Creations from the Czech Republic, Poland, South Africa, Nepal and France are among those that will go on the shelves of HempBoutique, a display of artisan hemp products from around the world that is planned for the NoCo Hemp Expo March 31-April 1 in Colorado, USA.
The Boutique, part of a Global Hemp Village on the NoCo exhibition floor, aims to give small, specialized producers a chance to get their products and innovations exposure in the fast-growing U.S. market, said Hana Gabrielová of Czech-based Hempoint, who is leading the HempBoutique supplier group.
“Like most industries, innovation in hemp comes from the bottom up. It’s always the smaller companies doing the most interesting things,” Gabrielová said. “The Boutique is a way to get their products out there in an affordable way.”
NoCo is only the first stop for the HempBoutique, Gabrielova said, as plans call for the installation to go into other international trade fairs this year. “And we’ll keep expanding the brand lines as we find interesting products.”
In the HempBoutique so far are:
– GoodFoods, a Polish organic farmer and processor that produces a range of hemp foods including a CBD honey.
– Stokvel Collective, South Africa, which is developing a line of hemp products combining nutrition rich native South African plants with hemp in food and health and beauty products.
– Hemp Services International, France, specialists in cannaromatherapy whose product line merges CBD and with essential oils.
– Hempoint, Czech Republic, which makes a full line of hemp food products including seed-based food and protein supplements, oil, snacks and teas.
– Shah Hemp Inno-Ventures, Nepal, which makes health and beauty products, and a line accessories from hemp textiles.
Gabrielova said discussions are ongoing with Euro-based hemp designers to bring a clothing line into the HempBoutique. Artisans interested in presenting their products can apply here.