Tasmanian producer inks distribution deal

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Australian hemp food and skincare maker 13 Seeds Hemp Farm has signed on with Bio Living International for distribution of its products across Australia, the Cygnet Tasmania-based company said.

Bio Living, based in Melbourne, Victoria, distributes a portfolio of leading natural and organic products at retail in all Australian states.

Looking to grow

“The agreement offers 13 SEEDS the opportunity to really launch our brand, build market share and generate revenue for further growth,” said 13 SEEDS Co-Director Terry Memory.

13 SEEDS produces a range of 24 hemp-based food and skincare products. The company, started in 2014 by two families who grow and process the crop near Cygnet Tasmania, owns and operates the only hemp seed processing facility in the island state off Australia’s southern coast. The company says it will use profits from the distribution arrangement to expand production facilities and product lines this year. It is also running trials on different seed varieties and cultivation methods as well as expanding into joint venture product development deals in fiber and medicinal products.

Focus on improving human health

“Our focus is on nutrient density and the elevation of certain aspects of hemp seeds that really help support and improve human health,” said 13 Seeds Co-Director Gemma Lynch-Memory. “The clean, green reality of Tasmanian produced hemp seed and the opportunity to work with other local innovators, particularly in the food space, is really exciting.”

Bio Living, which dates to 2004, sources only GMO-free products from certified suppliers. The company offers some 2,000 products under 40 brand names.

Australia and New Zealand opened their markets for hemp-seed-based foods just this past November.

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