Hemp Trending: in Retail & Marketplace

Hemp Milk?
The versatile hemp seed (known for its uses in everything from textiles to fuel) has been gaining ground in the natural foods sector as a source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Commonly found in products such as oatmeal and sourdough pretzels, hemp is now emerging as a new ingredient for beverages. Living Harvest was one of the first, following along that trend is Pacific Natural Foods has introduced All-Natural Hemp Milk, which joins a number of other hemp milks that tout vitamins, minerals, ten essential amino acids, and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. In addition, hemp alcoholic beverages, like beer, wine and vodka, are also getting more attention. Because hemp and hops are cousins, the seeds and flowers are a natural addition to beer, such as Germany’s Greenleaf Hemp Lager or California’s Humboldt Brews Hemp Ale. Europe has been developing hemp wines, such as Switzerland’s ChanVrin Hemp Rose, while Hemp Vodka, with hemp seeds marinating on the bottom of the bottle, are coming from Russia and the Czech Republic.