Guest #1: Gerry Shapiro, President-Founder, Merry Hempsters, Inc
The Merry Hempsters are dedicated to promoting the extraordinary benefits of hemp seed oil (Cannabis sativa) through the production of uniquely effective and environmentally friendly vegan and organic hemp skin care products. We use only the finest quality natural ingredients in combination with cutting edge eco-friendly packaging. Core concepts of our mission are to produce effective hemp lip balms, salves, lotions and rubs, in concert with the environmental sustainability of our ingredients and packaging. This May will be our 20th year in business making us one of the if not oldest hemp companies in the U.S.
We strive to be responsible for the entire life span of all of our products from start to finish. Environmental sustainability, from the creation of the lip balm tubing we use (including all who take part in its creation) to the disposal of that tubing, is of utmost concern. We use only tree-free paper produced from hemp stock, soy based inks, and post-consumer recycled content in our correspondence and packaging. Our ultimate goal is to one day use only tree-free hemp stock for all our paper and packaging needs.
All of our products feature Canadian Certified Organic Hemp Seed Oil as a primary base. Our lip balms, salves and rubs are all unique in their healing properties and intended use. Anyone interested in regaining or maintaining health through natural products has probably heard about the benefits of hemp and if you haven’t then we would like to share that information with you. Because of the genuine benefits of hemp seed oil and a growing awareness of the importance of sustainability, we have an established presence in the U.S and Canadian marketplace. We have been in business since 1994. Each year we show an increase in market exposure, not just because hemp has good marketing appeal, but because it really works! Hemp is nutritious, sustainable and versatile. It’s truly good for the body, mind and soul. For more details on hemp, visit our Hemp Info section.
Guest #2 Shawn House, CEO/Founder, Hempzels, Lancaster Trading House, Inc.,
Hemp + Pretzels = “Hempzels®” – putting a new twist on some old favorites. Hand rolled by Pennsylvanian bakeries in small artisan batches. Creating customers one Hempzel at a time since 1997.
About- The original hemp pretzels – Artisian hand made – goes great with our Horseradish Hemp & Honey Mustard – we love to hear from our fans.
Mission- Continue to develop relationships with Pennsylvania food manufacturers so we can add hemp seed, value, to our products – ultimately contracting with Pennsylvania & US farmers for hemp seed raw materials & always working with our Canadian farmers whom we will never abandon.
Company Overview- Based near Hempfield Township, Pennsylvania, we sell retail direct through the website – we don’t have a store & ship wholesale direct to stores & business & use a few small food distributors to get our products to other customers.
Description- Hemp plus pretzels was how Hempzels(tm) got started by Ralph Amato of No Problem Inc. I purchased the company when the Government was trying to ban hemp foods between 1999-2004. We expanded relationships with other production facilities from Sourdough Hand rolled hemp pretzels to Mustard, Soft Hempzel Pretzels, branching out under Natalie’s choice also on facebook we have 100% hemp seed nut-less butter produced, raspberry hemp jams too. Retail direct through hempzels.com, wholesale direct with limited distributors.