More and more consumers start to discover the power of the “green gold”, commonly known as hemp seed. “Hemp seeds have special characteristics and are extremely healthy. They are an important source of protein and ideal for vegans or consumers that are allergic to soy. Hemp seeds contain ten essential amino acids and minerals such as magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, copper and calcium. It also contains a lot of vitamin E and healthy omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. This powerful but difficult speciality food product is Z-Company’s corebusiness,” says general director Mitchell van Dongen.
“Everybody who is looking for hemp products, should contact us. We sell hemp foods such as hemp seeds, hemp seed oil and hemp protein to clients all over the world.”, according to Mitchell. Hemp food is available in different forms such as hemp seed oil, hulled hemp seed, hemp protein, hemp flour and hemp fibres. Processing hemp food is a speciality job, Z-Company focuses on this. The company is one of the few in Europe, and the only one in the Netherlands, that produces this difficult product on a large scale.
The company building in Nuenen is where the hemp seeds and other products, of which 95 per cent are organic, arrive. Mitchell: “Most of our food products are imported from South-America and Asia. For example dried berries, seeds, grains, nuts and freeze dried powders. The hemp seeds are mostly imported from China, and sometimes from Romania, France or Ukraine.” Customers such as wholesalers, retailers, health brands and nut bars can find all superfoods at Z-Company, that has more than sixty health food products in its assortment, and is still expanding.
The process of hemp seed
In the country of origin, the hemp seeds are dried, cleaned and polished. Next the hemp seed are sorted by size, packed and shipped to Nuenen. When they get there, they are cleaned further until they are 99,99 pure, followed up by an extra treatment that kills mould and bacteria. With a custom designed machine, of which there are only a limited amount in the world, the hemp seeds are hulled. After this, they are shipped all over the world in 25 kilo bags or big bags. Sometimes even in containers. This makes Z-Company a specialist in hemp food products and one of the biggest hemp seed processing companies in Europe.
Hemp as animal feed
Hemp is not only extremely suited for human consumption, but also as animal feed. After hulling the hemp seeds and filtering out the protein, the shells of the hemp seeds are left. Throwing away these shells is a waste, since they can be used as feed for animals such as birds, fish and cattle or as bio fermentation.
And hemp seed oil is not only nice in your salad or for baking, but you can even use it as fuel for your car. This is something that Henry ford, the famous car manufacturer, figured out long ago. And hemp seed oil is not only nice in your salad or for baking, but you can even use it as fuel for your car. This is something that Henry ford, the famous car manufacturer, figured out long ago.
From food product to bird feed, from bio fuel to concrete and clothes. Z-Company sees, just as Henry Ford did, the power of hemp. A big part of the hemp products is exported to large-scale consumers, wholesalers and the food industry in America and Europe. “Only in the Benelux our brand is already sold by over five hundred retailers,” says Mitchell van Dongen enthusiastically. “And this will only become more. We are not done growing just yet.”
For more information about all hemp and superfood products from Z-Company: www.z-company.nl