This company, based in Kensington, PEI, manufactures specialty oils for dietary supplements, food, and personal care products. “We are vertically integrated from soil to oil,” says Crystal Cormier, General Manager. “We grow oilseed crops, manufacture those crops into oil, and sell the oil.”
There are office locations in Canada, the US and the UK. At the company’s Canadian location in Kensington, there is also an oil production facility and a refinery that was commissioned in 2010.
The production facility mechanically extracts the oil from the seed and the refinery removes impurities from the oil.
“We also have an on–site quality control laboratory, which monitors every step of our operation, from planting seed going out to our growers, harvested seed coming back in, and every step of our production in the refinery. The facility is ISO-22000 certified, and our lab is fully capable of supplying a certificate of analysis for all the oil that comes from our facility.”
They have three main products:
Ahiflower oil is the richest non genetically modified plant-based source of Omega-3-6-9 oil currently available on the market. Ahiflower oil is commonly found in nutraceuticals, nutritional supplements, food ingredients, and animal nutrition.
“This oil has been involved in a number of studies over the last several years,” says Crystal. “Currently it is involved in a comparison with flaxseed oil and fish oil at the University of Toronto looking at the omega-3 turnover in brain and other tissues.
“There is also a human clinical trial happening at the University of Moncton looking at hip and joint mobility and pain and related inflammatory biomarkers related to rheumatoid arthritis.
“In addition, DoseCann Inc. has recently purchased the global rights to ahiflower oil to use in their portfolio of cannabis products, and we are very pleased to be working with another Island company.”
Crambe or Abyssinian oil is grown locally on PEI. It is high in erucic acid and is used in personal care products.
Meadowfoam seed oil is known for its stability, and is used in personal care products. The seeds are grown in Oregon in the US and processed on PEI.
“Due to increased demand, the company has doubled the production of Crambe and Meadowfoam seed oil. This is very good news for Island growers of Crambe.”
“A big part of operations is in our production facility, where we look for people with production experience and mechanical and equipment-related experience to fill those positions.
For more information, visit www.naturescrops.com