Posted on May 15, 2019
Socati acquires Blue Marble Biomaterials, enabling mass production scale, quality control and product purity of broad spectrum hemp
WOODBURN, Ore. – May 15, 2019 – Socati Corp., a leading processor of hemp extract with remediated THC, announced today it has acquired Blue Marble Biomaterials, a manufacturer of natural and sustainable specialty compounds for the global food, fragrance and cosmetic sectors. The acquisition marks a major milestone in Socati’s capability to meet the rapidly growing demand for high-quality, hemp-derived ingredients, including CBD and other cannabinoids.
Under the terms of the transaction, Socati will acquire Blue Marble’s food-grade, 22,000-square-foot Missoula, Mont., manufacturing facility, enabling Socati to rapidly scale its production to become one of the industry’s largest suppliers of broad spectrum hemp extracts, which have undergone a proprietary process to remediate THC below lab-detectable levels while leaving CBD and other synergistic cannabinoids intact. Blue Marble’s testing laboratory also was acquired, allowing Socati to advance its already significant analytical capabilities and to continue to ensure that Socati exceeds the highest standards of quality.
Blue Marble CEO James Stephens will join Socati as general manager of Socati Montana, leading the launch of this facility. Blue Marble’s entire team of chemists, microbiologists, chemical engineers and industrial engineers also will join Socati. The Socati Montana team is expected to grow to 40 employees by the fall. Terms of the deal were not announced.
“Socati’s acquisition of Blue Marble reflects our commitment to an industry with the potential to grow to $22 billion by 2022,” said Socati CEO Josh Epstein. “This acquisition positions Socati to capitalize on this meteoric growth through quality manufacturing, product development and innovation, setting the bar for product purity and consistency. We’re pleased to have found such an optimal facility and talented team to enable this growth and to expand our footprint to Montana – a state that has embraced the potential of the hemp industry for consumers and businesses.”
When upgrades and expansion are complete in the fall, the facility will feature a state-of-the art, mass-scale manufacturing process capable of processing 10 tons of hemp feedstock per working day. The testing laboratory will be equipped with the most advanced analytical capabilities to identify cannabinoids, ensure product purity and quality, and confirm that THC is below lab-detectable levels.
“Blue Marble has a heritage of innovation and a commitment to manufacturing the highest quality products, including hemp-derived products, and we are proud that with Socati we will continue to meet and even exceed our high standards,” Stephens said. “I’m excited to join such a strong team and oversee what is poised to be the country’s leading, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for hemp-derived products.”
Blue Marble has been operating its Missoula facility at the highest standards for quality, currently maintaining Safe Quality Foods Level 2 (SQF) certification for food grade manufacturing. Socati intends to maintain these high standards for quality manufacturing and has engaged BSI Engineering in Cincinnati to complete its facility upgrades.
Socati is a leading processor of broad spectrum hemp extracts. The company provides a top-quality and consistent product for a market projected to reach $22 billion by 2022. Leveraging investments in new technologies, Socati engages in large-scale manufacturing and has logistics in place to process increasing amounts of hemp biomass to meet demand. With the ability to manufacture broad spectrum hemp extracts at scale, Socati is built to serve the needs of large, international CPG companies that are seeking high-quality raw materials. To learn more about Socati, visit www.socati.com.
About Blue Marble
Blue Marble Biomaterials is an innovation powerhouse specializing in extraction, fermentation and natural product formulation and development. Since 2007, the company’s manufacturing pathways and product development expertise have inspired Blue Marble to create natural ingredients for the flavor, fragrance, food and personal care industries. The resourceful and skill-oriented team creates value by generating solutions for partners and maintaining its ethics for consumer interests, clean labels and the environment. To learn more about Blue Marble, visit www.bluemarblebio.com