WOODBURN, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PRESS RELEASE–Socati Corp., a processor of hemp extract with remediated THC, announced 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