QUALITY

Hempsteiner’s Quality Standards

At Hempsteiner, our quality standards and certifications serve as the guiding lights for all of our processes and procedures. The devil is in the details, which is why our quality control team actively works to uphold these standards. Since much of the hemp industry is still new and largely unregulated, we’ve made it our mission to hold our hemp to the same strict health, safety, quality, and traceability protocols used for our hops. Not only does this ensure quality with every product, but it also serves to help raise the bar for the hemp industry as a whole.

Our Quality standards - Image of a farmer checking the quality of leaves

How We Work

  • Sustainable farming practices
  • Supply chain traceability from seed to product
  • Clean harvest procedures
  • Organized and segregated receiving procedures
  • Consistent, accurate and detail-oriented lab testing
  • Consistent, state-of-the-art processing
  • Thorough research and development processes
  • Rigorous quality control

Sustainable Farming, Systems & Business Practices

Sustainability is one of our core values at Hempsteiner and governs the way we farm, the way we process our hemp, and how we run our business. By voluntarily adopting the strict standards established by certifying bodies like GLOBAL G.A.P. and ISO 9001, we show our commitment to sustainable farming practices, from the actual farming to our quality standards and management. Since efficiency is at the heart of many of our business decisions, we also put careful attention into details like packaging and storage to make sure we use as environmentally friendly materials as possible, while still ensuring the integrity of our products. 

Supply Chain Traceability from Seed to Product

Since the hemp industry currently has no controls over traceability, Hempsteiner has mirrored the strict standards set by our parent company, Hopsteiner. These standards allow us to trace our hemp material through all the stages of the crop year. This includes the growing season, harvest, receiving, lab procedures, processing, and our quality management system (by use of farm identification codes and lot numbers). In addition, we keep detailed lab reports and retain samples for each lot we process, so that at any time, we’re able to identify exactly where our hemp or extract has come from and where it went to.

Clean Harvest Procedures

During the harvest process, we subscribe to the highest hygiene and traceability standards. During harvest our ranch team segregates the hemp by variety and assigns traceable lot numbers to each group. They then clean and sanitize our forage harvesters to ensure no contamination between varieties. During the drying process, we keep our varieties in separate kilns, while maintaining detailed records. After baling, we clearly label each bale with the variety and lot number.  Once baling is finished, we are careful to track and record each delivery, whether it is traveling to our processing facility or directly to our customers. 

Organized & Segregated Receiving Standards

After baling, our team moves the bales to our warehouses, where they inspect each bale individually, taking samples and evaluating them for moisture content and temperature. Any bales that do not conform to our standards are rejected. In addition, we keep our warehouses clean and dry, continually checking the bales to ensure they maintain their integrity.

Consistent, Accurate & Detail-Oriented Lab Testing

Our reputable laboratory, renown in the hops industry, has been working to position itself as an industry leader in hemp, as well. After the bales are received in the warehouse, the lab team carefully evaluates and grades the hemp, issuing a report on its quality levels. The team checks every label for accuracy and compare against the daily intake list before entering the data into our ERP system. They then sample the bales, check them for moisture, and bring them to the lab where they conduct High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) analysis using industry common standards. This analysis separates, identifies, and quantifies each of the components (CBGa, CBD, CBDa, THC, THCa, CBN, CBC, CBCa) in the sample. The lab team retests any unusual results. This level of detail of accuracy helps us deliver greater consistency in all of our products, time after time. 

A Thorough Research & Development Process

As a team of dedicated scientists, we believe thorough research and development is critical to ensuring the quality of our products. From field to lab, the scientific method lies at the heart of our process. In the field, our botanists and agronomists conduct trials to test different varieties and yields, learning how to best manage them. In the lab, our team is currently initiating a ring analysis with our hemp industry peers to collect, share and analyze data, helping to raise the standards for the hemp industry as a whole. 

State-of-the-Art Processing

Our processing plant uses some of the most state-of-the-art processing equipment and practices available. When switching batches in our extraction process, our strict code of hygiene dictates that we thoroughly clean and sanitize each piece of equipment used, running the same material for one customer at a time. When packaging, we stamp each package with a unique number, labeling each box, drum, pail and pallet per our customers’ instructions to preserve the quality of our hemp.  

Rigorous Quality Control

Quality standards such as ours necessitate a rigorous quality management team, who manage everything from our certifications and quality requirements to hygiene and processing systems. Ensuring that we meet the standards outlined in our certifications and certifying bodies, the team zeroes in on product quality, safety, and traceability, constantly working towards greater efficiency and innovation. By holding us accountable through every step of the process, from seed to CBD and beyond, they are our secret behind the consistency, safety, and efficacy of our team and products.  

Our Certifications

We are in the process of expanding our GLOBAL G.A.P. (Good Agricultural Practices) certification to include hemp farming, a rigorous certification process that considers worker and contractor health; safety and welfare; sustainable farming and land management practices; reporting systems; hygiene and food safety; and complete traceability. All of our 2020 crop will be GLOBAL G.A.P. certified.

Both our farms and processing plants are certified to handle and process both organic hops and hemp. Again, this requires attention to detail: complete separation and traceability of the different products, following approved organic processing and farming procedures, and a commitment to clean and well-organized facilities.

All of our processing plants operate under a Quality Management System (QMS) that is ISO 9001:2015 Management System certification, an internationally recognized standard that validates the quality of our manufacturing, including everything from our organizational structure and leadership to systems to improve customer satisfaction.

By virtue of our compliance with both the ISO 9001:2015 standard, as well as the GLOBAL G.A.P. standards, we are a recognized sustainable organization and quality-driven organization operating in a sustainable manner.

In addition, we are currently registered with EcoVadis and Sedex, and the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI), to ensure the transparency of our sustainability and corporate social responsibility practices through our supply chain. We are also certified with Kosher and Halal to comply with the growing and processing standards for those certifications.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We will update this information as it changes.