The company’s seed-to-shelf approach, all housed at its 250 acres of organic farm and 45,000 sq. foot manufacturing facility and analytical lab in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, has enabled it to continue to control the supply chain, Scalzo told NutraIngredients-USA at last week’s Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim.
This vertical integration allows the company to control all aspects of the process, from seed selection to horticultural development, through extraction and manufacture of the finished products.
And by controlling the supply chain, the three big issues are eliminated, said Scalzo. Regarding identity, Gaia is using an array of techniques to ensure identity, including DNA characterization. “A lot of the adulteration in the industry can be ruled out with identity testing,” he said. “Since we control the supply chain we can detect adulteration.”
To eliminate the issue of solvent residues, the company only uses water and certified organic grain alcohol.