At last month’s Institute of Food Technologist’s (IFT18) tradeshow in Chicago, I visited many companies who were featuring specific ingredients for the food and beverage industry. One company that I found particularly interesting was Longmont, Colo.-based Stillwater Brands.
Co-founded in 2014 by Justin Singer, Jeremy Goldstein and Melissa Bradley, Stillwater Brands creates, processes and distributes tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) distillates that are water-soluble. I had a chance to spend some time with Singer, who is the company’s chief executive officer.
Over the course of our meeting, he explained that Stillwater’s goal is to position themselves as an ingredient company and not a cannabis company. The company’s moto, “THC Your Way. Every Day.” is a key component to its vision as they strive to help consumers feel better without the stigma that is attached to “getting high,” Singer said.
Stillwater created Ripple, a water-soluble distillate that legal-age consumers can add to any food or beverage product. Ripple is fashioned in three ways: Ripple Balanced 5, which contains 5-mg of THC and 5-mg of CBD, Ripple Pure 10, which contains 10-mg of purified THC and Ripple Relief 20:1, which contains 10-mg of cold water-soluble CBD and 0.5-mg of cold-water-soluble THC.
The company also created a beverage-specific line with varying amounts of THC and CBD which includes Stillwater Teas, Whitewater Teas and Clockwork Coffee. The products are zero-fat, low calorie and liquid dissolvable, Singer says.
Singer stressed that the company prides itself on consistency. They produce their water-soluble THC and CBD products the same way, every time, so that consumers have a “repeatable experience that they trust, every time, with no surprises.”