With demand skyrocketing across the country for cannabis-infused food products, now is the perfect time to get in on the edibles market. It goes without saying that consumer tastes have evolved beyond the “special” brownies that guy from your college philosophy class prepared in the dorm kitchen. Now, many creative cannabis-infused products – from macaroons, lollipops, dried fruit, pretzels, to chocolate hazelnut spread (cleverly monikered “nug-tella”), are flowing off the shelves at dispensaries across the country.
Before your product hits the market, you need to make sure your infused product can handle the demands of the manufacturing process, distribution, and shelf life. Without proper processing and quality control, potency can easily be miscalculated. In fact, one study found that 83% of edible marijuana products sold in three major West Coast cities incorrectly labeled their THC and CBD content. (Vandrey et al,2015. Cannabinoid Dose and Label Accuracy in Edible Medical Cannabis Products. Journal of the American Medical Association, 313:24) As expected, this discrepancy can have significant business consequences. An incorrect dosage may compromise the therapeutic effects of your infused product, or even cause unintended side-effects such as severe anxiety.
To make sure you’re offering a consistent, high quality infused product, you need a top-notch food scientist. MNfuse is here to optimize and troubleshoot the entire technical process. Whether your product is at the concept development stage, or you just have a few quality concerns, MNfuse can help make your edible innovation a cannabis-infused success story.
How We Work
MNfuse is a food science consulting business based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Brand owners and manufacturers hire us to develop food and beverage formulas that produce consistent, quality products when manufactured. MNfuse uses the same techniques of vitamin and mineral fortification used by the food science industry. Typically, the percentage of vitamins and minerals for vitamin and mineral fortified foods and beverages is less than 2% of the overall product formulation. This same principle applies to formulating cannabis infused foods. The percentage of cannabis ingredients is typically less than 2% of the overall formula. This fact allows MNfuse to develop formulas without any cannabis ingredients. The formulas worked on by MNfuse in Minnesota do not require the addition of cannabis to create a food or beverage product. Cannabis ingredients are only used in states where laws permit its inclusion by licensed manufacturers. MNfuse does not manufacture any products in Minnesota or elsewhere. MNfuse does not work with cannabis ingredients in Minnesota. MNfuse works with licensed brand owners and manufacturers in states where medical and adult-use cannabis is permitted under state laws.