A GEELONG hemp firm is ramping up production ahead of the lifting of a ban on the industry next month.

Hemp food products will hit shelves from November 12, with Australia finally joining developed nations across the world in embracing the natural superfood.

After overseeing a plantation in Derrinallum in the state’s west, Australian Primary Hemp began operating a processing and packaging warehouse in Newtown about two months ago.

The start-up company is producing two products — hemp oil and hemp protein — with hulled hemp seeds to follow.

It is also selling its own seed to other labels, as it aims to become a leading industry provider.

Australian Primary Hemp director James Hood said the decision to allow hemp to be sold for consumption followed an 18-year national campaign to overturn the ban.

Hemp products in Australia had typically been limited to textiles, building and cosmetics industries.

“The pass of this legislation marks a massive achievement for the hemp community,” Mr Hood said.

“It will open a whole new door for hemp to enter the Australian superfood market and hopefully spark more conversation around the environmental benefits of the plant.”

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