Maximum Yield Industry News October/November 2020 - Page 20

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT WAS TOUGH BECAUSE WE PUT SEVERAL DIFFERENT FILM MATERIALS THROUGH VIGOROUS TESTS ALL WHILE IMMERSING OURSELVES IN CANNABIS SCIENCE .”
What was the key to gaining market share and recognition ?
We attended many events and tradeshows for cannabis . We gained acceptance into the industry when cannabis growers provided the validation . If they hadn ’ t been so quick to validate the products , I wouldn ’ t be here today answering these questions . Our product ’ s reputation and reliability soon became known and remembered . Also , our 26 years of manufacturing experience made it so we can have an affordable product with a fast lead time .
Sounds like Integra has expanded quite a bit then ?
We have four locations including California , Mississippi , Mexico , and Neveda . The new Las Vegas office serves at the company ’ s headquarters . Desiccare manufactures products in Missippi and Tijuana , Mexico , with sales and distribution centers in Jackson , Mississippi , Las Vegas Nevada , and Pomona , California . We are opening new manufacturing facilities at the moment , but details must be kept short for now . We have hired more people to expand our sales and marketing team as we continue to grow .
What is your current product line ?
We currently offer our Boost two-way humidity control pack . These include plant-based , salt-free solutions . We offer larger desiccants that are the same technology used for pharmaceuticals . The Cargo Dry and Dry Bucket work great for any drying room . We are bringing oxygen control solutions over from our Food Safety department for use with cannabis concentrates and edibles that work great for maintaining potency and color for concentrates . We are also launching many new products . This includes Integra Boost Terpene Essentials , which are terpeneinfused Boost packs that will add or maintain terpene isolates found in the plant . These will be released in September 2020 .
Where do you distribute ? Worldwide .
What are your company ’ s strengths ?
We are proud to provide a new scientific solution to maintain freshness by providing a salt-free and plant-based product . With Desiccare being a leader in food safety and pharmaceuticals , our products are held to the highest level of cleanliness . We are ISO , GMP , BRC , and QLP certified as well as FDA compliant . Integra manufactures our products internally , so we are able to have competitive pricing , fast turnaround time , and customization available .
What are some of your proudest moments ?
Seeing an idea come to life and exceed sales goals every year and meet milestones that were not anticipated so early on . Integra exceeded and continues to exceed the expectations of our peers , shareholders , and directors of Desiccare . I knew we had done something right when I walked into a hydroponic store and for the first time in my life , I was referred to as the Integra guy . Coming from an industrial commodities background , that moment meant a lot to me .
What significant things have you learned so far about the industry ?
How it is constantly changing and becoming more elevated . Integra strives to bring the science , experience , and passion to the cannabis world .
What have you learned about starting and growing a company ?
Here at Integra , we never want to stop coming up with new solutions and ideas for the cannabis industry . I have learned to never stop exploring the science behind cannabis as the company keeps growing . We have quite a few tricks up our sleeve , or at least we think we do . We have to see how they test out first .
What words of wisdom can you share about the business , the industry , or the future of the industry ?
Surround yourself with a good team of people that work to accomplish the same goals . They are hard to find but once you do , hold on to them and give them room to grow . I have never worked with a team of such committed people before . It truly is a blessing .
What makes your employees so awesome ?
Our employees are the glue that holds Integra together . We work hard and play hard ! Between pingpong tournaments in the warehouse to prank wars in the office , the laughs never stop . The CEO of Desiccare , Ken Blankenhorn , has a philosophy that people should enjoy coming to work because adding a little bit of fun can make all the difference at a job .
Does Integra participate in community service initiatives ?
Integra has worked with NORML and Grow for Vets . We recently converted our Boost machinery to help produce one-time-use hand sanitizers for healthcare workers in areas hit hard by COVID-19 . Desiccare also donated thousands of desiccants to hospitals to keep N95 masks from growing mold and mildew so they were able to use them longer .
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