Naturally Splendid Enterprises has signed a research and product development service agreement with the Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development's Food Science and Technology Centre in Brooks, Alberta, Canada. The research will focus on using the company's HempOmega plant-based supplement to fortify commercial petfood.

The center will develop optimized petfood formulations and processing capabilities followed up with nutritional and performance testing at an approved lab. "Moving forward with this important investigation of the processing capabilities of HempOmega is a critical step in our product development phase," said Bryan Carson, vice president of operations for Naturally Splendid. "The Food Science and Technology Center is the ideal facility to help us develop this new product line, as they have scientists who specialize in the formulation and production of both dog and cat foods. We are very excited to have access to this experienced team of experts."

Funding for this project will come in part from the National Research Council of Canada.