Richard Rose is founder, president, and “Chief Hemp Nut” of HempNut, Inc., a food company specializing in researching, developing and marketing hempseed foods, the first two of which were introduced in 1994. He is also a founder and president of Omega Nova Corporation, specializing in novel omega-3 delivery systems, and until its sale in 2001 was a founder and president of Rella Good Cheese Company (formerly known as Sharon’s Finest), a food product development and marketing firm making many cheese alternatives, including TofuRella. In 1998, Richard founded the Hemp Food Association, dedicated to improving the quality of education, production and marketing of hempseed foods.
Now age 48, Richard has long put his beliefs “where his mouth his”…literally: a vegetarian since age 12 and still a vegan since age 22, his personal mission is to introduce and popularize the use of super-nutritious hempseed for food, in order to reduce the deleterious health and planetary effects of the animal-based diet. Richard started HempNut, Inc. in order to market new hempseed foods, starting with HempRella cheese alternative and Hempeh Burgers, both introduced in 1994. He also invented and marketed HempNut brand shelled hempseed, peanut butter, hempseed oil, whole food bars, chocolate chip cookies, organic blue corn chips, Hempscream, and lip balm.
Richard was awarded the 1997 Hemp Times “Bioneer Award” for Outstanding Achievement in Food, the 1997 Hemp World “Hempy Award” for Food, and the 1998 Hemp World “Hempy Award” for Product Innovation for his HempNut brand of shelled hempseed.
The acknowledged father of the U.S. hemp foods movement, many new companies have adopted Richard’s vision of a hemp foods future, business model, and products, including Nutiva, Fresh Hemp/Manitoba Harvest, Galaxy Global Eatery, Ruth’s, Hemp Oil Canada, and others.
Richard has appeared on hundreds of radio shows, dozens of TV shows, including a 9-minute segment on hemp foods on the CBS-TV national program “The Roseanne Show,” and has been the subject of hundreds of newspaper and magazine stories.