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CRAILAR.COM LAUNCHES

CRAILAR.COM SETS STAGE FOR NATURALLY ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES’ INTRODUCTION OF CRAiLAR FLAX FIBER TO WORLDWIDE CONSUMERS

NAT announced this morning that it has launched  its newly-created principal web property, Crailar.com. The site moves the Company’s external brand focus toward its featured product, CRAiLAR Flax Fiber, and aims to speak to consumers, growers, partner brands, and investors.  Portland, Ore.-based Sticky Co., a multi-disciplinary design studio with a focus on interactive and motion media, executed the creative on the project.  To read the full press release click here.

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12/07/2012 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

NAT Label Victory

Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. announced Monday that the Federal Trade Commission will allow the company to label products made with its fiber as “flax” rather than “linen.”

The distinction is important for the company, which keeps its executive offices in Portland, as it pursues a retail strategy with partners including HanesBrands, Target and Levi Strauss & Co., some of the brands that are evaluating or using Naturally Advanced’s flax-based Crailar fiber.  To read the full story click here.

10/07/2012 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

Field Day Update

Field Day went off without a hitch!  Lucky for us, the weather cooperated and everyone had a great day out.  An introductory meeting was held after the guests arrived at the Pee Dee Research Center.

With Dr. Roy Dodd as the Master of Ceremonies, our distinguished guests were introduced as they spoke and addressed the crowd.  A grower’s guide was provided to all attendees and naturally allowed to ask questions along the way.  An introduction to CRAiLAR and flax was provided along with an explanation of the field display.  Guests were then shuttled to the field to see flax in various stages of growth and harvest along with the support equipment. Equipment representatives were available to answer any questions about machine settings & functions.

A big thank you goes out to everyone who came by to learn more about CRAiLAR and flax, share experiences from the past season, and prepare for the upcoming fall planting.  Our informative afternoon was capped off with a delicious dinner, catered by Roger’s Bar B Que.  Thank you for the great food and generous hospitality!

Clemson’s Pee Dee Center

The Pee Dee Center Grounds.

 Guests arrive and check out what’s happening at the CRAiLAR booth.

Guests listening intently to updates from the CRAiLAR Team.

Guests are shuttled out to the various flax fields.

Up close and personal with the recently harvested flax straw.

Machinery needed for the season.

Guests taking in the equipment presentations.

Guests lining up to enjoy Roger’s delicious bar-b-que.

Talk to you soon!
The CRAiLAR TEAM

21/05/2012 at 11:19 am Leave a comment

NAT to host Farm Day!

This coming Tuesday, May 15th, Naturally Advanced will be hosting CRAiLAR’s Farm Day.  Held at the Pee Dee Research Center, our fiber flax cropping demo will feature demonstrations including planting, seeding, mowing, raking/tedding and baling.

Growers will be learning more about the production of Fiber Flax.  The Naturally Advanced Technologies management team will be there to tell the CRAiLAR story, answer questions, to discuss the unique double cropping opportunity and best practices.

Grow with us!

11/05/2012 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

Harvest Time

As mentioned Wednesday this week, we would like to keep you updated on how things are going with the flax harvest this spring.  At the risk of sounding a bit smug, we can confidently say that our efforts are bearing fruit, seed and straw in our case.

We have been working on growth trials, trying various strains of flax from around the world, and testing the fields for a few seasons, and we are getting very close to harvest in South Carolina.  Winter growing is a bit of a challenge but flax is proving itself to be a very robust and hardy plant.

Below is a series of snaps that we’ve taken over the past week or so.  We’ve also been getting our growers together and up to date on the latest harvesting methods, equipment and building some good, old-fashioned CRAiLAR team spirit along the way.

Tending the field, assessing the crops’ progress


 Flax in bloom

Flax blossoms close up

Flax seed bolls closeup

Shelbourne Header fixed to the combine

 Shelbourne Stripper Header refresher course

 Setting up the mower (the flax straw will be cut as close to the ground as possible)

 Flax straw mowed and allowed to ret.  Next stop: Pamplico  

Speak to you soon!

The CRAiLAR Team

04/05/2012 at 10:08 pm 2 comments

Company to set up in Florence County

Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. plans to open a facility in Florence County. An initial $8 million investment will create 25 jobs as part of the company’s move to the county.

The company produces and markets CRAiLAR®, a natural fiber made from flax and other bast fibers.

“We thank the state of South Carolina, Florence County and all those who helped to establish the company’s presence in South Carolina,” said Ken Barker, CEO of NAT in a press release. “We are proud to see our investments and hard work beginning to pay off in the form of the production of CRAiLAR for commercial use. We’re particularly excited that Hanesbrands, our first production partner for Crailar, is being recognized this month for its sustainability efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and that it cited the use of our flax fiber, produced out of our test facility in Kingstree, in its EcoSmart socks available at retail in April. We look forward to further establishing our commercial, agricultural and civic partnerships in the state.”

NAT will locate its operations in the 143,500-square-foot Delta Mills Cypress plant on Old River Road in Pamplico.  To read the full story click here.

13/03/2012 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

NAT Named to the 2012 TSX Venture 50

Ranked 4th in the Clean Tech Sector

Victoria, B.C. and Portland, Ore. (February 22, 2012) – Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (“NAT” or the “Company”) (TSXV: NAT) (OTCBB: NADVF), which produces and markets CRAiLAR, a natural fiber made from flax and other bast fibers, announced that TSX Venture Exchange has named the Company to its 2012 TSX Venture 50, a list assembled based on quantitative measurement of top performing publicly traded companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). NAT was ranked fourth in Clean Tech sector.  To read the full story click here.

22/02/2012 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

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