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Milestone Takes Company From Construction to Operations, Focus on Partner Order Delivery, Innovation Ahead

Victoria, BC and Portland, OR — CRAiLAR Technologies Inc. confirmed on Wednesday that it will commission the Company’s first full-scale manufacturing facility for CRAiLAR Flax Fiber on December 17, 2012. Announced on its investor call in October, the timeline remains in place to begin production of its sustainable, performance-driven flax fiber at the new Pamplico, South Carolina facility. Currently, it is supplying the product to HanesBrands, Target, Georgia-Pacific and others.

“We are pleased to be on schedule with the timeline we put forth in October, and thrilled to turn the power on and move into production before the end of the year,” said Ken Barker, CEO of Crailar Technologies. “This milestone will put us on course for significant developments for CRAiLAR Flax Fiber and its global brand partners in 2013.”

Production Output Projections

The Company plans to tier its output at the facility beginning with an anticipated 150,000 lbs. per week in January, increasing to 300,000 pounds per week in February, and then to level off in the short-term at 450,000 pounds per week thereafter. By the end of 2013, it anticipates the commissioning of expanded production capacity at the facility of 600,000 lbs. per week, and to achieve a total production capacity of more than one million pounds of CRAiLAR Flax Fiber per week by year-end 2013.

Partner Brand Updates

During the Company’s October investor update call, Barker outlined new development activities with iconic global leaders in sportswear and home furnishings, two previously untapped categories for Crailar Technologies, that it expects to migrate to commercialization in 2013. A transcript of that call is available to download at crailar.com/company/investors.

About CRAiLAR Technologies Inc.

CRAiLAR® Technologies Inc., previously Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc., offers cost-effective and environmentally sustainable natural fiber in the form of flax, hemp and other best fibers for use in textile, industrial, energy, medical and composite material applications. Produced using a fraction of water and chemical inputs compared with other natural fibers, CRAiLAR Flax is the newest natural fiber introduction to the market in decades. The Company supplies its CRAiLAR Flax to HanesBrands, Georgia-Pacific, Brilliant Global Knitwear, Tuscarora Yarns, and Target Corp. for commercial use, and to Levi Strauss & Co., Cintas, Carhartt, Ashland, PVH Corp. and Lenzing for evaluation and development. The Company was founded in 1998 as a provider of environmentally friendly, socially responsible clothing. For more information, visit www.crailar.com.

Victoria, BC and Portland, OR — Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. (NAT) is pleased to announce that, effective October 31, the company’s name will change from Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. to Crailar Technologies Inc.

Accordingly, and at the opening of trading on the TSX Venture Exchange on October 31, the trading symbol for the company will change from NAT to CL. The new CUSIP number will be 224248104 and the new ISIN number will be CA2242481042. It is also anticipated that the trading symbol for the company on the OTCBB will change, and the company will update its shareholders as soon as it receives its new trading symbol from FINRA evidencing the same. The share capital of the company remains unchanged.

“We have a unique opportunity to create a single technology, single brand entity platform which is a marketer’s dream,” said Ken Barker, CEO of Crailar Technologies. “We’re happy to have quickly completed this shareholder-approved strategy to change the company name to Crailar Technologies Inc. This change gives us a redline in branding through all corporate, technology and product applications.”

Concurrent with the change of name, the company will also be adopting new articles in the form approved by its shareholders at its recent annual general and special meeting, which was held on August 8. Among other things, the new articles facilitate the use of uncertificated shares and electronic record-keeping systems currently in use worldwide and which are increasingly being adopted in Canada. In addition, and as the company intends to apply to list its common shares on a senior exchange in the U.S., it was necessary to amend its articles to increase the quorum requirement for meetings of shareholders to one-third of the outstanding shares of the company.

About Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc.

Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, CRAiLAR® Fiber Technologies Inc., has developed proprietary technologies for production of bast fibers, cellulose pulp, and their resulting by-products in collaboration with Canada’s National Research Council. Its renewable and environmentally sustainable biomass resources from flax, hemp and other bast fibers offer cost-effective and environmentally sustainable processing and production, along with increased performance characteristics for use in textile, industrial, energy, medical and composite material applications. The company was founded in 1998 as a provider of environmentally friendly, socially responsible clothing. For more information, visit www.crailar.com.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada — Flax and hemp producers could soon benefit from a major increase in value per acre. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today that Advanced Foods and Materials (AFM) Canada is receiving an important investment to turn by-products of flax and hemp into high-quality fiber.

“This technology will create a new revenue stream for farmers by using what were essentially waste products and getting value for them back at the farm gate,” said Minister Ritz. “Our government strongly supports this kind of innovation, which will keep Canada’s agricultural sector sustainable and our economy strong.”

AFM will use this $500,000 investment to increase production capabilities of the technology developed by Blue Goose Biorefineries.

The development of this technology will substantially increase the value per acre of hemp and flax crops by finding uses for parts of plants that are currently considered waste. The increased production and availability of high-value cellulose products will create jobs in manufacturing, transportation, and research and development, to the benefit of the agricultural sector and Canada’s economy as a whole. The technology also benefits the environment by expanding biorefining capabilities.

“We are pleased to lead the scale-up of this technology and are looking forward to working with Blue Goose, POS Bio-Sciences, and the University of Saskatchewan,” said Perry Lidster, AFM Canada Managing Director. “The project will have a positive impact on the value of Canadian crops and will create new opportunities for innovation and competitiveness with the end products that are produced.”

“The Blue Goose Biorefineries project is a prime example of how collaboration can work synergistically among academia, industry, and government in matching research activities with strategic industrial needs for the betterment of the socio-economic welfare of the agri-food sector in Canada,” added Rickey Yada, AFM Canada Scientific Director.

AFM is a national non-profit organization in the research, development, and commercialization service for innovations in the biomaterials, food, and health sectors. For more information, please visit www.afmcanada.ca.

This project is funded under the Agricultural Innovation Program — a $50-million initiative announced as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2011 and part of the Government’s commitment to help Canadian producers benefit from cutting-edge science and technology. The Program boosts the development and commercialization of innovative new products, technologies, and processes for the agricultural sector. For more information about this and other Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada programs, please visit www.agr.gc.ca.

For more information, contact:

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
613-773-7972
1-866-345-7972

Meagan Murdoch
Director of Communications
The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
613-773-1059

Vancouver, BC & Portland, OR — Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc., which produces and markets one of the first new natural fibers in decades, CRAiLAR®, announced it will partner with Tuscarora Yarns, one of the world’s premier yarn innovators, to explore a host of new blended yarns using CRAiLAR Flax.

Under the terms of the non-exclusive, non-transferable license, Tuscarora Yarns will design and manufacture highly specialized CRAiLAR Flax fiber yarns and related products for sale and distribution to third party licensees of CRAiLAR.

“Tuscarora is one of the most innovative yarn spinners in the world, and has the ability to prepare us for entry into several unexplored categories such as couture fashion, sports performance, extreme weather gear, and certain sectors of home furnishings,” said Ken Barker, CEO of NAT. “This agreement will seek to push the applications of CRAiLAR beyond our first phase of cotton blending and establish new market sectors for this unique and sustainable natural fiber.”

The proprietary CRAiLAR enzymatic process, developed by Vancouver-based NAT in conjunction with the National Research Council of Canada, turns natural bast fibers — such as flax, hemp, jute, and kenaf — into soft, finished textiles that are as comfortable as cotton, but more durable and eco-friendly. The result is a product that can integrate with existing technology for spinning, weaving, or forming fabric, which can be used across categories such as apparel, footwear, work wear, and domestic textiles. Additionally, CRAiLAR can be used for a number of industrial applications. Since March 2011, NAT has announced commercialization or development agreements for CRAiLAR Flax fiber with HanesBrands, Georgia-Pacific, Levi Strauss & Co., Cintas, Carhartt, Ashland, Westex, Brilliant Global Knitwear and Target.

About Tuscarora Yarns

Tuscarora Yarns is a maker of specialty yarns headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, N.C. The company has been a reliable resource for the apparel and textile industry since 1899. Tuscarora is one of the leading manufacturers of heather and mélange yarns in the world. The company also serves the automotive and home furnishings markets. For more information about the company, please visit www.tuscarorayarns.com.

About Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc.

Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. develops renewable and environmentally sustainable biomass resources from flax, hemp and other bast fibers. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, CRAiLAR® Fiber Technologies Inc., has developed proprietary technologies for production of bast fibers, cellulose pulp, and their resulting by-products in collaboration with Canada’s National Research Council. CRAiLAR technology offers cost-effective and environmentally sustainable processing and production of natural, bast fibers resulting in increased performance characteristics for use in textile, industrial, energy, medical and composite material applications. The Company was founded in 1998 as a provider of environmentally friendly, socially responsible clothing. For more information, visit www.naturallyadvanced.com.

The factory, built in central Estonia, should start working in the coming year.

In the start of next year, the company Perfect Plant OÜ will start building a hemp factory costing EEK 70 million, writes arileht.ee. One of the owners of the company Ago Siiner is still cautions about revealing details: “It’s hard to make precise plans.”

The general goals have, however, been set. This autumn, the equipment of the factory will be ordered, construction will start in the beginning of the coming year, and starting phase begins next autumn. The exact location of the factory hasn’t been decided on yet, but it will most likely be in central Estonia.

The factory will start operating with full capacity in 2009. Full capacity means processing about 15,000 tons of hemp fiber, grown on 1.500 hectares of land. In essence, the factory will buy hemp stems from farmers and process them to get the fiber. The fiber, in turn, could be used in many industrial sectors, from manufacturing plastic up to construction materials.

Perfect Plant has been buying and selling hemp seeds in Estonia for years already. Even before the new factory is finished, the company hopes to start pressing oil from hemp at the level of small manufacturers.

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Hemp Oil Canada

Sainte Agathe, Manitoba — Hemp Oil Canada has formally announced a major expansion and relocation of Canada’s largest producer of bulk hemp foods and private label packager of hemp products.

Shaun Crew, President & Founder of Hemp Oil Canada, was pleased to report the implementation of a $1 million dollar expansion and relocation for Canada’s largest producer and processor of bulk hemp food products to Sainte Agathe, Manitoba. Today’s announcement follows more than 2 years of planning.

“Our expansion was not only a desire, but a necessity” explained Crew, “We have basically out grown our present location. We want to continue not only growing our company, but assisting in the overall growth of this industry”.

Over the last three years, Hemp Oil Canada has experienced double-digit growth producing healthy and nutritious food products such as hemp seed oil, hulled hemp seed, toasted hemp seed, hemp flour, hemp protein powder and hemp coffee. For the past six years, the company has been located in St. Norbert, Manitoba (the southern suburb of Winnipeg).

Hemp Oil Canada’s expansion involves the acquisition and renovation of four existing buildings (+10,000 sq.ft.) on a 1 acre parcel of land in the middle of Ste. Agathe, Manitoba. In addition to presently being Kosher Certified and USDA Certified Organic, the buildings will be renovated to meet “Food Grade” ISO and HACCP standards.

The expansion will also see a huge increase in Hemp Oil Canada’s “cold-press, cold-filtered” oilseed crushing capacity and the in-house production of hemp flours & hemp protein powders. Hemp Oil Canada will also be introducing an automated oil bottling line and a pouch/container packaging line, both of which will further improve our product quality, labor efficiency and production capabilities.

“We have always prided ourselves on delivering the freshest, top quality hemp food products in the industry” advised Crew, “We will now have the processing infrastructure and production capacity to meet the needs of not only our existing customer base, but also those prospective companies looking for a co-processor or co-packer that has the flexibility to meet their individual needs”.

The expansion renovations will also include the construction of a 3,000 cubic foot “climate controlled” cooler for optimum product storage and distribution.

Hemp Oil Canada was founded in February 1998, just one month prior to Health Canada re-legalizing the cultivation of Industrial Hemp in Canada, after some 60 years of prohibition. This year Hemp Oil Canada has contracted with more than 55 farm producers on the Canadian Prairies to cultivate some 5,500 acres of both organic and conventional hemp seed production.

Hemp seed is one of the oldest agricultural crops grown for many millennia by mankind. The seed has long been a staple supply of a complete, plant based source of protein and fat, in the form of nutritious oil containing the much researched and healthy Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

Hemp Oil Canada is proud to supply these wholesome, natural ingredients to other value-added food manufacturer’s producing everything from hemp ice cream, hemp cereals, hemp baked goods, hemp nutrition bars, hemp butters to hemp beer.

“We are extremely excited about the future potential for hemp production and processing on the Canadian Prairies” said Crew, “and we equally excited about our companies expansion and relocation to better serve this exploding marketplace”.

The processing facility renovations will begin immediately with the relocation being phased in for completion by the end of November.

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Dauphin, Manitoba, — With 80 per cent of the continent’s narcotic-free hemp grown here, and one of the world’s largest hemp fibre plants slated for construction next year, Dauphin is laying claim as Canada’s hemp capital.

“We hope to lead the way,” says Don Dewar, a Dauphin-area grower and president of Parkland Bio Fibre Ltd., a co-op of 50 growers who are behind the processing plant.

Hemp production was banned in Canada in 1938 because hemp and marijuana look exactly the same. Narcotic-free hemp was legalized again in 1998.

The drive up Highway 10 into Dauphin gives a jolt to the nasal cavities. If you fail to notice the fields of towering, two-metre high hemp swaying like trees beside the road, you won’t miss the pungent, incense-like smell.

The proposed processing plant will have an immediate market selling hemp for paper and cardboard recycling.

Recycled cardboard requires 18 per cent new fibre, and hemp makes stronger product and increases the times it can be recycled.

The facility will also produce fibre mats, which hold more moisture than existing mats, for hanging baskets for horticulture.

The plant will be able to process 36,000 tonnes of fibre per year, and will require 20 full-time staff.

The facility is scheduled to open in about one year.

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Premium Crops Ltd, a specialist UK crop production company, has announced the closure of its hemp and flax processing factory located in North Wales.

The decision results from a combination of several factors, such as recent changes to the EU Common Agricultural Policy and continued delays in the establishment of sustainable markets in the UK for industrial grade natural fibres. However, increasing pressure from a landlord appears to be a major factor.

“We very much regret the decision as we continue to view fibre crops as a medium to long term opportunity, but the economics of maintaining the facility cannot justify further increases in costs at this time,” said a spokesman for Premium Crops.

The factory comprises a complete processing line for the extraction and cleaning of fibre from flax and hemp straw, together with fibre blending facility, fibre and shive baling and dust briquetting equipment. It is the largest facility of its type to have been built in the UK in recent years.

The complete processing line will now be sold off, either as a whole or as individual components, with the intention to remove all equipment by the end of July.

Copyright © 2004, Premium Crops Ltd. All rights reserved.

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada — Proponents of a hemp-processing factory in Dauphin met with provincial officials Monday to present an updated business plan and secure financial backing.

The Parkland BioFibre hemp factory would process locally grown hemp straw into fibre products.

“We’ve identified the markets for both the bast [long] fibre and the hurd [short fibres],” says spokesman Don Dewar.

“We have prospective customers. One is a major supplier of hurds into the bedding market in Europe. It’s a French company, but it has a Canadian office and is looking at supplying the hurds into North America. The other is a company that recycles cardboard.”

Dewar says the plant would create 20 jobs and bring in $4 million a year for local hemp farmers.

Dewar and the Parkland Industrial Hemp Growers co-op want the provincial and federal government to kick in about $6 million, which would be paid back. Dewar says the provincial government is on board, but the federal government has no yet committed; he hopes to meet with officials from both levels of government within the next couple of weeks.

Dewar says they will not solicit investment from the general public until they develop a market and get support from governments and banks.

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — In a province plagued by brain drain, it’s refreshing to receive a little injection of grey matter.

Saskatchewan’s brain gain is courtesy of Jason Freeman, a young entrepreneur from Vancouver who recently moved his hemp business to Regina.

The Saskatchewan Hemp Association, the provincial Agri-Food Equity Fund and a hempseed supplier called Gen-X Research Inc. influenced Freeman’s decision to relocate.

“There’s not much hemp being grown in east Vancouver,” said the president of Biohemp Technologies Ltd.

This June, his company launched its Mum’s Original line of edible hemp products.

“We decided on a niche that a small company that is undercapitalized could pretty well protect, which was certified organic hempseed products.”

Hemp seed oil is the flagship product, but the company also sells hemp flour, dehulled hempseed and a variety of toasted hempseed snacks, which Freeman said are selling well.

The Mum’s Original line is available at 120 health food stores across Canada and the company is starting to make inroads in the United States.

A $15,000 grant from the Saskatchewan Agri-Food Equity Fund enabled the company to hire four sales representatives to conduct in-store demonstrations in several regions of British Columbia, Alberta and Toronto.

“That was really crucial for us,” he said.

Including the $15,000 grant, Freeman and his business partner, Martine Carlina, raised $150,000 to establish Biohemp.

Most of the money came from friends and family, but they were also able to raise $41,000 through Vancouver stockbrokers.

Freeman got his start in the hemp business when he opened a retail hemp store in New Westminster, B.C., in 1995.

He moved on to become director of sales for Wiseman Noble Sales and Marketing, a Vancouver-based company that lobbied hard for the legalization of commercial and industrial hemp production.

He organized hemp symposiums and trade shows and sold advertising for Commercial Hemp magazine.

The company folded shortly after Health Canada legalized the growing of industrial hemp in March 1998.

“It’s mission was fulfilled and I had all this great market information.”

Capitalizing on his knowledge and industry contacts, he created Biohemp in May 1999 and moved the company to Regina a year later.

Welcome addition

Kelley Fitzpatrick, president of the Saskatchewan Nutraceutical Network, said Freeman and his partner bring youth and enthusiasm to the province’s fledgling nutraceutical and dermaceutical industry.

“I really like Biohemp’s approach. I think they’ll go somewhere,” Fitzpatrick said.

“I think (Freeman) is very, very smart. I think he’s very dedicated and focused upon moving the industry forward.”

She said the hemp industry needs an injection of dedication and stability after the Consolidated Growers and Processors debacle. CGP was a U.S. company that contracted 18,200 acres of hemp with Canadian farmers and later filed for bankruptcy.

Freeman and his partner demonstrated their commitment to the hemp industry by moving their operation from Vancouver to Regina, Fitzpatrick said.

Biohemp isn’t involved in hemp production and processing, but Freeman said it might entertain the idea of building a processing facility if sales become high enough.

“Instead of necessarily building a plant ourselves, we’d like to network with a farmer group or a co-operative and entice them to develop the bricks and mortar and we’ll just develop the market and sell it.”

Gen-X Research Inc., a company Biohemp shares warehouse space with in Regina, provides Freeman with nearly all its hemp seed. It’s a Finish variety called Fin-314, a dwarf type that can be harvested with conventional machinery.

Biohemp contracted only 18 tonnes of certified organic hemp in the first year of operation. This year, the company contracted 100 tonnes and expects to run out by next harvest.

The processing is farmed out to a variety of facilities across the Prairies. Most of the small runs are conducted at Goldburn Valley Oil Mill in Tisdale, Sask., and Gordo’s Foods Inc. in Saskatoon, but Biohemp also uses processors in Manitoba and Alberta.

“Right now it doesn’t necessarily pay them to do business with us,” Freeman said.

“However, they see that in a year or two year’s time it will, as our volumes increase.”

Initial sales are starting to roll in. The company did $36,000 worth of business in the first four months since the product line was launched in June. October’s sales could nearly match that total if a deal involving hemp feed goes through.

Freeman sees “huge potential” in using hemp for animal feed. Fin-314 is high in essential fatty acids and amino acids and could be marketed as a premium-priced feed ingredient.

Health Canada hasn’t approved hemp as a component in feed rations, so Freeman’s sales are restricted to researchers conducting hemp feed trials.

The company recently sold its first drums of hempseed oil into the cosmetics market.

“These drums cost thousands of dollars a piece so they’re nice sales.”

Freeman has big plans for Biohemp but said he needs another $175,000 in capital to properly commercialize the project. That will be his next big sales job.

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