Tampa, Fla.-based Global Widget, the manufacturer and distributor of iconic CBD brand Hemp Bombs, is kicking off the brand’s fifth anniversary today, Aug. 9, following years of large-scale growth, industry-leading products, and an aggressive goal to set the gold standard in an emerging industry.
“It’s hard to believe it has been five years already,” said Kevin Collins, co-founder of Global Widget. “We have grown the company to more than 300 employees and have introduced hundreds of products, but our success all along has been because of the loyalty and support of our terrific customers, retailers and business partners. We have nothing but immense gratitude for the opportunity to serve them.”
Hemp Bombs launched in 2016 with a two-count package of CBD capsules as its first product. Today, the brand features more than 100 products, including a full line of CBD gummies and other edibles, topicals, vape and pet products.
Recently, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried toured the company. “I’ve had the opportunity over the last five years to see everything from how THC grows and manufacturing out in the West Coast to the East Coast and everything here in the state of Florida,” Fried said. “You have a terrific, amazing operation here.”
Fried appointed Holly Bell, Florida’s first-ever cannabis director. “When I got the facility tour, I thought, ‘This is the gold standard. This is what the industry needs,’” noted Bell.
From the start, Hemp Bombs had the goal to quickly become the original CBD brand that retailers and, most importantly, their customers trusted.
“Hemp Bombs is the category captain in convenience with over 60% market share five years and counting,” said Global Widget’s Vice President of Sales Vince Gillen. “We are very excited about the opportunity for growth and new store placements given that many large chain retailers are not yet carrying CBD or CBD gummies.”
Global Widget is a vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor and marketer of CBD and health and wellness products, and a leader in gummy production and packaging. The company makes CBD brands Hemp Bombs and Nature’s Script, and the wellness brand, Defense Boost. With more than 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space and about 300 employees, Global Widget is one of the nation’s largest CBD companies and a leading contract manufacturer providing quality products and support services to retailers, distributors and private brands worldwide.