Kria Botanicals was founded in the spring of 2018 with the mission of breaking the bottleneck that exists between small farmers growing high-quality hemp and value-added CBD products. After spending two years growing hemp in Vermont, Kria co-founder Dan Chang gained valuable knowledge of the plant and how its grown and dried - and saw a serious problem facing farmers who need extraction services to create a marketable product. That led to a years-long process of establishing a premium extraction lab, using only the highest-quality, certified organic hemp available on the market.
We started small, perfecting the art of extraction in small patches using subcritical CO2. Over time, our business grew in size and scope. We added scientists with years of extraction and lab experience to our team. We expanded our operations to include ethanol extraction in addition to CO2, and we grew our formulation, analytics and testing capacities.
Today, Kria Botanicals is a thriving business in the heart of Vermont’s hemp economy. We’re the first USDA-certified extraction lab in the state, and we’re serving customers across the country who are interested in sourcing premium CBD oil for their products.
Dan co-founded Kria Botanicals after a successful career in the brewing industry. After selling his brewery in Wisconsin, Dan moved to Vermont to work with Bill Lofy and the Vermont Cannabis Collaborative. Dan is in charge of extraction and chromatography operations at Kria Botanicals. He is also a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Gabon) where he organized farmers to build fish ponds and gardens. Dan and his wife Anna live in Shelburne with their two kids, Henry and Beatrix.
Bill Lofy co-founded Kria Botanicals after spending two decades working in politics and public affairs. He has worked in a range of senior positions in advocacy and governance: Chief of Staff to Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont, senior strategist to numerous gubernatorial and U.S. Senate campaigns, and advisor to non-profit advocacy organizations. Bill is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Cape Verde) with a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Bill lives in Jericho, Vermont with his wife Jamie, and their boys, Ben and Silas.
Rhea Breyette was born and raised in upstate New York. She graduated from Saint Michael's College with a degree in Biology and decided to put down roots in Vermont. She spent several years working in the restaurant industry and for local start-ups, from which her love for quality management and process optimization grew. While working under Dr. William Yawney at Aqua ViTea Kombucha, her role in QA/QC evolved, ultimately leading her to Kria Botanicals. Rhea's work at Kria focuses on production management, potency analysis, and product formulation. She lives in Burlington, VT and takes full advantage of the surrounding waters and mountains, river hopping and hiking in the summer, and skiing in the winter alongside her partner Nathaniel and pup Bodhi.
Kristina can most often be found in the Kria Botanicals lab doing R&D and analytics. She studied Chemical & Biological Engineering as an undergraduate at the University of Buffalo where she went on to acquire her Master’s in Chemical Engineering. Her love of travel landed her a job in Hangzhou, China, working on R&D role at Sunrise Spandex. Four years later, Kristina moved to Burlington, VT where she currently resides. Outside of the lab Kristina is an herb enthusiast who enjoys teaching educational workshops about herbs, essential oils, and the science of steam distillation