Spirit of Innovation winner: Landrace Bioscience grows along with the hemp and CBD industry

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Containers of processed CBD oil on Thursday Oct. 8, 2020 at Landrace Bioscience. The company manufactures hemp extracts.

Since 2001, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce has recognized local companies launching innovative products, practices or processes with its annual Spirit of Innovation award. The award's announcement during the city's annual Startup Week moved online this year, highlighting three groundbreaking businesses that have found creative ways to thrive during a challenging time. Here is this year's winner:

During a coronavirus pandemic-stricken year, CBD producer Landrace Bioscience has seen demand for its product rise, and the company has landed a Spirit of Innovation award from the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.

"Everyone is under heightened stress," says James Dawson, the Chattanooga-based company's vice president of sales and marketing. "It's an industry dedicated to helping people alleviate stress, calm down and relax."

Landrace, which has a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing facility off Amnicola Highway, was founded in June 2018 and employs 14 people, Dawson says.