The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings has announced that, due to market conditions, it is adapting operations and aggressively reducing costs.
Valleyfield Cost Savings
The Company has postponed the start up of its Valleyfield facility in order to centralize cultivation operations at Ancaster. The Ontario facility is able to produce larger volumes than initially anticipated, enabling the Company to delay cultivation operations in Valleyfield saving costs and capital. The Company has temporarily laid off the majority of its Valleyfield employees and intends to restart operations there later in the year. Ancaster is not impacted and continues to grow and harvest premium organic cannabis for the recreational and medical markets.
This change does not impact TGOD's timeline for the launch of its remaining Cannabis 2.0 products, with Infusers already launched and organic teas and vapes still on track to become available at the end of next month.
Ancaster Processing Facility
TGOD expects to imminently receive its licence amendment from Health Canada for the processing facility at Ancaster. Once it is received, the Company will be able to automate many of its processes reducing costs and further accelerating production.
Cost Reduction Measures
As it continues to work towards becoming EBITDA and operating cash flow positive later this year, beyond the cost savings generated with the Valleyfield operation postponement, TGOD has undertaken another series of measures to aggressively reduce costs. This includes:
Temporary salary reductions of 20% for salaried employees and 30% for certain executives. A freeze on all non-essential recruitment and consultancy work. Working with suppliers to identify further cost savings and efficiencies
"Multiple factors, most particularly the COVID-19 pandemic, are contributing to an environment in which we must be extremely prudent with how we manage our cost structure. These are unprecedented times, and the situation continues to evolve. With the support and unity I have seen from our employees, partners and stakeholders, I am very confident that TGOD can tackle this challenge and come out much stronger," commented Brian Athaide, CEO of TGOD. "We have seen very strong consumer and medical patient feedback from our recent TGOD Infusers launch and are looking forward to having them available in more stores quickly. These along with our upcoming additional 2.0 products are very unique and deliver superior consumer experiences which will help further differentiate and build our TGOD organic brand positioning," continued Athaide.