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CAN (BC): Construction completed at Winnipeg-based facility

AgraFlora Organics International's subsidiary The Edibles and Infusions Corporation has completed construction on its 51000-Square-foot fully-automated edibles manufacturing facility in Winnipeg Manitoba. The company is now preparing to apply for a Standard Processing License from Health Canada.  It intends to submit the application for the Processing License before the end of May 2020.

"The completed 51000 square-foot Edibles Facility was built to meet or exceed regulatory standards with respect to security cleanliness and product safety," the team with the company explains. "The equipment to be used for manufacturing is of the highest quality and will allow EIC to pursue EU-GMP certifications in the future.  The equipment utilizes specialized dosing technology that provides specific dosing to meet regulatory requirements and customer specifications while also reducing the risk of contamination or degradation of the cannabis inputs.  When fully operational EIC expects to produce over 250000 pieces of precisely dosed edibles per eight-hour shift.  The facility can be run 24/7 if required and is anticipated to require only 30 staff at full operation due to the high level of planned automation.   The Edibles Facility is designed to be flexible with respect to future product lines including chocolates and drinks and scalable up to 1000000 pieces of precisely dosed edibles per eight-hour shift with additional manufacturing lines."

James Fletcher one of the founders and the operational manager of EIC stated “Our Edibles facility is designed to be to our knowledge the most technologically advanced and efficient cannabis facilities in Canada. Our team has almost 100 years of knowledge and experience in private label confectionery manufacturing.  Rather than trying to scale up practices developed in unlicensed establishments we have built a Facility which can produce cannabis edibles using world-class food manufacturing processes. As a result we will be able to provide our clients with the highest level of service and support as we work together to build lasting and valuable brands nationwide.”

EIC currently holds a Research and Development license (“R&D License”) from Health Canada that allows it to produce cannabis edibles for the purpose of recipe development including palatability studies. The company intends to use the R&D License to perfect its recipes with clients to ensure that customers are satisfied with the flavor shape size and mouthfeel of each gummy produced. Utilizing the R&D License this way will allow EIC to develop commercial relationships and be ready to scale revenue quickly upon the issuance of the Processing License.

“Edibles are the most attractive cannabis 2.0 product category to AgraFlora and within that category gummies have emerged in Canada and the United States as the clear winner.  EIC positions AgraFlora to be a leader in cannabis gummies” stated Brandon Boddy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AgraFlora. “To date the gummy category has not been fully supplied as companies have struggled to scale up manufacturing.  We chose our management team based on their experience and our expectation of being able to scale quickly post-license to meet the needs of Canadian consumers and brands.  Given the recent increase in cost of capital we feel that our timing to come to market in 2020 is perfect as brands will be able to enter the edibles space using EIC as a partner without the capital expense or time involved with scaling up in-house manufacturing capacity.  We look forward to EIC powering what we expect will be some of Canada’s top edible brands in 2020 and beyond.”

"Although there is no guarantee on licensing timelines management estimates that first revenue post-licensing will be delivered in Q4 2020."

For more information:
AgraFlora Organics
agraflora.com


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