Canopy Growth Corporation has begun producing cannabis-infused beverages at its headquarters in Smiths Falls, Ontario.
The company said it has received operating and secure storage licence from Health Canada for its 150,000-square-foot beverage facility.
During the first wave of production, 11 beverages, all based on Canopy’s Distilled Cannabis process, will be produced at the plant.
The company said the licence positions it to begin shipping its beverage inventory across Canada within weeks. Timing of specific product availability will vary by province.
“This licence represents years of hard work to bring our vision to life. We are deeply proud of the team’s hard work and dedication that has brought us from the tear-down of the original building in early 2019, through to the completion and licensing of our brand new facility,” said Mark Zekulin, CEO of Canopy Growth.
“We also appreciate the support of our partner, Constellation Brands, who lent their expertise from building and equipment design to staffing requirements for this world-class facility.
“Cannabis beverages have the potential to introduce an entirely different demographic to the cannabis category by presenting them with a familiar product format and an onset time akin to beverage alcohol.”
With this operating licence, Canopy Growth said it is prepared to supply the Canadian market with a variety of new ‘Cannabis 2.0’ products, including beverages, chocolates and vapes.
The beverage facility adds to the complement of cannabis production facilities in Smiths Falls including a regional distribution centre, an automated manufacturing facility and a bean-to-bar chocolate factory.
Last month, Canopy Growth acquired a 72% stake in BioSteel Sports Nutrition in a move to enter the cannabis-infused sports drinks market.
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