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Choom Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS:CHOOF) Expands Its Cannabis Retail Store Network

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Choom Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS:CHOOF) has developed its retail portfolio and the expansion of its cannabis retail outlet network in British Columbia and Alberta. This comes on the back of rights secured for an additional 7 retail places in British Columbia and 5 in Alberta. With these new retail opportunities, the company’s total retail potential has jumped to 52 sites across western Canada.

The expansion strategy

Choom™ is following an aggressive expansion strategy to advance a notable retail brand in the adult use market in Canada. The company intends to advance and acquire retail stores, subject to necessary municipal and governmental approvals. Its provincial presence stands at 29 leases in prominent locations in Alberta with as many as 28 applications submitted, together with 17 retail opportunities in British Columbia. The company is also negotiating additional leases with the plan of filing applications for retail licenses, which clearly means increased presence in the region.

Chris Bogart, the CEO and President of Choom, expressed that they are thrilled with the development they are making towards becoming a major cannabis retailer in the Canadian market. The recreational segment is growing, but it is also bringing challenges to acquire customers. To mark their presence, they will need more customer acquisitions, which will be leading to securing market share.

Bogart added that they want to create a remarkable experience for the customer through growing retail distribution. They are looking to retail prospects across the nation with their focus on growing ‘Good Times with Good Friends‘.

A couple of months ago, Choom appointed Aussie Jiwani as Director of Sales in the company. Mr. Jiwani will be a part of the company’s management team as they move towards being a grower of top craft cannabis and the major cannabis retailer firm the recreational industry in Canada. The company expects that the experience and knowledge of its new Director of sales will enhance its overall expansion strategy.

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Dosecann Inc, A Subsidiary Of Auxly Cannabis Group Inc (OTCMKTS:CBWTF), Enters A Pact With Lonza Group AG (OTCMKTS:LZAGF) For LEMS Machine And Capsule Filling And LEMS Technology

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Auxly Cannabis Group Inc (OTCMKTS:CBWTF)’s subsidiary Dosecann Inc has signed a pact with Lonza Group AG (OTCMKTS:LZAGF)’s subsidiary Capsugel Inc. As per the terms of the accord, Dosecann receives rights to use sealing LEMS and capsule filling LEMS technology. The company also gets equipment for capsule sealing and filling besides proprietary liquid filled Licaps capsules of Lonza. Dosecann collaborates with Lonza for new formulations to produce Cannabis capsules.

Lonza’s technology in health applications

Lonza’s technology is used in functional improvements such as odor and taste masking, bioavailability enhancement, controlled/ delayed release, and combination products in nutritional and health applications.

Annual capacity for 200 million capsules

Dosecann will equip its PEI facility with a complete production line having an annual capacity to fill/ seal 200 million Capsugel Licaps capsules. It can provide new compounds having improved functionality.

Dosecann will improve its production and product development capabilities by getting access to patented technologies of Lonza. The company will also use the patented technology to support the differentiated product offerings via possibilities of color and branding and multiple delivery systems. The new technologies of Lonza will enable Dosecann to introduce differentiated and innovative capsule products in different dosages.

President of Auxly, Hugo Alves said the company is thrilled to work with an international leader in encapsulation technology and capsules. He looks forward to develop a fruitful and creative long-term relationship with Capsugel and Lonza. It is the right time for the deal because Auxly is preparing to market derivative products with expected legalization by end of this year.

Auxly focuses marijuana derivatives

Auxly is focusing on marijuana derivatives expansion by end of this year despite widening its net loss. The company has reported revenues of $817,000 CAD in Q1 2019. The company has derived sales of $525,000 CAD from deferred service contracts contributed by KGK Sciences. It has generated balance sales of $292,000 CAD from cannabis flower. The company is holding back the dried flower to produce concentrates, edibles, and topicals expecting legalization by Health Canada by October 2019. Its net loss has widened to $13.8 million CAD in Q1 2019 from $10.5 million CAD in Q1 2018.

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Real Brands Inc (OTCMKTS:RLBD) Signs An LOI To Purchase Proprietary CBD Formulas From Florida Based Integrative Medicine US

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Real Brands Inc (OTCMKTS:RLBD) has signed an LOI to buy proprietary CBD formulas of Integrative Medicine US. The formulas comprise ancient Chinese Medicine and Herbal Remedies that are blended CBD, nutrients, and endocannabinoid systems. Following the acquisition, Real Brands will use the formulas in its CBD Pharmacy brand. The company will use the new logo with a Chinese Symbol of healing.

CBD Pharmacy products

The initial product launch of CBD Pharmacy comprise salves, tinctures, balms, powders, and capsules developed to treat pain and promote relaxation, and boost immunity and energy.

Jerry Pearring, Chief Executive Officer of Real Brands, said medicinal herbs, CBD, and vitamins are blended using a proprietary formula to develop innovative medicine by Jonathan M. Fields, the founder of Integrative Medicine. The new products will help to keep the Real Brands in the driver’s seat to create a strong brand for CBD Pharmacy.

According to Pearring, CBD Pharmacy is expected to satisfy the growing consumer demand for hemp derived cannabidiol products. Consumers will also enjoy the benefits of eastern medical therapies.

Jonathan said the recent technological advances helped the company to develop superior medicinal products. Its features include Vegan, 100% Non-GMO, and tested in a third-party lab using cannabidiol. The company developed delivery mechanisms so that customers can get CBD and other ingredients in the right dosage to provide the desired effect for long-time.

Partners with Scot Piercy

Real Brands has partnered with Scot Piercy, a professional athlete, in April 2019. He will act as an ambassador for Real Brands Team and invested in the company last month. Pearring commenting the partnership said the company is excited to announce Scot as an ambassador. The investment shows the belief in the business model of the company and the long-term prospects. Pearring is pleased to welcome Scot on board Real Brands.

Piercy said he is proud to join the team of Real Brands. He studied about Real Brands and provides the support to grow hemp derived cannabidiol brands. Piercy further said it is looking forward to work with the company to introduce unique brands of Real Brands through e-commerce sites and retail channels.

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Hexo Corp (NYSEAMERICAN:HEXO) Acquisition Of Newstrike Brands Finalized

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Acquisition now Finalized

Hexo Corp (NYSEAMERICAN:HEXO) has announced that it has completed the acquisition of all of Newstrike Brands’ issued and outstanding securities totaling 558,971, 064 marking the finalization of the acquisition process. The company has also received regulatory approval from relevant authorities including the high court further stamping the deal.

Reportedly, Newstrike Brands’ board of directors voted enthusiastically in favor of the acquisition that saw each of Newstrike’s stock exchanged for 0.06332 of Hexo’s share. Following the completion of the acquisition process, is expected to be delisted from TSX exchange platform as it will now operate under its new owner- Hexo.

Increased Production Space and Capacity

Popular voices in the industry believe that the $263 million acquisition sets Hexo among the industry’s elite. Among the several befits Hexo stands to gain from the acquisition includes additional production space estimated at 470,000 sqft. This is a significant addition to the company’s existing 1.3 million sqft.

With additional growing space comes increased production capacity. It is estimated that Hexo’s annual production capacity will surge from the current 110,000 kilos annually to a whopping 150,000 kilos annually which obviously translates to revenue influx.

Hexo’s CEO, Sebastien St-Louis said that “The combination of these two talented teams, both pioneers in the cannabis industry, will accelerate Hexo’s vision of creating the best cannabis technology company.” He adds that the Hexo is now commencing journey on the next phase of its progress.

The acquisition enhances the company’s solid position in the Canadian cannabis space and opening it up to countless possibilities abroad. The company already announced plans to set up operation in Greece as it seeks to seize the upcoming European market. Plans are also underway to set up operations in South America, the U.S (which is expected to open up fully by 2020), and more other locations.

The company already adjusted its 2020 revenue outlook to an optimistic $400 million. This projection factors in the company’s now bigger size in terms of production capacity and market access considering Hexo now assumes Newstrike’s distribution agreements with strategic partners across 8 Canadian provinces.

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