Verdélite aims to plant entire cultivation area by year end 2019
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Emerald Health Therapeutics’ (“Emerald”)(TSXV: EMH; OTCQX: EMHTF) wholly-owned cannabis production facility, Verdélite, in St. Eustache, Quebec, has received from Health Canada a license amendment for the complete growing and processing area in its 88,000 square foot indoor facility. The additional 50,000 square feet will allow Verdélite to expand production from 4 to 21 highly-controlled-environment grow rooms and to a total of 16 processing rooms. Planting in the newly licensed area is starting immediately, with the plan focused on having the expanded facility fully planted in eight weeks.
“Verdélite is now fully built and licensed across all its growing and processing areas, and I congratulate the team for this accomplishment,” said Thierry Schmidt, President of Verdélite. “As we expand production of Emerald Health Therapeutics products sold under the Emerald sales license, this step enables us to also continue advancing our marketing strategy encompassing Verdélite brands and direct sales to provincial/territorial wholesalers and authorized Canadian private retailers.”
“This new license amendment allows Verdélite to transition into its full commercial phase and positions Verdélite as a key growth contributor to Emerald's financial results in 2020,” said Riaz Bandali, Chief Executive Officer of Emerald. “With this extended, controlled indoor growing space and Verdélite’s unique cannabis strains, we aim to bring distinct and unique consumer-driven products to the Quebec market.”
Verdélite is a vertically integrated seed-to-sale indoor operation optimized for year-round production of high-quality craft cannabis through its highly controlled environment. Its established packaging and processing line are well equipped to manage significant volume and a wide diversity of value-added products.
About Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc.
Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc. is a Canadian licensed producer of cannabis products focused on differentiated, value-added product development for medical and adult-use customers supported by novel intellectual property, large-scale cultivation, extraction, and softgel encapsulation, as well as unique marketing and distribution channels. Its 50%-owned Pure Sunfarms operation in British Columbia has reached its full run-rate annual production of approximately 75,000 kg at its first 1.1 million square foot greenhouse operation, Delta 3. Pure Sunfarm’s second 1.1 million square foot greenhouse, Delta 2, is planned to be in full production by the end of 2020. Emerald’s Verdélite subsidiary is a high-quality indoor growing and processing facility in Québec focused on premium, craft cannabis strains. Its Metro Vancouver organic greenhouse and outdoor operation is completing construction and working towards its final licensing extension. Emerald has contracted for approximately 1,000 acres of hemp annually in 2019 to 2022 with the objective of extracting low-cost CBD. The executive team is highly experienced in life sciences, product development, large-scale agri-business, and marketing.
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