Sproutly Announces Expansion With New Manufacturing Facility In Ontario

CANADA:  Sproutly Canada, announced an expansion of its operations with a new manufacturing facility in close proximity to the Toronto Herbal Remedies Inc production facility in Scarborough, Ontario. The additional property allows the Company to continue to centralize operations in the Greater Toronto Area, as well as providing manufacturing capabilities for it’s proprietary reagents, a key input for the APP Technology cannabinoid recovery process.

The benefit of water-soluble cannabinoids is the quickened onset and offset times of cannabinoid ingestion while providing a higher level of control pertaining to dosage and duration.

As Sproutly continues to explore other global markets for expansion, the need to produce its proprietary reagents at one central location and under EU GMP guidelines will be critical to ensuring consistency and quality, while at the same time reducing manufacturing costs. The new facility will also ensure that all space at THR is allocated to cannabis production and finished goods manufacturing.

The additional facility will not need to be licensed by Health Canada as no cannabis, or cannabis products, will be present on site.

Keith Dolo, Chief Executive Officer, Sproutly Canada commented, “This expansion, is being designed and constructed to be compliant with European Union GMP specifications, which will enable Sproutly to manufacture proprietary reagents for use not only in Canada, but also for distribution into other global markets.”

Infusion Biosciences Develops Breakthrough Testing Methods to Detect Cannabinoids in Water Solutions to Meet Food and Safety Standards

CANADA: Sproutly Canada has announced today that Infusion Biosciences have developed and verified analytical methods that detect, identify, and measure cannabinoid molecules in water-soluble (“Infuz2O”) and oil preparations (“Bio-Natural Oil”) derived from cannabis and hemp using APP Technology (collectively, the “Developed Analytics”). APP Technology is a patent pending process that uses proprietary reagents to recover naturally occurring water-soluble cannabinoids as well as the cannabis oils.

The proprietary methods for the Developed Analytics were created and refined during the past year through the work of Sproutly’s Chief Science Officer and Director Dr. Arup Sen in collaboration with state certified US testing laboratories. The delivery of the Developed Analytics satisfies Sproutly’s Earn Out Milestones (defined below) in the Acquisition Agreements (defined below) dated August 1, 2018 for the purchase of Infusion Biosciences Canada Inc. and SSM Partners Inc.

The cannabis industry has faced challenges in testing and measuring cannabinoid content in water formulations fortified with marijuana ingredients. Standard analytical methods used today for the detection and quantitation of cannabinoids had been designed for isolated oils and lack the ability to reliably measure cannabinoid contents in finished edible and beverage products. Correctly and reproducibly measuring the potency of bioactive cannabinoids in recreational, health and wellness, and medicinal beverage products is critical for successful marketing of these products in compliance with applicable food safety standards.

Dr. Arup Sen and Infusion have been successful in developing a proprietary method for processing Infuz2O preparations in order to detect tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”), cannabidiol (“CBD”) and several other cannabinoids. The proprietary process allows for independent third-party testing laboratories to prepare the cannabis and hemp samples of Infuz2O so that analytical methods used by these laboratories can then detect and measure the natural water-soluble cannabinoids. The results obtained in collaboration with third-party laboratories utilized for this research verify the predicted levels of cannabinoids recovered by APP Technology in Infuz2O.

Furthermore, lab result comparisons of cannabinoid profiles of the cannabis biomass before and after each step of APP Technology have revealed no detectable change in composition of the major cannabinoids and no indication of selective separation of cannabinoids from biomass in either Infuz2O or Bio-Natural Oil. Additional chemical tests carried out during this research further confirmed the molecular identity of cannabinoids in Infuz2O and Bio-Natural Oils to be the same as standard cannabinoid molecules.

Sproutly intends to provide technical guidance to qualified third-party testing laboratories in order to enable them to analyze Infuz2O products to meet applicable regulatory authority requirements for commercial sale of Sproutly’s products.

“The ability to test for cannabinoids in water formulations has been unreliable for cannabis beverages globally due to the existing testing standards and practices,” said Dr. Arup Sen, Chief Science Officer and Director of Sproutly. “With ever increasing food-safety standards that need to be met for cannabis beverage and edible products, the completion of our research and the Developed Analytics are significant milestones in the commercialization of APP Technology; this is another step forward towards reliable and accurate testing for ingestible cannabis products.”

Sproutly Announces Joint Venture With Moosehead Breweries to Launch Cannabis-Infused Beverages in Canada

CANADA: Sproutly Canada, an affiliate of Moosehead Breweries Limited, are pleased to announce that they have entered into a definitive agreement to form an exclusive joint venture to develop, produce, and market non‐alcoholic cannabis-infused beverages in Canada using Sproutly’s proprietary, naturally produced water soluble cannabinoids known as ‘Infuz2O’. Both companies will bring their respective strengths to the joint venture to develop a line of great tasting cannabis beverages featuring a rapid onset and offset effect unique to the category. Sproutly will host a conference call with Keith Dolo, CEO, Sproutly Canada and Matthew Oland, Moosehead executive and incoming CEO of the JV, at 9:30am Eastern Time on May 1, 2019.

Joint Venture Highlights:

  • Partnership with the Oldest and Largest Independent Brewery in Canada
    • Over 152 years of brewing experience through six generations of family ownership
    • More than 140 million cans/bottles of beer sold annually throughout Canada, the United States and in 15 other countries around the world
    • Oland family’s proven ability in building, marketing and selling industry leading beers such as Moosehead Lager, Moosehead Radler, Alpine, and Hop City Barking Squirrel
  • Competitive Advantage Driven by Infuz2O
    • The JV beverages can deliver the cannabis effect as early as 5 minutes and last up to 90 minutes, providing an edible cannabis experience similar to traditional flower cannabis without the need to inhale smoke
    • Ability to address the industry challenges of overconsumption of oil-based edibles and beverages
    • Capability to produce a clear cannabis beverage that is much easier and faster to formulate than its competitors who will be using emulsifiers, encapsulation or chemical modification techniques
    • Ability to deliver functional beverages that address a “need state” by producing cannabis strain specific experiences
    • Natural Infuz2O process allows for a premium consumption experience and taste profile
  • JV Well Positioned to Enter Cannabis Beverages Upon Legalization
    • Moosehead’s beverage experience and R&D formulation capabilities will ensure that the cannabis beverages produced will be premium in quality and have a great taste profile
    • Moosehead’s established operational infrastructure will allow the Joint Venture to fast track its go-to-market strategy
    • Sproutly’s cultivation facility and processing license will advance the formulation work that has been completed to date as well as production scale up
  • Alignment of Interests
    • The Joint Venture is structured as a 50/50 equity ownership
    • Matthew Oland, one of Moosehead’s senior executives and Oland Family member, to lead the Joint Venture as Chief Executive Officer
    • Moosehead to provide infrastructure support such as R&D, operations, procurement, finance, and distribution
    • Sproutly to provide proprietary custom compositions using Infuz2O for cannabis beverages in Canada
    • JV will have exclusive rights to utilize Infuz2O for cannabis beverages for a period of 5 years with a possible 2-year extension
    • Ability for the JV to enter the European market once recreational cannabis use is legalized

“With the anticipated legalization of edibles in Canada later this year, Moosehead has made the strategic decision to enter the cannabis beverage market. As one of the oldest brands in Canada and a leader in the beer category, we believe we are uniquely positioned to be a leader in the cannabis beverage category.” said Andrew Oland, Chief Executive Officer of Moosehead. “As a 152 year old company spanning six generations, we are very selective about new business opportunities. After a significant amount of due diligence on Sproutly’s APP technology and Infuz2O water soluble cannabinoids vs other competitive technologies, we are excited to announce this joint venture. With their advanced technology and our long-standing product development experience, we expect to bring to Canadian consumers cannabis beverages that address the major issues currently limiting appeal of this category in other markets; a beverage that: 1) actually tastes good; and 2) provides an immediate and controllable cannabis experience lasting up to 90 minutes.”

“Moosehead is a truly iconic brand and we are very excited to partner with a company that possesses such deep-rooted Canadian heritage and over 152 years of history in the beer industry. Partnering with a company of this caliber is a strong validation of APP Technology and Infuz20.” commented Keith Dolo, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Sproutly. “This partnership with Moosehead marks an important milestone in Sproutly’s mission of delivering a safe and consistent whole plant experience from cannabis, with a lead position in the beverage market. We have developed a relationship with Moosehead built on trust and our shared vision of creating safe, responsible and high-quality cannabis beverages and we look forward to making this a reality for Canadian consumers”, added Dolo.

“After careful analysis of the cannabis industry and the cannabis beverage opportunity in Canada, we believe that Moosehead and Sproutly together are well positioned to become a significant player in the category.” said Matthew Oland, incoming Chief Executive Officer of the Joint Venture. “The JV’s ability to leverage Moosehead’s rich history of building adult-beverage brands, and its established R&D and operational infrastructure, will enable the JV to bring great tasting cannabis beverages to Canadian consumers. The Infuz20 technology delivers a natural cannabis beverage experience, with an onset and offset time similar to traditional flower cannabis, without the need for chemical modification. We believe this will be a game changer for the sector.”

Sproutly Taps New President From Anheuser-Busch InBev And Kimberley-Clark

CANADA: Sproutly Canada has tapped senior marketer Bryan Semkuley as President of Sproutly to accelerate the Company’s strategic objectives of becoming a leading cannabis formulations company focused on beverages.

“We are pleased that Mr. Semkuley has chosen to join the leadership team of Sproutly as President,” said Keith Dolo, CEO and Chairman of Sproutly.  “Bryan brings significant experience in branding, marketing, sales, and most importantly global product innovation and expertise from recognized multinational consumer packaged goods and beverage companies.  Our ability to continue executing on our business objectives, defining our competitive advantages, and attracting top talent to our management team and board of directors further validates our commitment to becoming a leading cannabis company with a clear focus on the beverage category,” he concluded.

Sproutly CanadaBryan Semkuley is a seasoned executive with over 30+ years leading global innovation and marketing teams for Fortune 200 companies including Kimberly-Clark, Anheuser-Busch InBev, and Labatt. Mr. Semkuley will focus on the execution of the Company’s strategic objectives, development of its operational plan, and will work diligently to tie in the different vertical divisions of sales, marketing, product innovation, operations, and branding to deliver top-line growth.

Mr. Semkuley has extensive experience and a proven established track record of building new and existing brands and businesses through new product development, channel relationships and commercial innovation.  Prior to joining Sproutly, Mr. Semkuley was Vice President, Global Innovation/Industrial Sector at Kimberly-Clark, a US$19B NYSE-listed American multinational consumer packaged goods company focused on personal care products.  Before joining Kimberly-Clark, Mr. Semkuley spent over 25 years at Anheuser-Busch InBev, a US$130B NYSE-listed beverage company, and Labatt as Vice President Global Innovation, Vice President Global Brand Marketing, and Vice President Marketing, amongst other roles.

“Bryan’s experience leading R&D, marketing and product innovation teams of more than 70 plus key staff, specifically focused on new product development, new global revenue streams, and creating brands that win, will provide value through Sproutly’s continual advancement to become a leader in cannabis beverages and formulations,” said Keith Dolo.

Mr. Semkuley commented, “I look forward to joining the Sproutly team and building the business during a very exciting time for the industry. Building new brands and businesses has been a passion of mine. I look forward to future success of Sproutly, especially with our exciting technologies.”

The appointment is subject to customary approvals of the Canadian Securities Exchange.

Sproutly Develops Cannabis And Hemp Infused Functional Beverage Portfolio

CANADA: Sproutly Canada  has completed the development and formulation of an initial portfolio of functional beverages with its proprietary naturally water soluble cannabinoids (“Infuz2O”).

The beverages combine recently licensed rights for the proprietary water soluble mineral platform (“MiST Platform”) with Infuz20. The initial portfolio consists of three separate cannabis / hemp infused beverages that provide the following functions: a) Focused Energy; b) Stress relief and Relaxation; and, c) Restful sleep support.

Sproutly CanadaThe Company is currently in the midst of medicinal and adult-use brand development, including its functional beverage line. The initial beverages are anticipated to be ready for consumers if and when Health Canada allows consumer beverage products to be legal for sale.

“The focus of the Company has been to develop products that will distinguish our functional beverages from cannabis/ hemp beverages developed by our competitors. Our competitive advantage is to leverage the suite of proprietary water soluble technologies we have acquired, and create a line of consumer products that taste great and have a functional purpose,” said Keith Dolo, Chief Executive Officer. “Our beverages not only cater to the emerging cannabis market, but also to the large, functional beverage market that exists today”, he added.

The functional beverage category is increasingly becoming the popular choice among consumers who are seeking low-calorie, nutrient-dense options as a healthy alternative to traditional beverages. The global functional beverage market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.1% to US$93.68 billion by 2019, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Cannabis in its own right has a long history of being used as a way for users to address wellness and lifestyle needs. Sproutly’s functional beverage formulations address major and growing consumer health and wellness needs for the modern lifestyle.

420MEDIA Trailblazers In Cannabis: Sproutly Canada CEO Keith Dolo

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Digital marketing agency 420MEDIA and the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) have joined forces to create a series highlighting entrepreneurs trailblazing the cannabis scene. Each week, we’ll profile a noteworthy business pioneer, and ask each 5 questions. This week’s featured trailblazer is Keith Dolo, President and CEO of Sproutly Canada.

1. Tell us about your Company

Sproutly is a licensed producer of Cannabis in Canada and is positioning itself to develop and bring to market unique consumer products with a focus initially on beverages. We have a purpose-built facility for the production of high grade cannabis based in Ontario as well as a ground-breaking technology that will revolutionize how cannabis is formulated into a wide range of products such as alcohol replacements, functional beverages, consumables, topicals and variety of other products. Sproutly recently acquired, in a transformation acquisition, Infusion Biosciences Canada, the first company to produce a truly water-soluble natural cannabis solution. It’s revolutionary to the entire cannabis industry so we are extremely excited to bring it to market.

 

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2.  Why did you choose the cannabis/hemp business?

For me personally, the development and growth expected within the cannabis industry represented an opportunity to be part of a growth initiative that is poised to have an incredibly drastic impact on the global market. It is a rare occasion when the legalization, decriminalization, or mainstream adoption of a product such as cannabis, can have such an impact on so many different facets of life around the world. Most people only consider cannabis as something you smoke and view this a short-term play to allow people the ability legally smoke or consume cannabis recreationally, this is so much greater than that. Cannabis will be broad reaching, have massive implications and impacts on the pharmaceutical industry, the beverage industry, the pet food industry, nutritional food product markets, and beauty products amongst many others. Being part of something this exciting, not only in Canada but globally was the key driver in getting me involved.

With all the large beverage companies looking at or investing into the sector, it provides validity to what we are working on here at Sproutly. The recent announcement of Molson entering the Canadian cannabis scene, or the rumors of Coca-Cola in discussions to enter the industry, allows investors and consumers to start recognizing that Cannabis will have a large impact on existing products from alcohol to tobacco companies. The majors are looking at how to position and hedge themselves moving forward, it’s exciting.

3. What change will your firm address in the industry? Does it address an unmet need?

For Sproutly, we have positioned ourselves to stand out and provide access to what some are calling Cannabis 2.0 the ability to be produce products that bring additional consumers into the cannabis industry that have previously sat on the sidelines. Our cannabis products will be seen in everything from edibles, to beverages, to topicals, to health and wellness products both recreationally and medically. We have the ability to produce two unique products that once launched in the market will stand apart from their competitors, our Bio-Natural Oils and our Infus2O product.

The INFUS2O product is the first truly water-soluble cannabis solution that does not need massive amounts of sugar or chemicals to mask the bad tasting flavor of a chemicals currently used in cannabis beverages and the solubility of INFUS2O has also solved the rapid onset and off-set problems that currently plague cannabis consumables. People will be able to consume our liquid cannabis in any drink, that’ the idea here.  Like alcohol that is processed by the body through the blood stream, the effects of our product will be felt in 5 minutes and will last as long as 45-90 minutes, like having an alcoholic beverage.  The big advantage over existing oil products in edibles and beverages will be the ability to know the timeframe of the effect, as opposed to eating a product, where the person does not know when they will feel the effect or when it will wear off, it’s the answer people are searching for.

4. What has been the reaction to your product/service/technology?

At this point, it’s been extremely positive. Obviously, with any new disruptive technology, there exists a necessity to prove it out from a scientific standpoint as well as consumer response perspective…we are working hard on both fronts. With now over 200+ consumer tests completed, the response has been consistent, and the feedback of the fast onset / fast offset has been verified. For validating the products within a lab testing environment, we are currently partnering with an analytics laboratory in Washington state and a soon to be announced Canadian partnership in order to finalize the analytical testing methods on our products as well as other cannabis oils that have been diluted into beverage products. More to come on that in the next few months…

5. Are there any upcoming milestones for your company?

We are working extremely hard on a number of projects and milestones that will move the company forward on many fronts. One vertical, in our strategy, is to solidify business joint ventures with existing CPG/beverage companies that have recognized brands. We are working on selecting the right partnerships with companies that are as forward thinking as we are and can move quickly and nimbly to complete formulations and have products ready for launch when the legalization of these products commences in 2019. We feel we will advance the Sproutly brand much quicker with multiple companies than finalizing a relationship with one company. We are also in the process of determining our international expansion plans, specially the European Union and the countries that support legal cannabis within their regulatory framework. The company is very new, receiving it’s licence to cultivate Cannabis from Health Canada in June, going public in July, closing the acquisition of Infusion BioSciences Canada in August, now executing on it’s business plan through the fall months leading up to legalization in Canada. We are excited for what is to come and what we can share with our shareholders and future users of the Sproutly products in development.

 Where can readers learn more?

We are working on our US OTCQB listing requirements currently which will drive more marketing activity and traction in the US over the coming months. Readers can always sign up on our website for up to date information at www.Sproutly.ca or simply stay tuned to the cannabis content platforms such as 420MEDIA for more to come.

Social media: https://twitter.com/SproutlyCanada

Sproutly Closes Acquisition of Infusion Biosciences Canada And SSM

CANADA: Sproutly Canada has completed the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Infusion Biosciences Canada, according to a company press release.

“We are extremely excited to finalize this Acquisition, enabling Sproutly to commercialize the APP Technology in major regulated markets around the world with innovative cannabis products that target the $50+ billion bottled water and functional beverage market with naturally water-soluble molecules from cannabis and hemp”, commented Keith Dolo, Chief Executive Officer of Sproutly. Mr. Dolo added, “APP Technology is a low-cost, gentle method to produce Infuz20, a ground-breaking discovery that delivers the total effects of the strain of cannabis from which it is made; on-set effects start within approximately 5 minutes and dissipate within approximately 90 minutes.”

Infusion Biosciences has discovered water soluble forms of cannabinoids and terpenes, that naturally exist in cannabis and hemp plants.

Infusion Biosciences has discovered water soluble forms of cannabinoids and terpenes, that naturally exist in cannabis and hemp plants.

“Combining with Sproutly allows Infusion Biosciences to produce and sell innovative consumer products in several countries where cannabis use is legal. Together, we are positioned to leverage our APP Technology to become a leader in the beverage industry and broaden the consumer base with products that will deliver controlled doses that meet expectations for cannabis experiences”, said Dr. Arup Sen, Chief Executive Officer of Infusion Biosciences Inc. (“Infusion Biosciences”). “As a natural water solution, Infuz2O is the best means to deliver the medicinal benefits of cannabis to patients suffering from symptoms associated with major chronic diseases like cancer and pain”, added Dr. Sen.

Acquisition Highlights

The Acquisition brings together a strategically located premium cultivation facility and a key technologic innovation in the cannabis industry. Some key Acquisition highlights are:

  • Significant Discovery and Recovery of Naturally Water-Soluble Cannabinoids – Infusion Biosciences has discovered and produced naturally water soluble bioactive molecules that deliver the full experience of cannabis paralleling the onset and offset profiles of smoking but, avoids the undesirable features that have kept a vast majority of consumers away.
  • Broadens Sproutly’s Management Team – The addition of Dr. Sen and Mr. Marcellino to Sproutly’s executive management team provides decades of experience in biopharmaceutical research, development, and technology commercialization. Dr. Arup Sen will also be joining the Board of Directors.
  • Positions Sproutly to Become a Leader in Beverages, Edibles and Tinctures –Sproutly is now positioned to fulfill its mission as a vertically integrated cannabis consumer products company focused on redefining the cannabis industry with a clear focus on beverage and additional consumer products by solving the technologic limitations associated with blending oils extracted by traditional means into water.
  • Exclusive License for Key Regulated Recreational and Medicinal Jurisdictions –Sproutly gains the exclusive rights for APP Technology in Canada, the European Union, Australia, Israel, and Jamaica.
  • Low Cost, Scalable, Gentle Process to Produce Bioactive Molecules as an Alternative to Current Oil Extraction Methods – APP Technology is a patent-pending process that uses proprietary combinations of common dietary ingredients to gently recover naturally water-soluble cannabinoids and also the free cannabis oils in natural oils. APP Technology recovers between 85% – 90% of the total bioactive cannabinoids in the plant, distributed between Infuz20 and Bio-Natural Oil.

Sproutly Canada CEO Keith Dolo On Water-based Cannabinoid Technologies

CANADA:   Sproutly Canada Inc (CNSX:SPR) CEO Keith Dolo outlines how Sproutly’s development of water-based cannabinoid technologies, allowing the body to absorb THC and CBD compounds through water-solubility, rather than traditional oil based absorption.

The benefit of water-soluble cannabinoids is the quickened onset and offset times of cannabinoid ingestion while providing a higher level of control pertaining to dosage and duration. Sproutly looks forward to marketing their edible and beverage products to the public in Canada next year as consumables become legal in Canada.

For more information, log on to www.sproutly.ca.
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