The Valens Company Enters Agreement with Cannabis-Focused CPG Company High12 Brands to Launch Premium Line of Vape Products Under DAIZE Brand
Kelowna, B.C., June 15, 2020 – Valens GroWorks Corp. (TSX: VLNS) (OTCQX: VLNCF) (the “Company” or “The Valens Company”), a global leader in the end-to-end development and manufacturing of innovative, cannabinoid-based products, today announced a custom manufacturing agreement (the “High12 Agreement”) with High12 Brands (“High12”), a cannabis-focused consumer packaged goods company, to develop a premium line of vape products for the anticipated launch of its new brand DAIZE.
Under the terms of the High12 Agreement, The Valens Company and High12 will partner for a two-year term with successive one-year renewal options. Further, the parties have collaborated to develop a customized collection of products in partnership with vape solutions provider The Blinc Group to align with the DAIZE brand identity, which strives to target unmet consumer demand in the Canadian cannabis market. The procurement of customized hardware, and the development and manufacturing of the DAIZE brand portfolio of premium devices and 510 thread cartridges is expected to begin immediately. The Valens Company will leverage its strong relationships with premium suppliers, in addition to its in-house customized extraction and diverse terpene database, to bring to life the line of differentiated products. Using its strategic and industry recognized CPG team, High12 will focus on partnerships, sales and data-driven marketing. The High12 Agreement will follow a royalty payment structure based on a set of outlined quarterly targets.
The DAIZE brand line of vape products will offer experienced consumers unique and potent formulations with premium cannabis oil made from a curated selection of sought-after cannabis strains and priced for frequent consumption. The Valens Company and High12 expect to initially launch these products in Q3 2020 in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario, with the intention to expand the offering nationally after that.
“Our agreement with High12 is an exciting and strategic opportunity for Valens to partner with a recognized cannabis brand building company with a strong CPG marketing focus,” said Tyler Robson, CEO of The Valens Company. “As we continue to diversify our product offering and expand our platform, we are further positioning our business as a one-stop-shop to industry marketing experts that launch cannabis brands which resonate with consumers on a global scale. Through continuously demonstrating our presence in the supply chain of leading CPG and cannabis companies, we expect to continue to launch premium, innovative product lines with top-tier industry players such as High12.”
CEO and Founder of High12, Michael Garbuz, said, “We look forward to developing the DAIZE vape product line in partnership with The Valens Company. As an industry-leading supply chain partner, we are confident that The Valens Company will deliver a consistently superior product which will be well-positioned for success in the Canadian market.”
About The Valens Company
The Valens Company is a global leader in the end-to-end development and manufacturing of innovative, cannabinoid-based products. The Company is focused on being the partner of choice for leading Canadian and international cannabis brands by providing best-in-class, proprietary services including CO2, ethanol, hydrocarbon, solvent-less and terpene extraction, analytical testing, formulation and white-label product development and manufacturing. Valens is the largest third-party extraction Company in Canada with an annual capacity of 425,000 kg of dried cannabis and hemp biomass at our purpose-built facility in Kelowna, British Columbia which is in the process of becoming European Union (EU) Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliant. The Valens Company currently offers a wide range of product formats, including tinctures, two-piece caps, soft gels, oral sprays and vape pens as well as beverages, concentrates, topicals, edibles, injectables, natural health products and has a strong pipeline of next-generation products in development for future release. Finally, the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Valens Labs is a Health Canada licensed ISO 17025 accredited cannabis testing lab providing sector-leading analytical services and has partnered with Thermo Fisher Scientific to develop a Centre of Excellence in Plant-Based Science. For more information, please visit http://thevalenscompany.com. The Company’s investor deck can be found specifically at http://thevalenscompany.com/investors/
About High12 Brands
High12 is a global cannabis consumer packaged goods company. High12 partners with best-in-class manufacturers to build and operate a portfolio of brands tailor-made for cannabis consumers. Combining a community-driven approach, data-driven marketing, and world class creative, High12’s growing portfolio of brands includes DAIZE, Symphony, alice., and Kingsway.
High12’s portfolio of brands is backed by award winning strategy and creative, targeting a diverse range of opportune market segments, from budget conscious to premium focused consumers. Employing a consumer-focused approach to product development, High12 Brands’ goal is to raise the standard of how consumers experience cannabis.
Learn more about High12 at www.high12brands.com, Kingsway at www.kingswayweed.ca and DAIZE at https://www.ourdaize.com/.
For further information, please contact:
The Valens Company
KCSA Strategic Communications
Phil Carlson / Elizabeth Barker
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KCSA Strategic Communications
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