- Deal cements TGOD’s leadership position in organic consumer wellness products
- Largest deal for a processor in the industry to date
- Significant investment in high value manufacturing and supply chain jobs in Quebec
TORONTO, June 12, 2019 – The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (the “Company” or “TGOD”) (TSX:TGOD) (US:TGODF) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. (“Neptune”) (NASDAQ: NEPT) (TSX: NEPT) for extraction, formulation and packaging services. As part of the agreement, TGOD will have exclusivity on extraction, formulation and packaging of certified organic products within and for the Canadian market. Neptune’s expertise will enable TGOD to quickly scale up production of a wide range of consumer wellness products.
Under the terms of the agreement, TGOD will allocate more than 230,000 kilograms of cannabis and hemp biomass for Neptune to process and transform into premium certified organic consumer wellness products, making this the largest deal for a processor in the industry to date.
The contract between TGOD and Neptune covers a period of three years and is expected to be back-end loaded with the first year accounting for approximately 20% of the total value. It also marks a significant milestone for cannabis manufacturing in Quebec, creating high value jobs, complementing TGOD’s large investment in Valleyfield where the Company is nearing the completion of the first phase of what will become the world’s largest organic cannabis growing facility at over 1.3 million square feet.
“With this agreement, Neptune becomes a key partner for TGOD; we have been impressed with their commitment to innovation and excellence in every aspect of their business. Their unique capabilities in terms of extraction, formulation and packaging were decisive factors in our selection process,” commented Brian Athaide, CEO of TGOD. “Today’s announcement is significant not only because it enables us to start manufacturing certified organic consumer wellness products at scale, but also because of the large and sustained economic impact it will have in Quebec where TGOD is building the world’s largest organic cannabis production facility.”
TGOD will work closely with Neptune’s team to assist them in obtaining their organic certification. To facilitate the certification process, Neptune will allocate a dedicated space to house and operate TGOD’s proprietary and/or licenced technologies. In addition, Neptune is in the process of achieving the EU-GMP certification, allowing TGOD to export products to other jurisdictions as laws and regulations permit.
“We are excited to work with TGOD, an innovation driven company focused on value added and differentiated products,” said Jim Hamilton, CEO of Neptune. “The ambitions of each company
are well aligned and we look forward to collaborating with TGOD, supporting their growth with new product forms.”
“TGOD’s commitment to organic and sustainability is inspiring; Neptune is proud to become a part of their success story. We are delighted that TGOD has placed its trust in our people and our technology with the largest deal in the industry to date,” commented Michel Timperio, President of Neptune’s Cannabis division.
ABOUT THE GREEN ORGANIC DUTCHMAN HOLDINGS LTD.
The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (US: TGODF) is a publicly traded, premium global organic cannabis company, with operations focused on medical cannabis markets in Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as the Canadian adult-use market. TGOD also has organic hemp CBD oil operations in Canada, and through its wholly owned subsidiary HemPoland distributes premium hemp CBD oil in the EU. The Company grows high quality, certified organic cannabis with sustainable, all-natural principles. TGOD's products are laboratory tested to ensure patients have access to a standardized, safe and consistent product. TGOD has a planned capacity of 219,000 kgs and is building 1,643,600 sq. ft. of cultivation and processing facilities across Ontario, Quebec, Jamaica and Denmark.
TGOD's Common Shares and warrants issued under the indenture dated November 1, 2017 trade on the TSX under the symbol "TGOD" and "TGOD.WT", respectively.
For more information on The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd., please visit www.tgod.ca.
ABOUT NEPTUNE WELLNESS SOLUTIONS INC.
Neptune Wellness Solutions specializes in the extraction, purification and formulation of health and wellness products. Neptune’s wholly owned subsidiary, 9354-7537 Québec Inc., is licensed by Health Canada to process cannabis at its 50,000-square-foot facility located in Sherbooke, Quebec. Neptune brings decades of experience in the natural products sector to the legal cannabis industry. Leveraging its scientific and technological expertise, Neptune focuses on the development of value-added and differentiated products for the Canadian and global cannabis markets. Neptune’s activities also include the development and commercialization of turnkey nutrition solutions and patented ingredients such as MaxSimil®, and of a variety of marine and seed oils. Its head office is located in Laval, Quebec.
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