With the number of cannabis producers and manufacturers increasing significantly, retailers are looking for ways to track marijuana products all the way back through the production chain to ensure their quality — especially when it comes to medical cannabis.
Now, one company is using blockchain technology to increase transparency in production identification for the cannabis space.
TruTrace Technologies (CSE:TTT,OTCQB:TTTSF) and Canadian retail pharmacy chain Shoppers Drug Mart — a subsidiary of Loblaw Companies (TSX:L) — have collaborated to develop a blockchain-secured pilot program for medical cannabis.
Once complete, the program will be used on Shoppers’ recently launched medical cannabis e-commerce platform.
The plan is to use TruTrace’s StrainSecure technology as a central hub for identifying and tracking assets, along with product authentication. It will also be used as a registry for standardized testing and medical cannabis quality assurance.
The Investing News Network (INN) spoke to TruTrace CEO Robert Galarza to offer a closer look into the pilot program that’s catching the attention of the larger cannabis industry.
The goal behind mixing blockchain tech and marijuana
The program was first revealed to the public during the World Cannabis Congress in June this year, and since then it’s moved quickly towards being implemented on Shoppers’ online medical marijuana dispensary.
In order to reach mature drug status and give practitioners confidence in making prescriptions, more information is required about the cannabis pathway from seed to sale. TruTrace’s program is looking to fill that gap.
“Our initial ideation was ‘protect the strains, protect the brands, protect the cultivators that want to protect their intellectual property’ through the use of immutable ledger though blockchain,” the executive told INN.
He said it became apparent, however, that the real goal was about changing the medical industry at large, driving TruTrace to provide the sector with validity and data transparency.
Galarza said a large focus of the program comes down to the patients who use cannabis as a medical treatment, adding that right now there isn’t much information about the ways in which cannabis interacts with other drugs.
An increase in information about the genetic breakdown of the drug could mean more acceptance from the medical community.
Medical cannabis became legal in Canada in 2001 when the Canadian Medical Marijuana Access Regulations grant came into effect.
“There is a clear consensus within the cannabis industry that the source and quality of medical cannabis must be transparent and identifiable in order to meet the expectations of patients and health care practitioners,” Ken Weisbrod, Shoppers’ vice president of business development, said in a statement.
Galarza told INN that, with his company’s StrainSecure technology, Shoppers will have access to a “smart hub linkage” between labs, producers and distributors, allowing information about the products to travel through the supply chain via a secure, decentralized database.
Everything there is to know — from where the cannabis originated to its chemical and molecular makeup — will be safely stored within the program.
Cannabis players already in on the program
While the pilot program originally started with TruTrace and Shoppers, it has taken on several other companies as it’s moved through different testing phases.
An early addition to the program was A&L Canada Laboratories back in July. The Ontario-based research lab is one of the first testing facilities in the verification program and brings with it analytical experience in soil, plant tissue and water testing.
A&L was also one of the earliest testing facilities to receive licensing from Health Canada to test medical cannabis and provide services in cannabinoid profiling and genetic testing.
“Our capabilities in testing through all stages of the cannabis production cycle will fully support the quality assurance mandate of Shoppers,” said A&L President Nevin McDougall.
As a part of the program, A&L will be working with other pilot partners, including WeedMD and Zenabis Global (TSX:ZENA), to provide final test data on medical cannabis products and meet quality requirements for the pharmacy chain.
Anandia Laboratories, a subsidiary of Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB,TSX:ACB), has also jumped on as one of the testing facilities for the program. Anandia President Dr. John Coleman said in a statement that a traceability program for cannabis is important for offering peace of mind to patients.
Taking the lead on genetics testing is Segra International, which signed onto the program through a letter of intent in August, bringing the agriculture technology company into the fold as the primary genetics verification provider for TruTrace.
Segra Chief Scientific Officer Dr. John Brunstein said consistency in customer experience is essential for medical cannabis: “… Individuals often must initially determine variety and dosing to meet their needs.”
On the cannabis side of things, the pilot program features an impressive roster of names in the space.
TruTrace brought the British Columbia-based licensed producer (LP) Zenabis Global into the fold in June, when it confirmed the company would use the StrainSecure platform to register, track and publish testing data about its cannabis plants.
The firm expressed its interest in offering cannabis patients in Canada the assurance of safe, high-quality cannabis.
Dr. Lyle Oberg, chief medical and policy officer of The Flowr Corporation (TSXV:FLWR), echoed the sentiment when Flowr signed onto program. The company has an existing supply agreement with Shoppers to supply its brand of FlowrRx cannabis products.
Quickly following after Flowr was the collection of leading LPs: Aphria, WeedMD and Tilray. All these producers expressed similar excitement for the possibility this program gives.
Most recently, Valens GroWorks (TSXV:VGW,OTCQX:VGWCF) was added to the roster. The British Columbia-based extraction firm was brought on as the first third party processor to enter an agreement with Shoppers to supply cannabis oil-based products to the medical cannabis e-commerce site.
Program envisions mixing blockchain and cannabis
TruTrace said it is on track to launch the program by the end of November this year.
The company completed the first phase of the program in August, which included implementing the platform into the e-commerce system. The second phase is about leveraging the platform to ensure all participants — producers, testers and quality assurance alike — are feeding information into the program, Galarza told INN.
In addition to the cannabis players signed onto the deal, he added that the company’s relationship with Deloitte has been key in managing the communication and strategy aspects of the program.
In a press release, TruTrace noted Deloitte’s position in the cannabis space will “expedite the ability of this technology to reach key stakeholders,” giving players in the supply chain a wealth of information about the products.
While the program was launched in Canada with the Shoppers online platform, Galarza said the company is already planning on implementing its technology beyond its launch point.
“We’re already in talks, at a number of different levels, both from a recreational and medical perspective, both in Canada and the US,” he said.
He mentioned, however, that TruTrace will be focusing its efforts on the partnership it has with Shoppers before expanding the program further.
“We have been in front of some of the top medical doctors and … associations in Canada. And they’re all looking to try to change the sentiment around cannabis.”
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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario TheNewswire – April 19, 2021 Sire Bioscience Inc. (CSE:SIRE) (OTC:BLLXF) (FSE:BR1B) (CNSX:SIRE.CN) (“ SIRE ” or the “ Company ”) is pleased to announce that, in addition to Purple K, Canada’s top selling creatine pills, the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Fusion Nutrition Inc. (“ Fusion ”) in the coming 12 weeks will be launching 3 new creatine products:
– Purple K powder
– Purple K PURE capsule
– Purple K PURE powder
Brian Polla, CEO, COO and a director of the Company commented: “ For the first time under new management Fusion is shipping and selling products directly from the United States. This presents us with a significant potential new client base. This is the first country that we have opened, outside of Canada. Based on the market research we have conducted; we expect strong success with the launch of these new products”.
The Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”) has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this news release. Neither the CSE nor its Market Regulator (as that term is defined in the policies of the CSE) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
About Sire Bioscience
SIRE is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, and is managed by a group of successful entrepreneurs who have extensive experience in the areas of consumer-packaged goods, manufacturing, logistics, and distribution. SIRE is a CPG life science company focused on the plant-based foods and supplements industry.
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BevCanna’s Naturo Group Signs Exclusive Distribution Agreement for TRACE in Japan and the Philippines
Market entry will address pent-up demand in the Japanese & Philippine markets for TRACE proprietary plant-based mineral formulation and wellness-focused products
Emerging leader in innovative health and wellness beverages and natural products, BevCanna Enterprises Inc. ( CSE:BEV , Q:BVNNF , FSE:7BC ) (“ BevCanna ” or the “ Company ”) announces today that has entered into an exclusive sales agency distribution agreement with Yokohama-based Mirai Marketing Inc. (“Mirai”) to bring Naturo Group’s TRACE proprietary plant-based mineral consumer products to Mirai’s extensive Japanese and Philippine sales and distribution networks.
Mirai will assist BevCanna with their entry into the new markets, providing connections to established companies with robust distribution networks. Mirai has significant knowledge and relationships in the wellness products market and has facilitated over $100M in transactions with some of Asia’s largest trading companies and retail chains. The well-known distributor will leverage this extensive experience to rapidly scale the TRACE brand throughout the territories. The initial term of the agreement will be two years, with exclusivity subject to a minimum net revenue of C$1.0M over the course of the term and incentives to reach over C$5.0M during the term.
“We’re in active discussions with a number of distributors, wholesalers, trading companies and retailers to determine the best fit for the TRACE brand in the Japanese and Philippine markets,” said Melise Panetta, President of BevCanna. “Japanese consumers in particular are very health-conscious, and prospective partners have confirmed that the wellness benefits of our TRACE portfolio will be very appealing to this demographic.”
With over 40 years of experience working with some of Asia’s largest corporations, Mirai Marketing was founded by a team of Canadian and Japanese principals who have extensive experience in international sales, management and project development in a range of industries. Mirai is actively focusing on expanding sales of Naturo Group’s beverage and natural wellness products throughout Asia.
“We’re very excited to represent the TRACE products in the Japanese and Philippine marketplaces,” said Hideaki Sakuma, COO of Mirai. “We’ve seen an incredible growth in the demand for wellness-focused products by Asian consumers in recent years and an eagerness to participate in the evolution of health products. The TRACE line is certain to be a strong performer in this emerging market.”
About BevCanna Enterprises Inc.
BevCanna Enterprises Inc. ( CSE:BEV , Q:BVNNF , FSE:7BC ) is a diversified health & wellness, beverage and natural products company. BevCanna develops and manufactures a range of plant-based and cannabinoid beverages and supplements for both in-house brands and white-label clients.
With decades of experience creating, manufacturing and distributing iconic brands that resonate with consumers on a global scale, the team demonstrates an expertise unmatched in the nutraceutical and cannabis-infused beverage categories. Based in British Columbia, Canada, BevCanna owns a pristine alkaline spring water aquifer and a world–class 40,000–square–foot, HACCP certified manufacturing facility, with a bottling capacity of up to 210M bottles annually. BevCanna’s extensive distribution network includes more than 3,000 points of retail distribution through its market-leading TRACE brand, its Pure Therapy natural health and wellness e-commerce platform, its fully licensed Canadian cannabis manufacturing and distribution network, and a partnership with #1 U.S. cannabis beverage company Keef Brands .
On behalf of the Board of Directors:
John Campbell, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer
Director, BevCanna Enterprises Inc.
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In connection with the sales agency distribution agreement with Mirai, the Company has granted (the “Grant”) an aggregate of 1,000,000 stock options (each, an “Option”) to purchase up to 1,000,000 common shares of the Company to Mirai. The Options granted vest upon the achievement of certain sales performance milestones and are exercisable for a period of 25 months from the date of Grant at a price of $1.50 per common share.
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Further to its press release dated April 12, 2021, Ayurcann Holdings Corp. ( CSE: AYUR ) (the “ Company ” or “ Ayurcann ”), is pleased to announce that it has oversubscribed and upsized its non-brokered private placement (the “Offering”) due to strong investor demand. The Company now anticipates that the Offering will be completed for gross proceeds of not less than $550,000.00, consisting of not less than 2,910,053 units (“Units”) at a price of $0.189 per Unit. Each Unit is comprised of one common share of the Company (a “Common Share”) and one half of one Common Share purchase warrant (a “Warrant”). Each Warrant is exercisable to acquire one Common Share at an exercise price of C$0.38 per Common Share for a period of 36 months from the date of closing of the Offering (the “Closing Date”), scheduled for April 22, 2021. The Units will have a hold period of four months and one day from the date of issuance.
Ayurcann CEO Igal Sudman commented: “We are very pleased with the demand we are seeing for the Offering. The feedback we have received to date is showing that our business is resonating with investors. We’re looking forward to closing the offering and proceeding with the planned Phase 2 build out, which will help greatly increase our facility’s capacity.”
As previously stated, certain insiders of the Company may participate in the Offering. The Company may pay a commission in cash equal to 6% of the value of select proceeds raised under the Financing, specifically excluding any funds raised from insiders.
The Company will use the gross proceeds of the Offering for their Pickering facility Phase 2 expansion, which, when such expansion is complete, is estimated to increase the Company’s annual extraction capacity from 200,000 kgs to 300,000 kgs, and increase the fulfillment capabilities of cannabis 2.0 and 3.0 products from approximately 1 million units annually to approximately 2.5 million units annually.
For further information, please contact:
Igal Sudman, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Secretary
Ayurcann Holdings Corp.
About Ayurcann Holdings Corp.:
Ayurcann is a leading post-harvest solution provider with a focus on providing and creating custom processes and pharma grade products for the adult use and medical cannabis industry in Canada. Ayurcann is focused on becoming the partner of choice for leading Canadian cannabis brands by providing best-in-class, proprietary services including ethanol extraction, formulation, product development and custom manufacturing.
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Codebase Investee, Instacoin NFT App Completes Worldwide Testing Phase and Submission to Apple Store Platforms
UK InstaCoin APP Promises to Open NFTs up to the Masses through Social Media
Following an extensive testing period, new NFT APP InstaCoin has announced a global submission to the Apple store platforms with imminent release. The APP which promises to simplify the creation of NFT assets from a user’s social media has gone through extensive scale and blockchain testing as well as creating full language compatibility with the Chinese markets and European block.
NFTs are the new and most popular way to sell digital content across the world. Up until now the focus has been on large value sales, InstaCoin APP promises to bring the creation and auction element to the everyday person.
Code has a strong track record with the founders of InstaCoin through the Company’s existing TRAD3R investment. Code is excited to expand their involvement with TRAD3R and InstaCoin, as both entities are taking an innovative approach within the blockchain ecosystem. Code has taken an early 50% equity position of InstaCoin who aims to democratize NFT’s rather than focus primarily on multi-million dollar individual components.
The InstaCoin APP is positioned as the world’s first self-serve social NFT platform. InstaCoin will allow users to connect their social profiles to the blockchain and create instant NFT tokens from their own content. Followers and fans connect in the open market for immediate sales.
InstaCoin Technologies Ltd., a newly formed UK entity, has no relationship with any other company or crypto exchange with similar names, including Instacoin Capital Inc.
About Codebase Ventures Inc.
Codebase Ventures Inc. seeks early-stage investments in emerging technology sectors, including the blockchain ecosystem and fintech. The Company identifies such opportunities and applies its relationships and capital to advance its interests.
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