SMITHS FALLS, Ont. — Canopy Growth Corporation has received its operating and secure-storage licence from Health Canada for its 150,000-sq.-ft. beverage facility located at company headquarters in Smiths Falls, Ont.
The new facility is operational and began producing cannabis-infused beverages on November 22. The beverage facility adds to the complement of cannabis-production facilities in Smiths Falls, including a regional distribution centre with automated excise-stamp lines, an automated manufacturing facility, a state-of-the-art bean-to-bar chocolate factory and a first-of-its-kind visitors centre.
Eleven beverages — all based on the company’s Distilled-Cannabisprocess — will be produced in the Smiths Falls facility during the first wave of production, with more added throughout the year. This licence positions the company to begin shipping beverage inventory to the provinces within weeks. Timing of specific product availability will vary by province.
“This licence represents years of hard work to bring our vision to life. We’re deeply proud of the team’s hard work and dedication that has brought us from the tear-down of the original building in early 2019, through to the completion and licensing of our brand-new facility,” says Mark Zekulin, CEO of Canopy Growth. “We also appreciate the support of our partner, Constellation Brands, who lent its expertise from building and equipment design to staffing requirements for this world-class facility. Cannabis beverages have the potential to introduce an entirely different demographic to the cannabis category by presenting them with a familiar product format and an onset time akin to beverage alcohol.”
Canopy Growth’s platform across Canada now includes more than 10.5-million sq. ft. of existing, fully licensed production capacity, along with award-winning brands, a network of licenced retail stores and a proven track record as a globally leading cannabis company. With this critical operating licence, the company is fully prepared to supply the Canadian market with a variety of innovative new “Cannabis 2.0” products, including beverages, chocolates and vapes.