Zenabis Secures Ontario Supply Deal


Zenabis Global Inc. [stock_market_widget type="inline" template="generic" color="default" assets="ZENA.TO" markup="(TSX: {symbol} {currency_symbol}{price} ({change_pct}))" api="yf"] has tied up a deal to supply Ontario Cannabis Store with 21 products from its recreational cannabis portfolio.

It makes Ontario the 10th province/territory in Canada that Zenabis supplies, following deals in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and the Yukon Territory. Its products are now available to 98% of the Canadian population.

The deal will see Zenabis ship products from its Namaste and Blazery brands to Ontario. The Namaste brand is not to be confused with controversial ecommerce company Namaste Technologies Ltd.

Namaste by Zenabis is a premium recreational brand featuring dried flower and prerolls. Blazery includes a number of high THC prerolls, while the company’s medicinal cannabis is sold under the Zenabis umbrella.

“Adding Ontario to our coast-to-coast distribution network makes Zenabis one of six licensed producers that has distribution to ten or more provinces and territories across Canada,” said Zenabis chief executive Andrew Grieve.

He reiterated his ambition to turn Zenabis into one of Canada’s largest cannabis producers. It has facilities across the country, in Atholville, New Brunswick; Delta, Aldergrove, Pitt Meadows and Langley, British Columbia; and Stellarton, Nova Scotia. If each one is fully built out, they would have the capacity to yield approximately 490,800 kg of dried cannabis annually, making Zenabis one of the world’s largest cannabis producers.

Yet that sort of annual yield is a long way off. In Q2 2019, it cultivated 2,473 kg of dried cannabis flower, which exceeded its forecast by 40%. It also sources cannabis from third-party producers, but it had to reject an order for 554 kg from an unnamed company, as the quality was so poor.

That contributed to net revenue falling short of expectations. It expected net revenue on cannabis sales to hit $10 million to $12 million during the three months to June 30, 2019. However, it only managed to achieve $7.25 million.

Last month it announced $25 million in additional debt financing this week in a bid to complete the expansion of its facilities. It aims to reach production capacity of 143,200 kg on an annualized basis when current expansion plans are completed.

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Martin Green
Martin Green is an experienced journalist with a strong focus on the cannabis, alcohol, and gambling industries. He is particularly interested in the political issues affecting the global marijuana trade, and he has a keen focus on regulation changes and legal topics. He holds a BA English Literature, MA Creative Writing and a National Qualification in Journalism diploma. He has worked in journalism since 2009 and written for a broad range of newspapers, business titles and magazines, including The Sun, The Metro, The Journal, Livestrong, Drinks Retailing News, Harpers, Sportsbook Review, Vital Football, Essex Live and Surrey Live. Address: 682 Indian Road, Toronto, Ontario, M6P 2C9. Phone: 416-721-8257.
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