Valens poised to expand into Toronto area

Published on February 24, 2021 by oz. staff

The Valens Company's boardroom in their Toronto Corporate Office. Photo: Valens

The Valens Company is looking to extend its footprint into the Greater Toronto Area with a beverage facility.

Valens has submitted a site evidence package to Health Canada under its existing micro-processing licence application for the Company’s third facility in Canada.

Its two current facilities are in Kelowna.

The GTA Facility is now in the final stages of construction and will provide an additional 30,000 square feet of capacity, focused on the formulation, co-packing, and manufacturing of cannabis-infused beverages and other customized 2.0 and 3.0 products using SōRSE by Valens emulsion technology.

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The custom-designed facility features a highly integrated system that can fill 100 bottles per minute with the added ability to easily increase future output to prepare for expected national demand. The GTA Facility supports production of PET bottles, canned formats, and smaller formats for a shot-type product, in addition to offering both carbonated and non-carbonated beverages.

“Thanks to our exceptional team, we are now one step closer to bringing the GTA Facility online despite initial delays caused by the pandemic,” says Valens CEO Tyler Robson

The co-founder and chairman of Valens says the company holds about 5.2% of cannabis-infused beverage market share in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario, with just one partner in this product category.

“With this additional manufacturing capacity, we look forward to expanding our beverage product offering and market share through additional mandates in this category with new and existing partners,” says Robson.

Valens’ beverage program has been designed to support custom manufacturing and white label partners and is staffed with experts in formulation and product design, leveraging the Company’s existing testing and analytics capabilities.

The GTA Facility is expected to receive its licence in the second quarter of 2021, after which Valens expects to begin manufacturing products at the facility and begin commercializing and shipping out products in the second half of fiscal 2021.