CANADA – Canopy Growth Corporation, a leading diversified cannabis company, has begun production of cannabis-infused beverages at its beverage facility located at company headquarters in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.

The company announced that the 150,000 square-feet facility has received an operating and secure storage licence from Health Canada, which saw Canopy commence operations at the facility.

Canopy Growth plans to produce eleven beverages, all based on the company’s unique Distilled Cannabis process in the Smiths Falls facility during the first wave of production, with more added throughout the year.

With the approval, the company said it is well positioned to begin shipping beverage inventory to the provinces within weeks. However, timing of specific product availability will vary by province.

“This licence represents years of hard work to bring our vision to life,” said Mark Zekulin, chief executive officer of Canopy Growth.

“We are 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

“We also appreciate the support of our partner, Constellation Brands, who lent their 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.”

The beverage facility adds to the complement of cannabis production facilities in Smiths Falls including a regional distribution centre, an automated manufacturing facility, a state-of-the-art bean-to-bar chocolate factory, and a first-of-its-kind Visitors Centre.

Canopy Growth’s industry-leading platform across Canada now includes over 10.5 million square feet of existing, fully licensed production capacity, brands, a network of licenced retail stores, and a proven track record as a globally leading cannabis company.

With this critical operating licence, Canopy Growth said it is fully prepared to supply the Canadian market with a variety of innovative new “Cannabis 2.0” products including beverages, chocolates, and vapes.