Sproutly Develops Cannabis and Hemp Infused Functional Beverage Portfolio
VANCOUVER, B.C., November 8, 2018 – Sproutly Canada, Inc. (CSE: SPR) (OTCQB: SRUTF) (FRA: 38G) (“Sproutly" or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has completed the development and formulation of an initial portfolio of functional beverages with its proprietary naturally water soluble cannabinoids (“Infuz2O”).
The beverages combine recently licensed rights for the proprietary water soluble mineral platform (“MiST Platform”) with Infuz20. The initial portfolio consists of three separate cannabis / hemp infused beverages that provide the following functions: a) Focused Energy; b) Stress relief and Relaxation; and, c) Restful sleep support.
The Company is currently in the midst of medicinal and adult-use brand development, including its functional beverage line. The initial beverages are anticipated to be ready for consumers if and when Health Canada allows consumer beverage products to be legal for sale.
“The focus of the Company has been to develop products that will distinguish our functional beverages from cannabis/ hemp beverages developed by our competitors. Our competitive advantage is to leverage the suite of proprietary water-soluble technologies we have acquired, and create a line of consumer products that taste great and have a functional purpose”, said Keith Dolo, Chief Executive Officer. “Our beverages not only cater to the emerging cannabis market but also to the large, functional beverage market that exists today”, he added.
The functional beverage category is increasingly becoming the popular choice among consumers who are seeking low-calorie, nutrient-dense options as a healthy alternative to traditional beverages. The global functional beverage market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.1% to US$93.68 billion by 2019, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc.Cannabis in its own right has a long history of being used as a way for users to address wellness and lifestyle needs. Sproutly’s functional beverage formulations address major and growing consumer health and wellness needs for the modern lifestyle.
Sproutly’s strategy is founded on its proven ability to acquire proprietary technologies related to water soluble ingredients. Sproutly is among the first in Canada to address the functional beverage market with cannabis/ hemp ingredients that are recovered from the plants in their naturally water soluble form and, therefore, can be stably combined with other water soluble micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other natural plant chemicals). These beverages are fully transparent because all the selected ingredients are truly dissolved in water and, like typical consumer beverages, can be packaged in clear glass bottles and refrigerated if desired for a refreshing taste.
Beverage Formulations & Product
The functional beverage formulations have been developed using two proprietary technologies:
1. MiST (Minerals in Solution Technology)– 10+ years of research and development into the creation and formulation of water soluble minerals and phytochemicals; and,
2. Infuz20 – naturally water soluble cannabinoids with onset of less than 5 minutes and offset within 90 minutes.
Sproutly’s functional beverage formulations address a number of lifestyle verticals including: mood & energy, relaxation & sleep as well as stress relief. Its functional beverage formulations utilize MiST and Infuz20 to produce enhanced water, beverages, and nutritional micronutrient supplements that include cannabis or hemp strains strategically selected to provide a synergistic experience for the recreational and medicinal markets.
The Company’s functional beverage products are expected to be its first line of cannabis/ hemp beverage as these have been taken through initial evaluations as consumer beverages by scientists from Infusion Biosciences Inc. and Micronutrient Technologies Inc. These completed evaluations include:
- blending and ratio proportions of ingredients selected based on independent scientific reports on their benefits;
- stability testing at room temperature and in refrigerator;
- formulation with natural flavors; and,
- process development for large scale manufacturing.
The current functional beverage product portfolio (which is expected to launch under a portfolio of brands to be identified at a later date) consists of:
Focused Energy Drink– Formulated to deliver mood uplifting & focused energy without the use for caffeine or stimulants. Containing a blend of minerals, vitamins, natural plant chemicals, natural flavors, and Infuz2O derived from one or more strains of cannabis to complement the experience.
Relaxation Drink– Formulated to deliver relaxation and stress relief. Containing a blend of minerals, natural plant chemicals, natural flavors, and Infuz2O derived from one or more targeted strains of cannabis to complement the experience.
Sleep and Anxiety Relief Drink– Formulated to reduce anxiety and assist restful sleep. Containing a blend of minerals, plant and other natural chemicals, natural flavors, and Infuz2O derived from a targeted variety of hemp to complement the experience.
Marketing of these beverage products will follow additional testing and will be subject to necessary approvals and licenses to be granted by Health Canada and regulatory authorities in other territories.
About Sproutly Canada, Inc.
Sproutly’s core mission is to become the leading supplier to the cannabis beverage and edibles market. Sproutly’s Toronto based, ACMPR licensed facility was built to cultivate pharmaceutical grade cannabis to supply a technological breakthrough in producing and formulating the first natural, truly water-soluble cannabis solution. Sproutly’s water-soluble ingredients and its bio-natural oils will deliver revolutionary brands to international markets that are clamouring for well-defined commercial products. Sproutly’s business focus is to execute on partnerships with local and globally established consumer brands to leverage their existing customer bases, further expand brand loyalty, assist with marketing, and support distribution networks to deliver this scientific breakthrough with speed and efficiency worldwide.
For more information on Sproutly, please visit www.sproutly.ca.
Keith Dolo, Chief Executive Officer of Sproutly Canada
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