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Flowr to export up to 500 kilograms of premium medical cannabis to Israel.
The Supply Agreement represents the Company’s first export opportunity into an international market.
TORONTO, June 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Flowr Corporation (TSX.V: FLWR; OTC: FLWPF) (“Flowr” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a supply agreement (“Supply Agreement”) with Focus Medical Herbs Ltd. (“Focus Medical”), a company which IM Cannabis Corp. (NASDAQ: IMCC) (CSE:IMCC) (“IMC”) has an exclusive commercial agreement with in Israel. Pursuant to the terms of the Supply Agreement, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Flowr has agreed to export up to five hundred kilograms of premium dry flower cannabis in bulk form into Israel. The Supply Agreement represents the Company’s first significant international distribution agreement and first export opportunity into Israel.
The Israeli medical cannabis market was characterized by strong year-over-year growth in 2020. According to Prohibition Partners, active patients grew by approximately 17% from 2019 to 2020, reaching over 70,000 patients, leading to imports into Israel of over 7 tonnes by July 2020. Israel also announced plans to legalize recreational cannabis in late 2020, which will further drive demand for high-quality cannabis products. Brightfield estimates the market will generate over U.S.$130 million in 2021 and reach over U.S.$230 million by 2025.
“We are extremely pleased to be introducing our cannabis to the Israeli market in partnership with IMC and Focus Medical,” commented Darryl Brooker, Chief Executive Officer of Flowr. “We expect the Israeli market to be an important destination for us to grow our brand and distribution reach internationally. Coupled with our ability to grow high THC premium dry flower from our E.U. GMP facilities in Portugal, we view this partnership as an important next step to becoming a significant international producer of cannabis with a globally recognized brand.”
“IMC and Focus Medical have chosen to partner with Flowr because of its reputation as a premium cannabis producer in Canada and abroad,” commented Oren Shuster, Chief Executive Officer of IMC. “We believe that the Israeli market will receive Flowr’s renowned BC Pink Kush and BC Black Cherry strains with open arms. We look forward to working with the Flowr team to market and sell these premium and ultra-premium offerings.”
The Company expects its first shipment of BC Pink Kush to be available in the Israeli market in H2, 2021. The partnership with Focus Medical is for a period of three years, subject to certain early termination provisions and applicable regulatory requirements including the receipt of import and export permits.
The Flowr Corporation is a Toronto-headquartered cannabis company with operations in Canada, and Europe. Its Canadian operating campus, located in Kelowna, BC, includes a purpose-built, GMP-designed indoor cultivation facility; an outdoor and greenhouse cultivation site; and a state-of-the-art R&D facility. From this campus, Flowr produces recreational and medicinal products. Internationally, Flowr intends to service the global medical cannabis market through its subsidiary Holigen Holdings Limited, which has a license for cannabis cultivation in Portugal and operates a GMP licensed facility in Portugal. In 2020, Flowr’s BC Pink Kush was recognized as the top indica strain in Canada by KIND magazine.
Flowr aims to support improving outcomes through responsible cannabis use and, as an established expert in cannabis cultivation, strives to be the brand of choice for consumers and patients seeking the highest-quality craftsmanship and product consistency across a portfolio of differentiated cannabis products.
For more information, please visit flowrcorp.com or follow Flowr on Twitter: @FlowrCanada and LinkedIn: The Flowr Corporation.
About Focus Medical
Focus Medical is one of eight original licensed producers of medical cannabis in Israel and has over 10 years of experience growing high quality medical cannabis in the Israeli market. Focus Medical has an exclusive commercial agreement with IMC to distribute its production under the IMC brand. In addition to its own capacity, Focus Medical has signed supply agreements with other cultivators for additional supply using its proprietary genetics and for sale under the IMC brand.
IMC is an MCO in the medical and adult-use recreational cannabis sector, headquartered in Israel and with operations In Israel, Germany and Canada. Over the past decade, the Company believes that the IMC brand has become synonymous with quality and consistency in the Israeli medical cannabis market. The Company has also expanded its business to offer intellectual property-related services to the medical cannabis industry.
In Europe, IMC operates through Adjupharm GmbH (“Adjupharm”), a German-based subsidiary and EU GMP-certified medical cannabis processor and distributor. IMC’s European presence is augmented by strategic alliances with various pan-European EU-GMP cultivators and distributors to capitalize on the increased demand for medical cannabis products in Europe and bring the IMC brand and its product portfolio to European patients.
In Canada, IMC operates through Trichome JWC Acquisition Corp. (d/b/a “JWC”). JWC is a licensed producer located in Kitchener, Ontario, selling cannabis flower, pre-rolls, hash and kief in the Canadian recreational cannabis market under the JWC and Wagners brands. JWC operates with high standards for providing clean, consistent, aeroponically-grown premium cannabis products to medical patients and the adult-use market throughout Canada and the world. On March 31, 2021, IMC entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MYM and its licensed producer subsidiary, Highland Grow Inc. This transaction, if completed, will reinforce IMC's goal of being a leading global premium cannabis producer and purveyor.
On behalf of The Flowr Corporation:
Chief Executive Officer
INVESTORS & MEDIA:
Chief Financial Officer
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