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Neptune Hires Cannabis Sommelier and VP of Operations

ME Staff

Neptune Wellness Solutions (NASDAQ: NEPT) (TSX: NEPT) has named two new additions to its team to support the company’s rapid growth.

The company has appointed Stephen Lijoi as vice president operations and José Dominguez as cannabis sommelier and formulation specialist.

Lijoi will oversee all of Neptune’s extraction, manufacturing and packaging operations at the company’s two facilities, Sherbrooke, Quebec and Conover, in North Carolina. He has close to 30 years of experience in quality assurance and overseeing all aspects of pharmaceutical and nutritional supplement manufacturing operations.

“We are pleased to have Stephen join us at this stage of our expansion as we anticipate rapidly ramping up our processing capabilities at the Sherbrooke facility and the SugarLeaf facility in North Carolina. Considering his experience and achievements, we have full confidence in his ability to support Neptune’s vision of quality, safety and operational excellence,” Neptune CEO Michael Cammarata stated.

Dominguez will start in September in a newly created position of cannabis sommelier and formulation specialist. He will play an instrumental role in creating, designing and formulating vape pens for Neptune. In addition, Dominguez will also assist in producing several additional products, which include tinctures, topicals, and beverages.

Dominguez has earned more than 40 individual cannabis awards during his career including first-place awards for CBD flower, sativa flower, hybrid flower and solvent-less hash, which he won at the 2016 Lift Cannabis Cup in Vancouver. In the same year, Highway Magazine named Dominguez as Canada’s cannabis champion following his success at the Karma Elite Medical Marijuana Cup in 2016 with a first-place win for sativa flower and CBD flower.

“José significantly increases our formulation capabilities for various product forms, especially in the vape pens category, which is expected to grow rapidly in the next few years,” Cammarata stated.

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