SOL Global's Heavenly Rx Selects the Great States of Tennessee and Kentucky for Its Premiere Hemp Cultivation
TORONTO, March 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - SOL Global Investments Corp. ("SOL Global" or the "Company") (SOL.CN) (SOLCF) (Frankfurt: 9SB) is pleased to announce that it has signed a binding letter of intent ("LOI") to acquire three tracts of agricultural property totaling 568 acres of land in the States of Tennessee and Kentucky for the cultivation and production of raw hemp biomass. The Company will assign the agricultural property to its hemp/CBD-focused subsidiary, Heavenly Rx Ltd. ("Heavenly"). The properties will be directly managed by Heavenly portfolio company Blühen Botanicals LLC ("Blühen"), an industry-leading hemp biomass processing and extraction company headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Under the terms of the LOI, Heavenly will acquire a total of 420 acres of agricultural property in McMinn County, Tennessee, and 148 acres of agricultural property in Whitley County, Kentucky. The properties were specifically selected in areas prized for their temperate climates and ideal environmental conditions for both greenhouse and outdoor growing. Blühen will manage the farms pursuant to a farm management agreement to ensure that the highest quality standards are met while also maintaining EuGMP certification protocols.
The properties will allow Heavenly to fill future national or international orders using its own farms and supply agreements, a key development in Heavenly's strategic plan to become a vertically-integrated leader in the hemp and CBD marketplaces.
Also included in the farm and supply agreements will be set terms for contract farming in Tennessee and Kentucky at highly favorable market rates. The first year of contract farming is expected to produce a projected 500,000 lbs. of hemp biomass, which will in turn produce a multitude of high quality, hemp-derived CBD products. The cost of biomass production under the Blühen contract farming agreement is expected to be significantly lower than the average price paid per pound of biomass in 2018, allowing Heavenly and Blühen to realize higher total margins for their hemp and CBD products.
"This acquisition allows Heavenly to solidify its position as a vertically-integrated leader in the emerging hemp and CBD marketplace," said Joe Fox, CEO of Blühen. "Blühen looks forward to leveraging its numerous relationships with farmers across the southeastern United States as the company becomes an increasingly vital part of the national hemp and CBD supply chain."
"We're excited to partner with some of the best hemp farmers in the United States on this latest venture, which strengthens our vertically integrated hemp and CBD international rollout plan," said Brady Cobb, CEO of SOL Global. "This acquisition will allow Heavenly Rx to expand its leadership role in the U.S. hemp and CBD industry, and Blühen Botanicals' industry-leading expertise in hemp processing and extraction will prove a valuable asset in the management and cultivation of the properties."
About SOL Global Investments Corp.
SOL Global is an international investment company with a focus on, but not limited to, cannabis and cannabis related companies in legal U.S. states, the hemp and CBD marketplaces and the emerging European cannabis and hemp marketplaces. Its strategic investments and partnerships across cultivation, distribution and retail complement the company's R&D program with the University of Miami. It is this comprehensive approach that is positioning SOL Global as a future frontrunner in the United States' medical cannabis industry.
About Heavenly Rx Ltd.
Heavenly will hold controlling ownership interests in various industry-leading assets in the hemp/CBD and THC-free cannabinoid wellness space, with a focus on hemp cultivation, processing and the manufacturing of a diverse range of traditional CBD products including oils, tinctures, balms, and vape-ready products. Heavenly Rx's portfolio will include several proprietary brands across numerous consumer product group verticals such as cosmetics and beauty products, bath and body products, and infused foods.
About Blühen Botanicals LLC
Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Blühen Botanicals is a hemp biomass processing and extraction company with farming and distribution partners across the United States. With a dedicated, pharmaceutical grade hemp research facility, Blühen works with manufacturers to produce custom formulations for its own blend of boutique wellness products such as full spectrum hemp extract tinctures, capsules, creams, pet treats, and oils. The company employs expert entomologists, plant pathologists, agronomists, chemists, and engineers on its 30-person team. The company will open its flagship retail location in Knoxville, Tenn. in May 2019 and plans to open a second retail location in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. later this year. Learn more at www.bluhenbotanicals.com.
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