Europe’s CBD Market To Skyrocket 400%

Demand for CBD is on the rise all over the world.In Europe, for example, the market is on course to grow 400% over the next four years, according to theBrightfieldGroup.

“CBD is just starting to take hold in Europe, with both product availability and consumer awareness still quite limited. This is a great opportunity for developed brands to enter and expand through Europe with far less competition than we’re seeing in theU.S.”

Globally, Piper Jaffray, for example, believes the CBD market alone could be worth up to$ 100billion. In addition, according to Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics, global spending on cannabis couldreach$57 billion by 2027.

Alla’s people around the world wake up to the health benefits of cannabis, including the treatment of insomnia, stress, anxiety, pain, and even chronic issues.

That’s creating sizable opportunity for companies such as the yield Growth Corp. (CSE:BOSS) (OTC:BOSQF), Canopy Growth Corporation(TO:WEED)(NYSE:CGC), OrganiGram Holdings Inc. (TSXV:OGI)(NASDAQ:OGI), Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE:GGB)(OTC:GGBXF),and Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE:ACB)(TO:ACB).


The Yield Growth Corp.just announced that its subsidiary Urban Juve’s Ultra-Hydrating Lip Balm with Hemp Oil has been successfully registered in the EU. A Compliance Certificate has been issued byBiorius, who is acting as Urban Juve’s Responsible Person in Europe.

Urban Juve’s Lip Balm with Hemp Oil is one of the skincare line’s top-selling products. In addition, the lip balm will be featured in the “Vogue BeautyHighlights” section of the October issue of UK Vogue to access an audience of4.1 million readers.

“We are excited about the new design of our ultra-Hydrating Lip Balm and can’t wait to get it into the hands of hundreds of thousands of consumers through sampling and sales,” says Penny Green, CEO of yield Growth and Urban Juve.

“Through our engagement of top design agencies in New York we are now planning a photo shoot and campaign to showcase the UrbanJuve products internationally this fall.”

With a total population of over 508 million, the EU represents massive market potential for Urban Juve products.

Other cannabis-related developments from around the markets include:

Canopy GrowthCorporation (TO: WEED)(NYSE: CGC) just announced its financial results for the first quarter ended June 30, 2019. In first-quarter fiscal2020, Canopy Growth harvested 40,960 kg of product, surpassing its previous estimate of 34,000 kilograms.

The Q1 harvest is the first full-scale harvest since the retrofitting of its large-scale greenhouse facilities started in calendar 2018, and with a majority of the work completed at Mirabel, Delta, and Aldergrove facilities, the Company is now shifting its focus to optimizing these facilities for yield and cost.

The Company believes these efforts will contribute to both revenue growth and gross margin improvements in the coming months. The recent Q1 harvest demonstrates the Company’s ability to scale production of ‘high-THC’ strains of cannabis, representing over 70% of the harvest, which positions the Company to better meet the burgeoning demand for high-THC products in retail. The Company also saw a steady increase of recreational retail sales which continues to be the primary channel for reaching new consumers.

“The Company has two primary objectives as we complete Q1 2020 and look to the remainder of the fiscal year,” said Mark Zekulin, CEO, CanopyGrowth.

“First, the Company remains focused on laying the foundation for dominance in an emerging global opportunity. This means investments in developing intellectual property, building brands, building international reach, and ensuring scaled production capability for current and future products. Second, we are fixated on the process of evolving from builders to operators over the remainder of this fiscal year, meaning that as our expansion program comes to a close in Canada, and as new value-add products come to market in Canada, we demonstrate a sustainable, high margin, profitable Canadian business.”

OrganiGram HoldingsInc.

OrganiGram Holdings Inc. (TSXV: OGI)(NASDAQ: OGI) just announced it entered into an advance payment and purchase agreement with 703454N.B. Inc.(carrying on business as 1812 Hemp) under which the Company will pre-fund hemp purchases to receive access to as much as 60,000 kilograms of dried hemp flower to be harvested in calendar 2019 for extraction into cannabidiol isolate. Organigram is already a party to a purchase agreement entered into in January 2019 with 1812 Hemp, in which Organigram was granted a right of first refusal on 1812 Hemp’s production of certain hemp cultivars. 

Access to CBD-rich hemp flower is being facilitated through the payment Agreement as the Company will advance funds to 1812 Hemp for their purchase of specialized large-scale hemp harvesting and processing equipment to maximize crop yields, contribute to increased efficiency and improve the preservation of harvested cannabinoids. Purchase conditions for the dried hemp flower continue to be governed by the January Purchase Agreement which secures supply and supports research and development on the genetic improvement of hemp through traditional plant breeding methods.

Green Growth Brands Inc.

Green Growth BrandsInc. (CSE:GGB)(OTC: GGBXF) just announced that it will open100th SeventhSense Botanical Therapymall-based shop. The first Seventh Sense shop opened in early February.”This is a huge milestone for Green Growth Brands and seventh Sense,” said Peter Horvath, CEO of Green Growth Brands. “We believe we have created the largest and most valuable network of brick and mortar CBDshops in the country.” Seventh Sense shops retail high-quality botanical therapy CBD-infused personal care and beauty products at affordable prices. The product offering includes over 100 SKUs across bath, body, face, therapeutic, and sleep categories.

Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE:ACB)(TO:ACB) just announced that it has secured commitments from an expanded syndicate of lenders led by the Bank of Montreal to amend and upsize its existing C$200 million secured credit facility. The amended secured credit facility will consist of an additional C$160 million allocated between both term loans and a revolving credit facility, both of which will mature in August 2021.

Closing of the credit facility is subject to completion of definitive documentation and satisfaction of conditions precedent customary for a financing of this nature. The credit facility will have a first ranking general security interest in the assets of Aurora.

Loans can be repaid without penalty at Aurora’s discretion.  “The upsizing of our credit facility to approximately C$360 million and the broadening of the lending syndicate to include additional Schedule 1 Canadian Banks is further recognition that our best-in-class production facilities lead the industry,” said Glen Ibbott, CFO of Aurora.  

“Access to this non-dilutive capital is a core funding source the Company intends to utilize as it further executes on its strategic growth initiatives. In addition to cash being generated from operations, the Company also has access to other unsecured debt alternatives, a number of equity investments, and has access toa C$514 million (US$400 million) At-The-Market equity program.”

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