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Product Team Update January 11, 2019
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • The bulk of the team’s time was spent updating the business model and preparing for the upcoming investor tours.

  • The protocols were written for the hot water trials and acidulation trials. Loyalist has started the hot water trials and Glen Falls has submitted a proposal for the acidulation trials.

  • Negotiated pricing with Burkert on a 20BBL brewhouse after the receiver for DME rescinded on our agreement. The request for expenditure has been submitted to the board and we are waiting on approval.

  • Revised the agreement with DME receiver to obtain cellar tanks in return for our deposit.

  • We received the tornado pulper and FLPR.

  • Demolition of the second floor should be finishing up this week. The contractors will then be moving into the warehouse to remove the wooden mezzanine.

  • Completed fermentation of the most recent beer samples.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Finalize the agreement with Burkert for the 20BBL system once board approval is received.

  • Continue the hot water trials at Loyalist and begin the acidulation trials at Glen Falls

  • Continue the design on the pre-treatment plant

  • Finalize the packaging line design and submit pricing for board approval

  • Package beer samples

  • Develop construction specifications and detailed drawings for the laboratory.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We are falling behind on engineering, safety and construction documentation. We do have a new person coming in to support this work but we would like to hire a student to assist with this.

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update December 14, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • The Boil at Grain and Grit was completed. The solids within the slurry created some challenges pumping the product from the kettle, through the heat exchanger and back into the tote. The heat exchanger clogged twice forcing us to abandon approx. 25 – 35gal of product at the bottom of the kettle.The lost product was mostly the solids dropping out from the boil. The tote has been returned to refrigerated storage until the filter press trials.

  • The purchase order has been issued for the demolition work. This will begin prior to the holidays and is expected to be completed in early January.

  • The funds for the brewhouse have been transferred to the escrow agent, and we should receive our brewhouse early January at the latest.

  • We received the inspection report on the used front-end equipment for the pre-treatment process. The tornado pulper is in good condition but the chopper and robot were not recommended. We have gone back to the seller with a revised offer on the equipment and will work to close a deal this week.

  • Draft of the dispensary have circulated back and forth between our team and Ehvert.

  • The Loyalist team presented their analysis of a single stage process vs. a 2-stage process. The results of the analysis proved there was no significant benefit to 2 stage process.

  • A meeting was held with Grimsby Power and Fengate this week to discuss the power requirements. Grimsby Power estimates a 6-month lead time on upgrading the utility.

  • Rob Kevwitch has agreed to come on board full-time starting Feb 1 and will be moving to the Grimsby area full-time by April.

  • Three packaging line designs have been submitted and all 3 have been commented on and returned.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Working to coordinate the delivery and set up of the Brewhouse.

  • Finalize an agreement for the used pre-treatment equipment.

  • Hold a kickoff meeting with the demolition contractors.

  • Hold a working session with the team to build out the plan for achieving our 2019 objectives.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We need to arrange financing for the capital items.

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update December 7, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • The focus this week has been on the persistent smoke aroma/taste in the hemp sugar. The team has had several discussions on this and come up with several options and a plan to eliminate this issue. This will continue to be the primary focus during the coming weeks as we are looking to resolve the issue prior to the holidays.

  • Filter press trials were completed on the 1000L tote of sugar. Two filter presses were used, the smaller unit had the finer filter that showed more promise for our application. The larger unit had a more porous filter that did not meet our requirements.

  • We are scheduling a second trial later this month using a large press with the finer filters.

  • Ehvert finalized the HVAC drawings for the licensure application, this has been confirmed by Elfi at Eurofins.

  • We have an agreement in place with the Alverez to purchase a 20bbl brewhouse from the sale of the DME assets in receivership. In addition to this we have an option to purchase Brock St. Brewing’s old 25bbl system. The all-in price to purchase, transport to Grimsby, install and commission is $250k.

  • Colin, Steven and I are working to finalize the Gantt chart and capital budget of the build out of the Grimsby facility.

  • The demolition agreement has been awarded and we will begin construction before the holidays

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Continue working to resolve the smoke smell/flavour issue. Samples of clarified product from loyalist have been sent to Rob for tasting.

  • We will be meeting with Lakeside and Burkert to discuss engineering design and automation for production and brewing.

  • Review Alfa Laval and CFT proposal for brewhouse equipment.

  • Develop the construction drawings and scope of work for the laboratory.

  • Finalise the capital plan and budget.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We need to arrange financing for the capital items.

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update November 30, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Unexpectedly we were notified that DME has gone into receivership. DME was selected as the supplier for the brewhouse so this created some concerns regarding the timeline. We have since made arrangements with the receiver to purchase a 20bbl system that was in stock.

  • We finalized the 1000L trial at FPI but there were some struggles caused by the new enzyme. There was a significant amount of suspended solids in the solution causing us to halt the solid/liquid separation at INRS. The solution was placed in storage and the team has made arrangements to filter the solution using a filter press at FPP on Tuesday. The team had identified this as a required step in the process prior to the challenges at FPI.

  • We experienced a set back with the brewing/flavor trials this week. The residual smoke smell/flavor from the INRS samples completed in Nov carried over after fermentation. We are investigating the source of the smoke smell/flavor and will develop a plan to reduce/eliminate the impact of these going forward. Further flavor trials have been postponed until we resolve the issue with off flavors from the Hemp processing.

  • We have received the second quote and Ehvert’s recommendation for demolition work. The recommendation will be reviewed this week.

  • The security plan has been submitted and reviewed with David Hyde’s team. We have also received the first pass of the HVAC drawings from Evhert. These have been reviewed/commented on and resubmitted.

  • A used bale feeder, Pierret chopper and tornado pulper have been sourced and we have arranged to have a physical inspection completed on these to confirm their condition.

  • Loyalist has is in the process of finalizing the comparison of using a single stage pre-treatment process versus a 2-stage pre-treatment process. The findings so far have shown no benefit to using a 2-stage process

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Tuesday night the team will be focusing on the pre-treatment process and how best to reduce/eliminate the smoke smell/flavour.

  • Colin, Rob and Erin will be traveling to FPP on Tuesday to run the FPI solution through the filter press.

  • Finalize the demolition agreement and HVAC design.

  • Attending the town counsel meeting on Monday night to introduce ourselves to the mayor and town counsellors.

  • Continue working with packaging line suppliers to provide designs and quotations.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We need to arrange financing for the capital items.

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update November 23, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • 1000L run of Cambridge Bay starts at FPI.

  • Brewing lab scale batch of Cambridge Bay starts in Grimsby.

  • We are working on sourcing our own equipment for our first step in the pretreatment process.

  • Working on an electrical upgrade in Grimsby.

  • We expect to have HVAC drawings for the labs.

  • Meeting with owners on site in Grimsby to start site plan proposal collaboration.

  • The product team is planning to have our equipment lists & quotes for the labs complete this week.

  • Meeting with executive team at Brock Street Brewing.

  • We are excited to send bottles of Cambridge Bay to the Business Development Team at the end of this week.

  • We will follow up with our construction engineer and make sure the demolition starts in Grimsby.

  • Meeting with executive team at Loyalist.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Continue build out of the labs & brewery.

  • Planning and scheduling for the 20HL run.

  • Gather information we need to provide for the site plan proposal.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We need to arrange financing for the capital items.

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update November 16, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Completed scheduling for the 1000L trial at FPI. We will be brewing this batch at Brock Street Brewing in December.

  • Flavor trials were successful on our pilot scale run, samples of Cambridge Bay will be available at the end of November.

  • We have received the 1st revision of the brewhouse layout. We have completed a full review of the lab equipment with the entire science team.

  • We have completed the layout & drawings of the labs.

  • Sourcing HVAC for the labs has been started by our contractors and this has been moved to high priority.

  • We will be meeting with the owners and starting our site plan proposal collaboration on November 26th.

  • The Loyalist team has been working on our enzymes for brewing and optimizing that process.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Review quotes for lab equipment and make selections.

  • Follow up and make sure demolition proposals are received.

  • Make sure we get the HVAC specs & maintenance schedule.

  • We will drill into the details of our 1000L run with Brock Street.

  • Continue developing the preliminary design for the hemp/marijuana processing plant.

  • Start process in Edmonton for our 20HL run of Cambridge Bay.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We need to arrange financing for the capital items.

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update November 9, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Work began on the 1000L trial at FPI.

  • The final 2 conditions were completed at INRS this week.

  • The demolition contractors came to do a walk through.

  • Flavor trials are underway on the first series of INRS conditions.

  • The RFP for the steam requirements has been submitted.

  • Mark Woitzik at Brock Street brewing has agreed to allow us to use his brewery for the 1000l trial, this will begin late Nov/early Dec

  • We have scheduled a pre-consultation meeting with the town of Grimsby on Jan 3rd.

  • The Loyalist team tested and concluded that we can reduced the enzyme concentration from 10% to 6% and still achieve the same results.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • We should receive the 1st revision of the brewhouse layout.

  • RFP’s for the line layout should be received this week

  • The demolition proposals should be received.

  • We will begin pre-design consultation on the office layout.

  • Continue work on the 1000l trial at FPI.

  • Rob and Erin will be developing the protocols for the fermentation process.

  • Continue developing the preliminary design for the hemp/marijuana processing plant.

  • Review the required lab equipment and obtain final quotes.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

Ryan will be taking the lead while Greg is on vacation, please support him as required.

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update November 2, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • The lab results concluded that we have achieved enough sugars without concentration to reach an alcohol content between 7.5%-8%.

  • We will continue to analyze this to see if concentration can be avoided.

  • Rob has arrived at Belleville and is setting up for the flavour and yeast trials.

  • We received the first draft of the 20bbl and 100bbl brewhouse. The initial concept has been commented on and resubmitted.

  • Calls were held with KHS, Krones, CFT, BW and Moravek to discuss the packaging line. Quotes should start coming in this week

  • We continue to develop the design of the hemp/marijuana plant, focusing on steam load requirements and evaporation.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • We will continue working to finalize the lab drawings and brewhouse design. These items are on the critical path and any delays will push out the completion date

  • Pricing for the evaporation requirements will be received on Friday.

  • Rob will continue working on flavour and yeast trials at Loyalist.

  • Colin and Greg will be updating the construction schedule.

  • We are pushing to finalize steam consumption requirements this week to allow us to get pricing and lead time on a boiler

  • Erin will be working at FPI Quebec starting the 1000L pre-treatment trial at FPI.

  • The team at Grimsby will prepare the office for the Cambodian investors visit this week.

  • Hold a call with Mark at Brock Street to discuss using his brewery for the 1000L trial.

  • We will complete the last 2 conditions at INRS this week

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We need to arrange financing for the capital items.

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update October 26, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Several candidates have been interviewed for the bioprocess role.

  • First pass of revised Capital plan has been created and reviewed

  • INRS Conditions 1 & 2 were harvested and sent to Loyalist

  • Received demolition approval from the town of Grimsby.

  • Ehvert is putting together a bid plan.

  • Reviewed floor plan with David Hydes group. There were only a few items to review so far but overall the floor plan was well received. We are waiting on their feedback prior to proceeding with the engineer drawings.

  • Colin Cymbalisty has started and will be working with the team to develop the hemp/marijuana processing plant.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • INRS will start 3rd condition of enzymatic hydrolysis this week.

  • Our new Research Neurobiologist, Natasha, starts this week.

  • Rob will begin flavour trials on the 1st & 2nd conditions. These trials will be used for further flavour iterations

  • We are coordinating a 1000L run at FPI QC and FPI PC. The goal is to package this product in 473ml cans.

  • Work with marketing to coordinate consumables for 1000hl runs

  • Continuing working on the equipment list for the laboratory We should receive the first pass of the brewery layout Oct 29th. We will review this with the team and David Hyde’s group.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We need to arrange financing for the capital items.

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update October 19, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Starting the second enzymatic hydrolysis condition at INRS.

  • We have received the demolition permit from the town of Grimsby and will be getting quotes to begin work.

  • Follow up with contacts from the Pac Ex show to obtain budget pricing.

  • Reconfigure the package line based on an 80/20 cans/bottle split.

  • Qualified the concentration requirements for the hemp wort.

  • Our new process engineer Colin starts today. Colin will be taking the lead on design work for the pretreatment plant.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Start the demolition of the laboratory and office space.

  • Finalize the design for the brewhouse layout.

  • Obtain fixed pricing on the packaging equipment 3rd condition at INRS flavoring trials to begin Nov 1

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Financing for the capital equipment

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update October 12, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • First of 4 enzymatic hydrolysis trials will be completed at INRS.

  • DME has begun the line layout for the 20hl and 100hl brewhouses.

  • Submitting our application for demolition with the town of Grimsby.

  • Sourcing packaging line equipment.

  • Procure office furniture for 270 Hunter Road.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Continue enzymatic hydrolysis at INRS, 3 more conditions over 3 weeks.

  • Start flavouring trials on hemp extract/wort.

  • Finalize the laboratory equipment list.

  • Finalize the brewhouse layout and packaging line supplier. We will need to order key equipment In November to ensure no delays.

  • Begin detailed drawings for the laboratory.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We need to solidify financing, any delays in funding will delay the start up of the brewhouse.

  • We need an update on the prosed layout/design before proceeding to detailed drawings.

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update October 5, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Finalize SmartSheet project plan for full facility build out

  • Wash and centrifuge solids for enzymatic hydrolysis trials at INRS

  • Finalize plans for moving to Grimsby

  • Review/finalize contract for 20HL brewhouse

  • Finalize NSERC Engagement Grant

  • Set up a call with Evhert and science team to determine their capabilities for design/modeling the hemp treatment plant.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Enzymatic hydrolysis assessment 1 of 4

  • Continue developing lab detail drawings

  • Attend Pack-Expo in Chicago to source packaging equipment suppliers.

  • Continue preparing Hunter Road for occupancy

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We are still looking for financing for the brewery equipment

Product Team Update September 28, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • We have submitted the PO request for the down payment of the brewhouse. This will allow DME to move forward with the design work.

  • Finalized the conceptual design of the lab and submitted it to David Hyde for review.

  • Secured delivery of the hemp for the pre-treatment work be completed at FPI and INRS.

  • Built out the scheduled for the pre-treatment, including flavour trials.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • This week we will begin the pre-treatment trials at FPI will be completed. Erin and Thomas will be in Quebec overseeing the work.

  • Finalizing the security requirements for 270 Hunter Road

  • Receiving the keys to 270 Hunter Road. Greg Foster will be working on site starting Oct 8th.

  • Preparing 270 Hunter Road for occupancy.

  • Continue investigating best practices for alcohol extraction.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We are still looking for financing for the brewery equipment

Product Team Update September 21, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Finalized negotiations with DME to provide the 20hl brewhouse.

  • Received the 1st draft of the floor plan and reviewed it with the team.

  • Rodolfo, Thomas, and Erin are working on the recommended design for the pre-treatment plant.

  • Coordinated shipment of processed hemp to Quebec and Glen Falls

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Working with FP Innovations to come up with a solution for eliminating or using different chemicals in the boiler water

  • Work with Malt Canada to secure supply of malted hemp seeds.

  • Complete conceptual floor plan

  • Continue developing requirements and sourcing equipment.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We are looking to finance the cost of the brewery and need help finding companies/banks that provide these services

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update September 14, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Continue to finalize the details for the trials taking place at INRS. We received an initial quote for the work being done at INRS and it was less than expected.

  • INRS is obtaining a quote on our behalf from Agriculture Canada to trial vacuum evaporation.

  • We have finalized the requirements for the brewing equipment and are waiting on quotes from Sprinkman, DME and Krones. JVNW has been contacted multiple times to quote, but no one has responded.

  • We are sourcing the lab equipment and obtaining multiple quotes.

  • Evhert is working on laying out the conceptual design/layout for the facility, we should see a first draft this week.

  • Develop labour plan for years 1–5.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Finalize the details for completing the trials at INRS.

  • Obtain quotes and negotiate pricing for the brewhouse equipment.

  • Obtain the first draft of the floor plan from Evhert.

  • Have a complete list of lab equipment and specifications to Evhert.

  • Identify job requirements for roles identified in years 1- 2 of the labour plan.

  • Update Smartsheet with labour requirements.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We are struggling to arrange cold storage in/around Quebec for the processed hemp.

  • We will be looking into alcohol extraction and dosing if anyone has any contacts with expertise in this area we would appreciate them.

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update September 7, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Continue work with INRS to prepare for hydrolysis pilot in Quebec, includes clarification and concentration.

  • Investigate feasibility of enzymatic hydrolysis and concentration at production scale.

  • Finalized agreement with general contractor Evhert for the high-level design and budgeting for construction at the Grimsby site.

  • Continued working with supplier on brewhouse requirements.

  • Defined team member roles within the product team.

  • Completed washing and milling for hemp being used in the Quebec trials.

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Continue prep work for the trials in Quebec and the Loyalist lab.

  • Set up charter meetings for the pilot and large-scale breweries.

  • Set up building design/layout kickoff meeting with Evhert. Focus of the week will be on building design and layout.

  • Begin defining and documenting team roles and responsibilities.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • MNDA DuPont/Genencor

  • MNDA Dr. Lars Rehmann, UWO

  • MTA with DSM Enzyme

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update August 31, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Rough sizing, throughput calculations, and budget estimates for bio-processing.
  • 1st pass on 2018-2019 budget, capex, and operations.
  • Requested revised proposal from Evhert and held preliminary discussions with Laporte
  • Hemp arrived in Edmonton for cutting and washing

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Source an engineering firm to support/develop detailed drawings on bioprocesss.
  • Continue budget work
  • Finalize agreement with a GC (Evhert ot Laporte)
  • Coordinate time for meeting on building design/layout
  • Review brewhouse proposals (waiting on final proposal from KHS)
  • Coordinate trip to Pack Expo.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Looking for a source on used office furniture.

All, Product TeamDooma Wendschuh
Product Team Update August 24, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Developing the product & science budget for 2018 & 2019.
  • Held discussions with KSH and Ehvert on design and construction of 270 Hunter Road. KSH has declined to provide a proposal as they do not have the capacity for the project.
  • Working with Krones, DME and KSH on bids for the brewhouse.
  • We are investigating hemp seed requirements and options on in house vs. outsourcing. Cost to do in-house are looking prohibitive. Canada Malting has an R&D site and has expressed interest in doing trials.
  • The best news of the week, Robyn has decided to continue working with us.
  • Ordered 4400lbs of hemp for Cambridge Bay trials in Canada

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Finalizing an agreement with Ehvert to do the design and construction at 270 Hunter Road.
  • Source office furniture for 15 people and get the wifi set up at 270 Hunter Road.
  • Continue developing the budget - capital and operational.
  • Work with the marketing team to determine the packaging requirements.
  • Continue working on Cambridge Bay runs at multiple locations in Canada & the US
  • Find a third-party malting partner in Canada

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • Looking for a source on used office furniture.

Product Team Update August 17, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Engaged KSH to assist in the design and construction of the Grimsby location.
  • Engaged Krones and DME to develop proposals for the brewhouse.
  • Interviewed a potential employee for lead extraction role

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Finalize the laboratory equipment list and provide spec sheets to KHS. This will allow them to develop a draft layout for review with the team.
  • Further discussions with DME and Krones on the brewhouse requirements. Source 1 – 2 more bidders for the brewhouse.
  • Have a discussion with David Hyde on the security requirements for the Grimsby location.
  • Update the Kanban board and start the layout out the project Gantt charts in Smartsheet.
  • Work with the marketing team to develop the packaging requirements.

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We would like to develop a list of quality subtrades to submit proposals to:
    • Mechanical
    • Electrical
    • HVAC
    • General construction, etc.
Product Team Update August 10, 2018
 
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THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

  • Placed order for extraction evaporation system
  • Research on malted hemp seeds - companies for outsourcing & potentially malting in our brewery.
  • We have started working with consultants to source our hemp processing equipment
  • Lease negotiations on our potential space at 270 Hunter Rd. in Grimsby are in progress

LOOKING FORWARD

  • Our new team leader, Greg Foster, starts on Monday, August 13th
  • Our team at Loyalist returns to work this week
  • Planning small and large batches of Cambridge Bay

THINGS WE NEED HELP WITH

  • We need help sourcing 10 tons of hemp stock/fiber in the United States.