Kelowna, B.C., March 5, 2020 – Valens GroWorks Corp. (TSXV: VLNS) (OTCQX: VLNCF) (the “Company”, “Valens” or “The Valens Company”), a global leader in the end-to-end development and manufacturing of innovative, cannabinoid-based products, today announced the launch of a line of cannabis-infused beverages, produced under a white label agreement with A1 Cannabis Company (a subsidiary of Iconic Brewing). The launch demonstrates Valens’ leadership and excellence in the development and manufacturing of Cannabis 2.0 products, as the Company continues to successfully commercialize cannabis-infused beverages within the Canadian market.

The new line of beverages includes BASECAMP, a CBD-forward iced tea, and SUMMIT, a THC-forward citrus water. BASECAMP will be available at select retailers throughout Ontario in the coming days, with additional markets expected to follow. SUMMIT is expected to be available at select stores in the coming weeks.

SUMMIT and BASECAMP were developed using the SōRSE by Valens emulsion technology which transforms cannabis oil into water-soluble forms for use in beverages, edibles, topicals and other consumer products while eliminating cannabis taste, colour or smell. The technology provides a number of advantages including faster-observed onset times compared to other infused beverages and edibles; a significant reduction of offset time; an ability to use lower doses of cannabinoids due to enhanced bioavailability; and increased consistency and stability with the potential to achieve more than one-year shelf life.

“Our agreement with A1 demonstrates the strategic value of partnering with leading companies that share our vision and reinforces our commitment to launching the Cannabis 2.0 products that consumers are looking for,” said Tyler Robson, CEO of Valens. “This is the next step in the execution of our strategy to introduce innovative, high-quality products that deliver safe and customized user experiences.”

The Canadian market for cannabis beverages is growing rapidly, and according to a report by Deloitte, it is expected to reach C$529 million on an annual basis. Additionally, the firm projects that in Canada alone, consumers are expected to spend C$1.6 billion annually on cannabis extract-based products (including beverages).

Cole Miller, CEO and Founder of A1 Cannabis Company, said, “We are incredibly proud to introduce the SUMMIT and BASECAMP beverages in partnership with Valens, and are fully confident that they will meet the taste and quality expectations of Canadian consumers who have been waiting eagerly for cannabis-infused beverages.”

Under the terms of the white label agreement between Valens and A1 Cannabis Company, a minimum of 2.5 million cannabis-infused beverages will be produced over five years, with the opportunity to expand on the partnership with new product offerings in the near future.


Vancouver - Wednesday, March 4 - SilverChef, Canada’s leading hospitality financier, has announced the winners of The SilverChef Hospitality Awards, which recognize the highest standards in Canadian hospitality for innovation, sustainability, and social responsibility and impact. This year’s winners include: Radical Gardens, Somun Superstar and Ozzy’s Burgers.

Each category winner has secured $5,000 in commercial equipment from SilverChef to help grow their business. Radical Gardens - the winner of both the Communitarian Award and the Hospitality Business of the Year - was awarded a total of $10,000 in commercial equipment. The winners were announced on March 3 at an awards ceremony at the RC Show 2020 in Toronto.

The winners and runners-up under each category include:

Hospitality Business of the Year: From the six finalists, the hospitality operator with the highest overall score was crowned the Hospitality Business of the Year, receiving an additional $5,000 reward in commercial equipment. 


WINNER: Radical Gardens - Timmins, Ontario.


Momentum Award: This award recognized establishments that have made the largest leap forward in terms of sustainability or environmental conservation.


WINNER: Somun Superstar - Toronto, Ontario

Runner-up: Knifey Spooney - Kingston, Ontario

Entrepreneur of the Year:This award recognized a new business that had introduced an innovative technology or service offering.


WINNER: Ozzy’s Burgers - Toronto, Ontario

Runner-up: Just Bite Me Meals - St Albert, Alberta

Communitarian Award: This award recognized hospitality operators with the highest standards of social responsibility, either through charitable giving or hiring practices that impact their local communities.


WINNER: Radical Gardens - Timmins, Ontario

Runner-up: Punk Rock Pastries - Vancouver, British Columbia

Robert Phelps, President of SilverChef, said: “We’re delighted to celebrate the winners of the SilverChef Hospitality Awards. The calibre of finalists was inspiring, and we were impressed by the level of creativity and originality from hospitality operators across Canada. However, what particularly stood out was the hospitality owners’ ongoing commitment to tangibly impact their communities - whether from an environmental or social perspective. It’s this unwavering commitment to innovation that makes our hospitality sector such an exciting and dynamic community to be a part of.”

Brianna Humphrey at Radical Gardens commented: “Radical Gardens has always put purpose and impact at the heart of its business ethos, so we’re thrilled to have won both the Communitarian Award and the Hospitality Business of the Year. These awards not only recognize our hard-working team, but also our local community who continue to support Radical Gardens day in, day out.”


Alen Zukanovic at Somun Superstar said: “Food waste is a major issue in the hospitality industry and it’s essential that the sector creates more sustainable solutions to minimize this environmental impact. We’re therefore delighted to have won the Momentum Award: it’s an ongoing process to manage our food waste and move towards a more sustainable business model, but it’s great to be recognized for the work we are doing already. This award will inspire us to continue innovating.”


Turgay Kirbiyik at Ozzy’s Burgers commented: “We’re excited to have won SilverChef’s Entrepreneur of the Year award. As a new hospitality operator it can be challenging to navigate the unexpected hurdles that come with opening a new store, so it’s fantastic to be recognized for all the hard-work, determination and effort that has gone into the past few months. We’re now looking forward to seeing our business grow and flourish.”   

Entry to the awards was open to all hospitality operators across Canada, via The SilverChef Hospitality Awards website.

Keep updated of further SilverChef Hospitality Awards news by following along on Twitter @SilverChefCa, Instagram @SilverChefCa and Facebook @SilverChefCanada, using the hashtag #ImpactfulHospitality.


March 4, 2020

The Guild of Fine Food has announced that the World Cheese Awards will be held in the Spanish Principality of Asturias this year, taking place in Oviedo on Wednesday 4 November. Forming part of the Asturias Paraíso Natural International Cheese Festival 2020, run by the Instituto del Queso, the 33rd edition of the competition will headline a four day festival dedicated to cheese, staged at the city’s awe-inspiring Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos.

Uniting the global cheese community, from cheesemakers to cheese lovers and everyone in between, World Cheese Awards 2020 is set to be bigger and more international than ever before, following a record-breaking 3,804 entries from 42 different countries judged in Bergamo, Italy last year. Due to take place on the first day of the International Cheese Festival, running from Wednesday 4 November until Saturday 7 November, the World Cheese Awards judging will signal the start of one of this year’s most important gastronomic events.

Welcoming judges from over 30 different countries, cheese from six continents and followers from every corner of the globe, Oviedo will become the centre of the cheese world this November. Building upon the Asturias region’s rich cheesemaking heritage, the International Cheese Festival will present a packed programme of events for both consumer and trade visitors, including an exhibition, a cheese market, a scientific cheese congress, tours of the World Cheese Awards judging arena, experimental tasting sessions, an Asturian Agriculture Forum and even a gastro cheese comedy line-up.

John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine Food, organisers of the World Cheese Awards, commented: “It gives me great pleasure to announce Oviedo as the host city for WCA 2020, following an extremely impressive bid from the Principality of Asturias, the City Council of Oviedo and the Instituto del Queso. We received interest from potential host cities across the world, but the opportunity to bring WCA to Asturias was too good to miss, not least due to the region’s whole-hearted commitment to its food culture. From the peak of the mountains to the depths of the sea, this is one part of the world where you truly can eat the view. With up to 4,000 cheeses from over 40 different countries expected at WCA 2020, the competition will be bringing a global celebration of cheese to Oviedo, putting the city firmly on the map of top international food destinations. Thousands of food professionals, buyers, retailers, consumers and tourists will be making their way to the city for one of the biggest cheese events the world has ever seen, creating a lasting food and drink legacy for the region.”

Luisa Villegas, managing director of Instituto del Queso, organisers of the International Cheese Festival, added: “It’s a wonderful opportunity to have a date set in the world calendar of gastronomy and cheese. It will be a meeting point to speak about science, health and the food of the future. Indeed, the Festival wants to build a space where technology, traditional artisan cheesemakers and science-based novel biotechnological processes will align together to work towards new business models. Cheese has to set an example in innovation, and of course, the producers, the cheesemakers, and the agrifood industry will be the main protagonists of the Festival.”

The World Cheese Awards will take place on Wednesday 4 November, forming part of the International Cheese Festival, which will run from Wednesday 4 November until Saturday 7 November at the Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos in Oviedo, Spain.


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