Aphria Triples Production Capacity With Approval From Health Canada for Part II Expansion
May 15, 2017
Combined facility capable of producing 8,000 kgs annually
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LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO – (May 15, 2017) – Aphria Inc. (“Aphria” or the “Company”) (TSX:APH)(OTCQB:APHQF), is pleased to announce that the Company has received a license amendment from Health Canada that provides Aphria with additional production space of 57,000 square feet, as part of its Part II expansion at its facility in Leamington, Ontario. This will more than triple Aphria’s production capacity of medical cannabis from 2,600 kgs annually to 8,000 kgs annually.
The Health Canada license amendment falls under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (Canada) (“ACMPR”). The first crop cultivated and produced at the Part II expansion will be available for sale in the middle of August.
“The license amendment marks the completion of the second part of Aphria’s four-part expansion plan, set to be completed by July 2018,” said Vic Neufeld, Chief Executive Officer, Aphria. “This will allow us to continue to produce high-quality cannabis at one of the lowest costs in the industry. The expansion will propel Aphria’s greenhouse footprint to become the largest in the industry and deliver on our long-term strategic plan.”
We Have a Good Thing Growing.
Aphria Inc., one of Canada’s lowest cost producers, produces, supplies and sells medical cannabis. Located in Leamington, Ontario, the greenhouse capital of Canada. Aphria is truly powered by sunlight, allowing for the most natural growing conditions available. Aphria is committed to providing pharma-grade medical cannabis, superior patient care while balancing patient economics and returns to shareholders. Aphria was the first public licenced producer to report positive cash flow from operations and the first to report positive earnings in consecutive quarters.
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