Aphria’s Approved Growing Space Doubles
February 12, 2016
Combined facility capable of generating an estimated $30 million a year
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Leamington, Ontario – February 12, 2016 – Aphria Inc. (“Aphria” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: APH) is pleased to announce that the Company has received a license from Health Canada for the production of cannabis under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (Canada) (“MMPR”) for its new Part 1 expansion in Leamington, Ontario.
Under the MMPR, the license amendment provides Aphria with additional production space of 22,000 square feet. In addition, over 7,000 square feet of additional infrastructure, including the Company’s oil extraction room, chemistry laboratory and microbiology laboratory were approved. The Company anticipates its licensed capacity to increase over time as production and sales continue to grow. Based on new growing technologies added at the same time as the expansion, the Company estimates that the combined facility is capable of generating up to $30 million in sales annually.
“Aphria continues to deliver on its long-term strategic plan,” said Vic Neufeld, Chief Executive Officer of Aphria. “The additional growing space allows us to meet increased demand for medical marijuana from our rapidly growing patient base. It moves us one step closer to oil extraction sales and provides production synergies that will lower our production costs per gram. Our first crop in the new space will be available for sale in mid-May.”
Aphria Inc., a company continued under the laws of the Province of Ontario and based in Leamington, Ontario, is in the business of producing, supplying and selling medical marijuana pursuant to the MMPR. Under the MMPR, Health Canada is responsible for the oversight of commercial medical marijuana growers such as Aphria. Aphria’s common shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker symbol “APH”. For more information, visit aphriainc.com.
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