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New Brunswick-based Moosehead Breweries Ltd. is getting into the cannabis-infused beverage business, teaming up with Sproutly Canada Inc. to develop a line of non-alcoholic “rapid onset and offset” drinks.
Moosehead, the oldest and largest independently owned brewery in Canada, announced the joint venture with the cannabis company on Tuesday.
They have entered a “definitive agreement” to develop, produce and market all-natural cannabis-infused beverages using Sproutly’s naturally produced water-soluble cannabinoids known as Infuz2O.
With Sproutly’s technology and Moosehead’s experience developing products, the goal is a beverage that tastes good and provides an “immediate and controllable cannabis experience,” Moosehead CEO Andrew Oland said in a release.
The “experience” would take effect in about five minutes and last up to 90 minutes — similar to traditional flower cannabis, the release said.
Matthew Oland, a senior Moosehead executive who will serve as CEO of the joint venture, described it as a “game changer for the sector.”
The legalization of edibles is expected in Canada by Oct. 17. Ottawa has finished a consultation process for its proposed rules but has not yet released the final version.
Moosehead and Toronto-based Sproutly expect to form the new standalone beverage company by May 31.
No information about how soon the new products will be available has been released.
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They will be sold through provincially regulated and permitted online and retail storefronts, but Oland declined to say where.