Ascent Industries (CSE:ASNT) (“Ascent” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that through a wholly owned subsidiary it has entered into a brand partnership agreement (the “Agreement”) with PAX Labs Inc. (“PAX”), pairing Ascent’s TOKO brand oil with the award-winning PAX Era premium cannabis vaporizer for distribution in the state of Oregon.
Pursuant to the Agreement, Ascent is licensed to sell and distribute the PAX Era vaporizer platform and compatible pod through all 535 of Oregon’s dispensaries starting November 1st, 2018. Ascent will offer several varieties of TOKO oil, designed for a wide array of uses and giving a broad range of choice to consumers. TOKO oil will be one of only six oil brands available for the PAX Era vaporizers in the state of Oregon.
James Poelzer, Ascent’s Chief Business Development Officer comments, “This agreement with PAX comes at a time when the popularity of vaping is driving product innovation to meet consumer demand for ease of use, portability and improved flavour. PAX’s award winning Era vaporizer product is a premium pen and pod system, and perfectly matches the high quality of TOKO oil. The Oregon distribution agreement pairs the leading vape pen brand in the world and our popular TOKO oil products. The premiere positioning of the PAX Era will help to further entrench TOKO as one of Oregon’s leading cannabis oils.”
Cannabis vaporizers are growing more popular with consumers as they are portable and discreet, emitting less odor than smokable flower. Consumer spending on cannabis concentrates in the United States is projected to reach almost $3 billion in 2018 according to a report by Arcview Market Research in partnership with BDS Analytics. According to Arcview, vaping is the main driver of concentrate sales, and 58 percent of concentrate spending in 2018 will be for prefilled vaporizers. In Colorado the number is as high as 86 percent, while in California 71 percent of all concentrate sales are for vaporizer applications. (Arcview Research and BDS Analytics, June 2018)1
Ascent is committed to building strong brands in the Oregon market and other cannabis legal jurisdictions as part of its global strategy. The Company recently captured two awards in Oregon’s Dope Cup, a premier cannabis competition held annually in the US. Ascent’s Grace Notes brand won the CBD Edible award for its Salty Potato Chip CBD Bar and the Company’s Nu brand won top place for its CBD Alcohol Free Tincture. The awards typically lead to greater brand recognition and product sales. Together with the PAX distribution agreement Ascent is poised to continue to elevate its brands in Oregon.
About PAX Labs Inc.:
Founded in 2007 and separated from JUUL Labs in 2017, PAX is an industry leader in the design and development of premium cannabis vaporization technologies and devices. Headquartered in San Francisco, PAX Labs has revolutionized vaporizer product design with a focus on helping consumers better understand and measure their experience with cannabis.
More than a million PAX devices have been sold for vaporizing cannabis in flower form and in 2016, the company introduced PAX Era, a connected, app-driven pod system for concentrates, which are filled by PAX brand partners. For more information, please visit pax.com.
About Ascent Industries Corp.:
In Canada, Ascent (through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Agrima Botanicals) is a Licenced Producer under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations of Health Canada, with licences to cultivate cannabis and produce cannabis extracts. In addition, the Company is a Licenced Dealer under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada), with the ability to produce, package, sell, send, transport and distribute medically focused cannabis products in Canada to other licenced entities and internationally in jurisdictions where medical cannabis is legal. In the United States, the Company holds licences in Oregon (for processing and for distribution of cannabis to any licenced entity in the state) and in Nevada (for cultivation and for production, processing and wholesale distribution of cannabis). In Europe, Agrima ApS, a Danish company and wholly-owned subsidiary of Ascent, has submitted licence applications for a Wholesaler Dealers Licence and Controlled Drug Licence in Denmark, and applications for the approval of eight products to the Danish Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.
The Company’s operations currently include licenced facilities in British Columbia, Canada, and in Oregon and Nevadain the United States. The Company is increasing its cultivation and production capacity from 50,000 square feet to 710,000 square feet in 2018, from which it expects to produce significantly higher amounts of cannabis and cannabis oil to support its expanding operations.
The Company offers a product suite of more than 40 unique products under several consumer-focused brands, including gel capsules, tinctures, medicinal oils, concentrates, vaporizer pens, pre-rolled joints, various edibles and raw flower. Through careful development of its sophisticated cannabis brands, Ascent is positioned to be a leader in branded, commercialized products in both medical and adult-use markets across North America and internationally.
In addition, the Company conducts cannabis-based research with Simon Fraser University, including in the area of unique cannabinoid formulations that produce targeted physiological outcomes.
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1 The State of Legal Cannabis Markets – 6th Edition, Arcview Research and BDS Analytics June 2018