Koios Beverage (CSE:KBEV, OTC:SNOVF) (the “Company” or “Koios”) today unveiled the Company’s plans to market its line of cannabis and CBD-infused beverages through an innovative distribution model, generally known as Direct Store Delivery (DSD) and Direct to Customer (D2C) sales.

Koios Beverage Corp. is preparing a fleet of branded delivery vans as part of its plan to adopt a Direct Store Delivery model of distribution in its home state of Colorado. (CNW Group/Koios Beverage Corp.)
Koios Beverage Corp. is preparing a fleet of branded delivery vans as part of its plan to adopt a Direct Store Delivery model of distribution in its home state of Colorado. (CNW Group/Koios Beverage Corp.)

Cannabis beverages are produced and distributed through the Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Cannavated Beverage Corp. in partnership with Keef Brands.


Direct Store Delivery involves selling and shipping directly to retail stores that carry Koios products, with no use of any independent third party – neither an independent wholesaler, nor the retailer’s own warehouses.

“We’re a company that thrives on innovation, and we’re not afraid to do things differently when it makes sense to do so,” said Koios CEO Chris Miller. “Building out distribution partnerships takes a lot of time and a lot of money, and adds additional cost to your products as you pay the middleman.

“By shipping directly to our retail partners and to our customers, we avoid a lot of these costs, and at the same time we better control our sales, our marketing and our business relationships.”

Koios has now purchased the first of what will be a fleet of branded delivery vans that will soon be seen travelling the streets and highways of Colorado.

“Many of the other companies in this space don’t employ their own sales teams and rely instead on third parties,” Miller explains. “In our experience, this can hurt your brand in the early days as you hand over the important job of building relationships at all levels to someone else.

“Instead, we’ve chosen to own those relationships. Our branded vans and delivery routes create more awareness as we build out our retail and Direct to Consumer channels, and if you ever spend a day in the field with our route sales staff, you can see the relationships we’ve built at the store level are very strong.”

Miller said Koios is also seeing growing success with its Direct to Consumer online sales, which doubled this month over last month.

“We’re building relationships with our stores and our customers, and this process also allows us to cut our costs and pass those savings on to the consumer,” Miller said.

The direct distribution model is particularly important, Miller explains, as Cannavated begins to distribute its CBD-infused or cannabis beverages. While cannabis is legal in Colorado and several other states, very few distributors are knowledgeable about cannabis and CBD beverages.

The Direct to Consumer model is growing rapidly, and in 2015 comprised 9.4 per cent of the entire retail market in the United States. (“The Rise of the 21st Century Brand Economy,” February, 2018, Interactive Advertising Bureau)

“This is particularly important to us in this very new industry, where we’re still figuring out what consumers really want in a CBD or cannabis infused beverage,” said Miller. “By controlling our own production, our own distribution, and our relationship with the consumer, we can constantly improve our products based on the input from our customers and our retailers, while reducing our cost of managing our inventory.”

The first Koios direct delivery van is already rolling on the streets of Denver today, Miller said, and the Company has also introduced an improved Direct to Customer experience on its online portal at koiosbeveragecorp.com .

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Company
Chris Miller, CEO and Director, KOIOS BEVERAGE CORP.

About Koios Beverage Corp.
The Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Koios, Inc., is an emerging functional beverage company which has an available distribution network of more than 2,000 retail locations across the United States in which to sell its products. Koios has relationships with some of the largest and most reputable distributors in the United States, including Europa Sports, Muscle Foods USA, KeHE, and Wishing-U-Well.  Koios is also the sole owner of Cannavated Beverage Corp., a subsidiary that develops beverage products and formulas for the growing cannabis market. Through its agreement with Keef Brands, the largest producer of cannabis beverages in North America, Cannavated enjoys distribution throughout the State of Colorado and is preparing for distribution in additional US states where cannabis use is legal.

Koios uses a proprietary blend of nootropics and natural organic compounds to enhance human productivity without using harmful chemicals or stimulants.  Koios products can enhance focus, concentration, mental capacity, memory retention, cognitive function, alertness, brain capacity and create all day mental clarity.  Its ingredients are specifically designed to target brain function by increasing blood flow, oxygen levels and neural connections in the brain.

Koios is one of the only drinks in the world to infuse its products with MCT oil.  MCT oil is derived from coconuts and has been shown to help the body burn fat more effectively, create lasting energy from a natural food source, produce ketones in the brain, allowing for greater brain function and clarity, support healthy hormone production and improve immunity. For more information, please visit our website: koiosbeveragecorp.com

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact that address activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this news release include: (i) the statement that the Company plans to market its line of cannabis and CBD-infused beverages through Direct Store Delivery and Direct to Customer sales; (ii) the statement that the Company plans to have a fleet of branded delivery vans inColorado; (iii) the statement that direct shipping methods will lower the Company’s costs and allow the Company to pass those savings on to its customers; (iv) the statement that the direct shipping methods will enable the Company to constantly improve its products; and (v) the statement with respect to the growth of the Direct to Consumer model. The forward-looking statements reflect management’s current expectations based on information currently available and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause outcomes to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the assumptions inherent in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and, accordingly, undue reliance should not be put on such statements due to their inherent uncertainty. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include: (i) adverse market conditions; (ii) changes to the growth and size of the functional beverage market, the cannabis-infused beverage market and the cannabis market generally; (iii) consumer acceptance and adoption of functional beverages and cannabis-infused beverages as compared to other beverages; (iv) changes to the regulations that apply to the Company and licensed producers, cultivators or other regulated cannabis companies; (v) regulatory changes which may impact the functional beverage and cannabis-infused beverage market; and (vi) other factors beyond the control of the Company. The Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

Koios has not conducted any scientific studies on the effects of Koios’ products which have been evaluated by Health Canada or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. As each individual is different, the benefits, if any, of taking Koios’ products will vary from person to person. No claims or guarantees can be made as to the effects of Koios’ products on an individual’s health and wellbeing.

For further information: Paula Arab, 403.889.9128, paula.arab@koiosbeveragecorp.com

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Source: www.newswire.ca

Multi-state cannabis leader highlights events, partnerships, and activities to coincide with Juneteenth holiday

Trulieve Cannabis Corp . (CSE: TRUL) (OTCQX: TCNNF), a leading and top-performing cannabis company in the United States and its dispensary group Solevo Wellness, today announced the sponsorship of expungement clinics in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as well as additional initiatives celebrating the Juneteenth holiday.

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Florida’s legal cannabis program has gained plenty of investor attention as the potential for this segment of the US cannabis market continues to expand.

The US cannabis industry is largely fragmented because the plant remains illegal at the federal level. Despite that obstacle, several states across the country have implemented medical and recreational cannabis legislation allowing for cultivation, processing, commercial sale and consumer use.

While this legislation differs greatly from state to state, one state’s medical cannabis industry has seen unprecedented growth: Florida.

 

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The coastal state’s journey to cannabis legalization has been a challenging one. In 2016, over 70 percent of Floridians voted for a constitutional amendment to allow the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

However, in the 2017 legislation that created the state’s legal medical cannabis framework, then-Governor Rick Scott banned smoking medical cannabis. It wasn’t until March 2019 that Ron DeSantis, the current governor of Florida, lifted the ban on smokable marijuana.

In the face of those challenges, the Sunshine State has developed one of the most attractive medical cannabis markets in the country. In fact, Florida’s medical marijuana space is one of the fastest growing in the country.

Read on to learn more about the investing opportunities in Florida’s legal cannabis space and the top marijuana stocks to look out for.

Florida medical cannabis: High-growth market

Florida’s large population — the third biggest in the US — is a factor in the attractiveness of its cannabis market. The state is also the fourth largest economy in the US with a gross domestic product of just over US$1 billion in 2020.

A 2020 report from Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics shows the US legal cannabis industry is expected to grow by 18.2 percent between 2019 and 2025 to reach US$33.9 billion. Florida ranks among the jurisdictions that will contribute the most to that growth.

“The Total Available Market, or TAM, is one of the most critical factors for any industry,” states Dustin Robinson, founding partner of Mr. Cannabis Law, in an article written for Green Entrepreneur. “Florida’s marijuana industry happens to have one of the strongest TAMs in the world.”

As of a June 2021 update from Florida Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU), the state had 569,450 qualified medical marijuana patients and 2,542 qualified physicians.

Florida’s patient count is a small percentage of its population of 21 million, but it has been steadily growing since the drug was legalized in the state in 2016. In fact, the patient figure has more than doubled in the past two years.

According to Robinson, there are almost 300 retail locations in Florida, with another 500 locations expected by the end of 2022.

Beacon Securities analyst Russell Stanley has said Florida boasts a healthy list of addressable medical conditions that can be treated with cannabis, unlike the medical marijuana programs in other states.

“Some other states have had trouble expanding their programs, in part because it’s been very difficult for patients to get access to product,” Stanley told the Investing News Network. “Other states have had restrictions on which healthcare practitioners can recommend it and what they can recommend it for.”

 

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Florida cannabis market: High barriers to entry

The 2017 Florida medical marijuana law established a cap on the number of medical marijuana dispensaries and required that each center be vertically integrated — they all had to manage their own operations, from cannabis cultivation and processing to distribution and sales.

The cap on the number of dispensaries expired in April 2020. While the vertical integration requirement portion of the law underwent a three year court battle, the Supreme Court of Florida recently upheld the legislation, meaning this requirement will continue to shape the Florida cannabis market for years to come.

During a panel discussion, Steve Hawkins, CEO of Horizons ETFs Management (Canada), said he views vertical integration as one of the key benefits for US companies compared to the Canadian cannabis market. Only players that have been able to develop cannabis production, manufacturing and distribution capabilities can compete in the marketplace.

As of March 2021, the state had 22 licensed medical marijuana treatment centers (MMTCs) and five laboratories licensed for third party testing. The low number of licenses currently awarded creates high entry barriers, which is a big plus for the currently operating companies that have already established a strong foothold in the market.

Robinson believes that “the 22 Licensees are in a great position to build multi-billion-dollar companies in Florida’s growing marijuana industry.”

These 22 established licensees will also have an advantage if and when recreational cannabis becomes legal in the state. “In Florida, the medical marijuana license allows the current MMTCs to build out as big of a footprint as possible in preparation for adult use (recreational) legalization,” he said.

Florida cannabis market: Top Florida cannabis stocks

As the legal cannabis industry grows in Florida, some players have begun to stand out in the state.

Florida native Trulieve Cannabis (CSE:TRUL,OTC Pink:TCNNF) holds the lion’s share of the market and has continually been a top-performing stock in the state.

Trulieve opened Florida’s first medical marijuana dispensary back in 2016, and since then it’s grown into a force in the industry, with a current market capitalization of US$5.52 billion.

As of June 4, 2021, Trulieve had 82 dispensing locations in the state, according to data released by the OMMU. In one week’s time it sold more than 76.5 million milligrams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products and 1.6 million milligrams of cannabidiol (CBD) products, in addition to 32,295 ounces of dried flower.

Shortly after smokable marijuana was legalized, Trulieve began selling flower and was the first in the state to do so. Trulieve has also benefited from a vertically integrated structure that includes cannabis cultivation, production and distribution, which is essential since cannabis cannot be moved across states lines just yet.

Surterra Wellness comes in at a distant second place with 39 dispensing locations and sales of over 22.2 million milligrams of THC products and 1.6 million milligrams of CBD products, in addition to 6,911 ounces of dried flower. Surterra is owned by Parallel, one of the largest privately held multi-state cannabis operators (MSOs) in the country.

 

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Parallel recently announced its intentions to go public through a definitive business combination agreement with Ceres Acquisition (NEO:CERE,OTCQX:CERAF), a special purpose acquisition company.

Another big player in the state is Massachusetts-based Curaleaf Holdings (CSE:CURA,OTCQX:CURLF). Though not native to Florida, Curaleaf’s presence in the state’s cannabis business is substantial. Of the MSO’s total 101 dispensaries, 37 are in Florida, putting it in third place behind Trulieve and Surterra.

The vertically integrated company also launched the state’s first medical cannabis tablets in September 2019, followed by the first sublingual tablets in July 2020.

Curaleaf put up impressive revenue numbers for 2020, reporting retail revenue of US$423.2 million compared to US$138.7 million in 2019. The company attributed the 205 percent increase to new store openings in its operating states, including five opened in Florida in 2020.

Liberty Health Sciences, which was acquired by Ayr Wellness (CSE:AYR.A,OTCQX:AYRWF) in February 2021 in all-stock transaction, also has a considerable stake in Florida. According to the OMMU, Liberty currently has 36 dispensing locations in the state.

Ayr Wellness plans to increase that footprint to 42 dispensaries by the end of 2021, and has a target of roughly US$4 million in annual retail revenues per store for 2022. In May 2021, the company announced the launch of its Origyn premium concentrate line in the state. The product line includes wax, crumble, Rick Simpson oil and shatter. Ayr has also begun construction of a 10 acre outdoor cultivation expected to be completed in Q3 2021.

Florida cannabis market: Investor takeaway

As its medical marijuana industry continues to grow, Florida has a lot to offer in terms of investment opportunities. BDS Analytics projects that Florida’s medical cannabis market will hit US$1.5 billion in sales in 2021, up 53 percent over 2020 sales.

The research firms predicts that recreational cannabis could be legal by 2023, which would set Florida on a path to become the third largest US legal cannabis market by 2026. Regardless of whether adult use gets the green light that soon, investors should still consider the Sunshine State as a premier cannabis jurisdiction.

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Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (CSE: TRUL) (OTCQX: TCNNF) (“Trulieve” or “the Company”), a leading and top-performing cannabis company based in the United States announced today the opening of a new Florida dispensary, the Company’s 90th nationwide.

The latest dispensary, located in the Florida Keys, supports Trulieve’s goal of ensuring medical cannabis patients across Florida have safe, reliable access to the medications they rely on. The Tavernier dispensary joins the nearby Key West dispensary, as well as several others throughout the Miami area.

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