MEDFORD, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Grown Rogue International Inc. (“Grown Rogue” or the “Company”) (CSE: GRIN) (OTC: GRUSF), a multi-state cannabis company with operations and assets in Oregon, California and Michigan, today announced successful completion of $250,000 USD of initial improvements at Golden Harvests, LLC’s (Golden Harvests”) facility that have increased flowering capacity by nearly 30% and increased product quality in Michigan. The improvements come less than three months after the Company’s majority owned subsidiary GR Michigan, LLC (“GR Michigan”) entered into an agreement to acquire a 60% controlling interest in Golden Harvests pending Municipal and State regulatory approval. Golden Harvests is a fully licensed Michigan based cannabis operator with an approximately 80,000 sq. ft cultivation facility located in Bay City, Michigan.
In addition to adding a new flower room and increasing its flowering capacity, Grown Rogue has helped deliver improvements to existing flower rooms by adding lights, introducing rolling benches, irrigation and environmental controls with the view of increasing efficiency and profitability. Other notable completed improvements include the construction of dedicated drying, curing, trimming and packaging areas along with adding automated fertigation systems—delivering steady water and nutrients to crops with more efficiency—throughout the facility. These improvements and additions, combined with the relocation of one of Grown Rogue’s most experienced growers to Bay City, will assist Golden Harvests in meeting its forecasted 2020 production of 1,500 lbs. of flower, which is a five-times increase versus the 300 lbs. produced in 2019.
The implementation of Grown Rogue SOPs at the Golden Harvests facility, as part of the management services agreement, is already leading to improvements in plant health and higher THC potency with various cultivars, such as Gelato Punch, improving by over 10 percentage points over the past three months.
“We could not be more excited about the rapid progress that has been made at the Bay City facility, “ said Obie Strickler, Grown Rogue CEO, “Over the past three months we have increased capacity, upgraded design elements to meet Grown Rogue standards resulting in improvements of overall health and quality of our flower which has been validated through test results, sale prices and positive retail feedback.”
Golden Harvests remain focused on obtaining a sufficient number of medical and recreational licenses to scale the business. Through these efforts, Golden Harvests has acquired a second medical marijuana license, which now doubles the facility’s allowable plant count to 3,000, and an Adult Use License has also been submitted with expected approval by end of June, pending any potential delays due to Covid-19.
With the cannabis industry granted essential status in Oregon and Michigan during the Covid-19 pandemic, Grown Rogue has continued its operations and followed all state and local guidelines. Strong demand for flower in both Oregon and Michigan from February through April has resulted in consistent sell through at the retail level with an average indoor price in Michigan of approximately $3,100 per lb. and in Oregon $1,100 per lb. for indoor and $700 for sungrown flower.
“Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic Grown Rogue has placed the health and safety of our team and partners first,” said Strickler. “We’re fortunate, in such difficult times, to continue providing jobs and products for our communities and are proud of our multi-state team for their commitment to our company and efforts during these unprecedented times.”
In its home state of Oregon, Grown Rogue’s sales have continued to build year-over-year as the company benefits from both an increase in cannabis sales across the state and a continued consumer shift to flower from other means of consumption that became evident in January and continues to trend monthly. Prices of sungrown flower have nearly doubled in Oregon from H1 2019 to H2 2020 with indoor seeing a healthy increase of 10%. The combination of increased prices and sales, along with improved SOPs across the supply chain, are driving steady revenue and profitability growth.
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About Grown Rogue
Grown Rogue International (CSE: GRIN | OTC: GRUSF) is a vertically integrated, multi‐state Cannabis brand on a mission to inspire consumers to “enhance experiences” through cannabis. We have combined an expert management team, award winning cultivation team, state of the art indoor and outdoor manufacturing facilities, and consumer insight based product categorization, to create innovative products thoughtfully curated from “seed to experience”. The Grown Rogue family of products includes sungrown and indoor premium flower and patented nitrogen sealed pre‐rolls and jars.
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