BevCanna Enterprises Inc (CSE:BEV) (OTCMKTS:BVNNF) announced Tuesday that Health Canada has granted it a research license to examine stability and homogeneity of water-soluble cannabinoid infusions in water-based beverages.
The license will enable BevCanna to move ahead with research activities that involve direct handling of cannabis such as the development of standard operating procedures, stability testing, sensory evaluation and quality assurance for house brands and white-label clients, the company said in a statement.
The Vancouver-based company also will test cannabinoid-infusion equipment on their bottling line, as well as in a lab environment, optimizing their precise dosing technology as it scales-up towards full commercialization in 2020.
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Stability trials will also start at BevCanna’s two recently announced brands intended for commercialization in Canada — Grüv Beverages and Anarchist Mountain Beverages.
The research will be performed at BevCanna’s 40,000 square-foot HACCP certified bottling facility near Bridesville, British Columbia. The site includes access to a pristine spring water aquifer that will be used as the infusion medium for the initial line of beverages to be produced at the site.
Emma Andrews, the company’s chief commercialization officer, will head the research effort in conjunction with BevCanna’s quality assurance and production team.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to expand our product development and innovation efforts to now validate concepts using cannabinoids infused in our own premium spring water,” Andrews said.
BevCanna recently conducted a study that indicated current and future North American consumers are most interested in water-based cannabis-infused beverages such as iced tea.
“Our pristine alkaline spring water aquifer is the ideal source to create these beverages," she said. “We have unmatched assets and expertise on our team that will allow us to achieve a speed to market advantage, and develop products that truly resonate with consumers."
The research license is the second license granted to BevCanna, following the award of a industrial hemp cultivation license in June. BevCanna has also applied for a standard processing license from Health Canada.
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