The Flowr Corporation (CVE:FLWR) (OCTMKTS:FLWPF) revealed Monday that it has received approval from Health Canada to open 10 additional grow rooms at its flagship Kelowna 1 cultivation facility in the fertile Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, which is now fully operational.
In a statement, the Toronto-headquartered cannabis firm said this brings the total to 20, doubling the company’s capacity to grow premium, indoor flower at the facility. The newly licensed area also includes automated packaging equipment to reduce labor costs and the cost of goods sold, noted the company.
This is the final approval required for full operation of the facility.
With the green light from Health Canada, the company plans to immediately begin phasing in the propagation of the additional grow rooms.
The Kelowna facility is more than just an indoor cultivation centre. Its current operation stands at 32,000 square feet with a 17,000 square foot canopy. When fully operational, the anticipated 85,000 square feet facility is expected to produce around 10,200 kilograms of bud.
“The full licensing of Kelowna 1 is a major milestone for Flowr. For the first time since we broke ground on the facility, we won’t be operating out of a construction site,” said Flowr CEO Vinay Tolia in a statement.
“We continue to see growing demand for our premium cannabis products led by our flagship strain, Pink Kush. Furthermore, we expect to see an improvement in operating efficiency as we reach scale coupled with the commissioning of our automated packaging line,” he added.
The company said it employs proprietary systems to create “a highly controlled growing environment” that will enable it to produce a large portion of premium cannabis “without requiring irradiation” to meet Health Canada standards.
Toronto-based Flowr Corp has cannabis operations in Canada, Europe, and Australia. Its Canadian campus in Kelowna, British Columbia includes a GMP-designed indoor cultivation facility; an outdoor and greenhouse cultivation site; and an R&D facility which is under construction.
The firm builds and operates large-scale, GMP-designed facilities that utilize proprietary growing methods to produce high-quality cannabis for recreational and medicinal use.
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