Aphria doubles cultivation capacity
November 5, 2019 By Aphria (edited)
Aphria has received their cultivation licence from Health Canada for Aphria Diamond, the company’s second Leamington, Ontario-based cannabis greenhouse facility.
This adds another 1,300,000 square feet of production space for the company, with an annual growing capacity of 140,000 kg. Combined with their Aphria One facility and its subsidiary Broken Coast Cannabis, the company now has more than 2,400,000 square feet of cultivation space capable of reaching a total annualized production capacity of 255,000 kg.
“We are extremely pleased to receive the licence for our long-awaited Aphria Diamond facility, which more than doubles our Canadian production capacity,” said Irwin D. Simon, interim CEO of Aphria. “Reaching industry-leading production levels coinciding with the expansion into new categories and new opportunities for cannabis in Canada and around the world is a transformative moment for Aphria Inc.”
Aphria Diamond is a 51%-owned subsidiary of Aphria Inc., through which the company has partnered with Double Diamond, a company with multi-generational expertise in the commercial greenhouse industry, says Aphria. Aphria Diamond is situated on a 100-acre campus with a brand-new greenhouse facility covering 1,300,000 square feet that has been retrofit for the cultivation of cannabis.
Aphria Diamond features the industrial-scale automation technology that is the hallmark of Aphria One’s Part IV and V expansions. The in-house designed automation will handle cultivation functions including transplanting cuttings, transporting plants through harvesting, de-budding and trimming, drying and curing, and waste disposal.
“We believe the introduction of our proprietary automation technology at Aphria Diamond will provide us with the ability to cultivate high-quality cannabis with great efficiency and at an unprecedented scale,” continued Simon. “As we remain focused on sales growth and profitability, this unique advantage is expected to enable Aphria to continue to create long-term value and drive the evolution of the industry through innovation and the development of leading brands.”
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