CannTrust sets sights on third phase
April 8, 2019 By CannTrust (edited)
With the last 20 per cent of its phase 2 expansion now approved, CannTrust’s entire Pelham facility of 450,000 sq. ft. is now licenced.
“We have always been confident that our processes meet and exceed regulatory standards, and we now have further validation of this from our regulators,” said Peter Aceto, chief executive officer. “With this approval, CannTrust is set to meet its plan to reach 50,000 kg of annualized capacity at the perpetual harvest greenhouse and continue providing award-winning products in a cost-effective manner.”
CannTrust’s expects this last part of the Phase 2 expansion to be operating at full capacity by the end of the second quarter this year.
Pending Health Canada’s approval, the company anticipates planting on its previously announced outdoor land acquisition of 81 acres in Q2 in British Columbia, and expects to realize a yield of approximately 1,000 kg per acre in 2019. Total 2019 production from this harvest is expected to be approximately 75,000 kg.
With an additional 200 acres of land under letter of intent anticipated to be secured in the near term, the Company’s outdoor cultivation operation is expected to total between 100,000 kg to 200,000 kg of production in the second half of 2020. Production from outdoor cultivation will primarily be used for extraction purposes for products that anticipate will be permitted based on proposed regulations for additional cannabis products, which include edibles and inhaled extract products.
The Company’s phase 3 expansion of a 390,000 sq. ft. facility in Pelham is expected to add a further 50,000 kg of production capacity beginning in the second half of 2020. Phase 3 includes productivity and automation enhancements over phases 1 and 2. Production from the phase 3 expansion is also subject to Health Canada approval.
CannTrust’s combined cultivation operations are expected to reach a total annualized capacity of 200,000 kg to 300,000 kg in the second half of 2020.
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