TORONTO, May 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – SOL Global Investments Corp. (“SOL Global” or the “Company“) (CSE: SOL) (OTCQB: SOLCF) (Frankfurt: 9SB) is pleased to announce that its portfolio company, Heavenly Rx. Ltd. (“Heavenly Rx“), has closed on its US$30.06 million investment in Blühen Botanicals LLC (“Blühen“), an industry-leading hemp and hemp-derived CBD biomass farming, processing, extraction and retail company headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. SOL Global had previously announced the assignment of its rights to acquire Blühen to Heavenly Rx on February 25, 2019. It is expected that Blühen will become Heavenly Rx’s exclusive supplier of bulk hemp-derived CBD distillates and isolate and hemp-based extracts, which will provide Heavenly with a guaranteed source (and vertical integration) of the highest quality ingredients for its burgeoning product offerings at cost-effective pricing, and will also insulate Heavenly from the volatile pricing and quality standards that exist in the hemp biomass wholesale markets.
Blühen also produces its own best-in-class proprietary blend of boutique wellness products at its dedicated pharmaceutical-grade hemp research facility in Knoxville. The company’s products include full spectrum hemp extract tinctures, capsules, creams, 100% THC-free isolates, pet treats, and oils. Blühen has existing farming and distribution partners across the southeastern United States and all finished products will be manufactured in Blühen’s GMP compliant facility.
On May 17, 2019, Blühen opened its 4,086 square-foot flagship retail location in Knoxville, joining Blühen’s three other facilities in the Knoxville area, including Blühen headquarters, a research and development center, and its processing facility. Blühen plans to open another retail location in Fort Lauderdale, Florida later this year. Additionally, Blühen’s Natural Hemp Extract Softgels and Natural Full Spectrum Hemp Extract Oil can be purchased on the company’s website at www.bluhenbotanicals.com. Additional products will be offered for sale though the company’s website in the coming months.
Heavenly Rx acquired 50.1% of the membership interests in Blühen in exchange for US$12.06 million in cash and $18 million in equity consideration in the form of Heavenly Rx stock. Joe Fox, co-founder and CEO of Blühen Botanicals, will join the Heavenly Rx executive team.
“Since its founding, Blühen’s focus on advanced genetics, extensive farming partnerships, and an innovative processing and extraction model has helped shaped it into the visionary market leader in the hemp industry it is today,” said Brady Cobb, CEO of SOL Global. “This investment in Blühen will allow Heavenly Rx to control the quality and pricing of its CBD isolate, the most important ingredient that Heavenly Rx will utilize across all of its consumer product lines.”
Blühen intends to use Heavenly Rx’s investment to expand its research and engineering teams and to focus on the development and expansion of its retail operations and ecommerce sales platforms. The investment will also allow Blühen to scale up its existing high-throughput processing and extraction capabilities to meet the growing demand in the U.S. marketplace, and further expand its already robust network of expert farmers across the states of Tennessee and Kentucky.
SOL Global is an international investment company with a focus on, but not limited to, cannabis and cannabis related companies in legal U.S. states, the hemp and CBD marketplaces and the emerging European cannabis and hemp marketplaces. Its strategic investments and partnerships across cultivation, distribution and retail complement the company’s R&D program with the University of Miami. It is this comprehensive approach that is positioning SOL Global as a future frontrunner in the United States’ medical cannabis industry.
Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Blühen Botanicals is a hemp biomass processing and extraction company with farming and distribution partners across the United States. With a dedicated, pharmaceutical grade hemp research facility, Blühen works with manufacturers to produce custom formulations for its own blend of boutique wellness products such as full spectrum hemp extract oils, softgels, creams, and pet treats and oils. The company employs expert entomologists, plant pathologists, agronomists, chemists, and engineers. Learn more at www.bluhenbotanicals.com.
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