Health Canada has granted BevCanna Enterprises Inc. a research license to study the stability and homogeneity of water-soluble cannabinoid infusions in water-based beverages.
The license will enable BevCanna to proceed with research activities that involve direct handling of cannabis such as SOP development, stability testing, sensory evaluation and quality assurance for house brands and white label clients.
Led by Emma Andrews, chief commercialization officer at BevCanna, in conjunction with BevCanna’s Quality Assurance and Production Team, the research will be performed at BevCanna’s 40,000-sq.-ft., 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.
The license also allows BevCanna to test cannabinoid infusion equipment on its bottling line, as well as in a lab environment, optimizing its precise dosing technology as it scales-up toward full commercialization in 2020. Stability trials will also commence on two BevCanna brands intended for commercialization in Canada, Grüv Beverages and Anarchist Mountain Beverages.
“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 North-American consumer research study that indicated current and future 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,” Andrews 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 an industrial hemp cultivation license in June 2019. BevCanna has also applied for a standard processing license from Health Canada.