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Alberta chocolatier acquires licence for infused confectionaries


January 14, 2020
By Grow Opportunity staff

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Choklat Inc. announced its new line of infused products on Jan. 14 after receiving its processing licence from Health Canada. (Photo credit: Choklat Inc. via Instagram)Choklat Inc. announced its new line of infused products on Jan. 14 after receiving its processing licence from Health Canada. (Photo credit: Choklat Inc. via Instagram)

Alberta-based artisan chocolate maker, Choklat Inc., has received a processing licence to produce a line of infused chocolate bars, drink mixes and infused sugar.

Choklat CEO Brad Churchill said the company has been developing recipes for the product line for two years and is looking to bring products to retail shelves in March, allowing for the Health Canada notice period.

“Receiving the processing license from Health Canada is a significant achievement and milestone,” said Churchill in a statement on Jan. 14. “We look forward to introducing our cannabis-infused product line, products with a pure chocolatey taste with no aftertaste, across Canada leveraging the extensive B2B sales channels that CannMart Inc. has built. Our high-quality cannabis-infused bars and beverages will be based on our own chocolate recipe made from a special cocoa bean sourced from the jungles of South America.”

Founded in 2008, Choklat is one of the first craft chocolate manufacturers to be established in Western Canada. It imports premium cocoa beans from around the world which is then processed by expert chocolatiers in its Calgary facility. Choklat products are available in more than 150 retail outlets across the country, including Safeway and Sobeys stores in Western Canada. Choklat’s non-infused chocolate bars are also available in some stores in the United States.

The announcement was made by cannabis eCommerce company, Namaste Technologies Inc., which holds 49 per cent equity position in the company.

“We believe there is pent up demand for cannabis-infused edible products on a national scale,” said Namaste Technologies CEO Meni Morin. “We invested in Choklat not only to maximize the significant market opportunity for cannabis-infused edibles but also because we see Brad as a true craftsman in his trade and the quality of his products speak for themselves.”