First step towards global distribution
- Strategic partnership for entry into Thailand, the first country to deregulate the use of hemp-derived oils and extracts for consumer-packaged goods
- Partnership serves as beachhead for DWS to gain access to the Asian hemp-infused market which is expected to grow to over $5.8 billion by 2024
- DWS’ initial contribution secures toehold equity stake of 4% in Quad Play with option to acquire control of QP once regulations in Thailand allows for control by foreign companies
- MOU is first step in development and marketing of consumer-packaged goods infused with hemp extracts for the Asian market, including wellness, food, beverage and cosmetics products
Calgary, AB – March 2, 2021 – Discover Wellness Solutions Inc. (CSE: WLNS) (formerly RMMI Corp.) (“Discover Wellness”, “DWS” or the “Company”), a licensed producer and processor under the Cannabis Act (Canada), is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation on Arrangement of Hemp Business in Thailand with Quad Play (“QP”) of Thailand (the “MOU”). Thailand is an attractive market for Discover Wellness as it is the first country globally to deregulate hemp-derived oils and extracts which allows it to be included in consumer product goods. The MOU is the first step in DWS and QP creating a joint business for the development and marketing of consumer-packaged goods infused with hemp extracts for the Asian market, including wellness, food, beverage and cosmetics products.
Under the terms of the MOU QP would import high-potency hemp seeds from DWS for distribution and cultivation in Thailand. QP will become an exclusive supplier of DWS seeds in Thailand. The agreement is subject to an initial trial order of 20,000 seeds. Upon successful completion of the trial order, QP will pre-purchase 200,000 seeds (US$200,000 value) and in return DWS will receive a 4% equity interest in QP. Additionally, DWS has a Right of First Refusal (“ROFR”) to acquire control of QP once regulations in Thailand allows for control by foreign companies.
QP will arrange for cooperation with producers in Thailand of medicine, food and drinks products who wish to incorporate hemp oils and extracts in their products. By this arrangement, DWS can use Thailand as a base for distributing seeds, cultivating and producing DWS’s products for sales in Thailand domestically and internationally.
Effective, January 29, 2021, the Thai government amended its hemp regulations. Under its new definition hemp with <1% THC can now be imported, exported and used for government, industrial, medical and research purposes.
“We view this arrangement as a first step for Discover Wellness’ global distribution strategy into the fast-growing food and beverage markets of Asia, a potential $5.8 billion market by 2024 according to Prohibition Partners. We are excited to be working with QP as our exclusive partner and leverage their deep relationships with traditional consumer packaged goods companies within Thailand and the broader Asian market.” commented Peter Cheung, Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
Key points from the MOU
The QP and DWS have the intention to co-operate and develop Hemp industry in Thailand to become the bio medical hub that produces a variety of hemp products, such as medical, food, beverages, and cosmetic products, for domestic and export to Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (“RCEP”) and global markets.
(1) QP to become the exclusive supplier of DWS seeds in Thailand.
(2) The agreement will be subject to an initial order of 20,000 seeds.
(3) QP to pre-purchase 200,0000 seeds (value of US$200,000) for 4,000 shares in QP that represents a 4% equity interest on a fully diluted basis in QP (“Equity Interest”). The Pre-Purchase and Equity Interest is subject to a successful Trial Order.
(4) After the initial 200,000 seeds, QP to pay on a per seed basis and Discover Wellness has the option to convert those amounts into additional equity of QP to a maximum allowed under foreign ownership rules currently at 33%.
(5) Discover Wellness shall have the ROFR to acquire control of QP once regulations in Thailand allows for control by foreign companies.
QP and DWS are working diligently on completing the detailed implementation plan to be in line with the timeframe agreed and prepare a Joint Venture Agreement. The Company will provide updates from time-to-time in due course.
Quad Play (Thailand) Co. Limited
Quad Play is a Thai registered company with several licensed entities in the cannabis and hemp ecosystem. Quad Play recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Walailak University. Quad Play’s wholly owned subsidiary Jai Sai currently has 2 licensed traditional Thai medical clinics with plans to roll out many more nationwide, they will form one of the main distribution channels for QP and DWS products. Quad Play will become a leader in developing genetics, cultivation, extraction technology, and production of bio medical products, for food, beverage, and health products for domestic market, and ultimately export to Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and global markets.
Discover Wellness Solutions Inc.
Discover Wellness (formerly RMMI Corp.) is a Canadian company licensed, through its subsidiary, to cultivate, produce, process and sell cannabis in various forms. The Company’s vision is to enhance shareholder value by establishing cost leadership in hemp processing and CBD extraction coupled with a global distribution strategy.
More information about WLNS is available online at https://discoverwellness.solutions/
Manish Grigo, Chief Strategy Officer
Peter Cheung, Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
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SOURCE: Discover Wellness Solutions Inc.