A recent, independent study by Neptune Wellness shows bipartisan support for legalization
LAVAL, QC, Sept. 30, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - Neptune Wellness Solutions, Inc. ("Neptune" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: NEPT) (TSX: NEPT), a diversified and fully integrated health and wellness company focused on natural, plant-based, sustainable, and purpose-driven lifestyle brands, plans to expand its line of cannabis consumer product goods readying itself for expansion into the United States based on the results of an independent recent survey commissioned by the Company.
OnePoll conducted a study, on behalf of Neptune Wellness Solutions, which found bipartisan support for legalization.
- 71% of Democrats and 67% of Republicans agreed that federal restrictions on marijuana should end and that cannabis should be legalized;
- 67% of Democrats and 62% of Republicans are more likely to vote for candidates with positive voting records on marijuana legislation; and
- 60% of both Democrats and Republicans state that a candidate's stance on cannabis is one of the issues they look for when they vote.
"Our consumer and hemp-based products already sell across North America," said Chief Executive Officer Michael Cammarata. "As more clarity develops around cannabis regulations and countries move toward legalization, we can quickly scale our brands to introduce additional cannabis products to complement our hemp and essential oil lines."
Cammarata continued, "We see the opportunity to take cannabis beyond recreational consumption. With cannabinoids' antifungal, antibacterial and moisturizing properties, we can revolutionize products from toothpaste to deodorants, to hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes. Cannabinoids and plant-based ingredients are CPG's future, and innovative partnerships and product development put us at the forefront."
In preparation for potential nationwide U.S. legalization, if a bill passes in the House and Senate, Neptune is proactively preparing for mass distribution into new markets.
A proven model for potential growth is Neptune's Mood Ring, which is being launched in select Canadian markets this fall to meet consumer demand for high-quality, affordable, and environmentally friendly cannabis products.
The Mood Ring line leverages Neptune's decades of experience in the wellness, extraction, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries to bring product offerings to markets that are designed to meet the specific demands of Canadian consumers. Mood Ring CBD products primarily target wellness-focused consumers looking for natural products, whereas Mood Ring THC focuses on the recreational market.
Mood Ring products will use Neptune's proprietary cold ethanol extraction process technology to create full-spectrum extracts for the Company's tincture and capsule products and newly implemented solventless extraction for THC concentrates. These processes allow Mood Ring products to provide consumers with all of the cannabinoid and terpene benefits of the plant with a significantly lower environmental impact, requiring significantly less energy use when compared to CO2 extraction.
"To keep up with this rising market demand we're constantly developing, honing, and refining industry-leading offerings in the cannabis sector," said Mr. Cammarata. "Over time, this will mean adding a much wider breadth of SKUs. Keeping consumers at the heart of every decision maintains that competitive advantage and builds a strong brand that connects with consumers."
Cammarata added, "Through data mining and the application of our finely tuned inventory management system, we customize offerings to satisfy the specific trends that population demands. For example, we take heed of recent research that informs us that 94% of Gen Z believes that companies should address urgent social and environmental issues;1 that, according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, 80% of baby boomers use supplements;2 and reports that show products marketed as sustainable grew 5.6 times faster than those that were not."3
About Neptune Wellness Solutions, Inc.:
Neptune Wellness Solutions is a diversified and fully integrated health and wellness company. With a mission to redefine health and wellness, Neptune is focused on building a broad portfolio of high-quality and affordable consumer products in response to long-term secular trends and market demand for plant-based, sustainable, and purpose-driven lifestyle brands. The Company utilizes a highly flexible, cost-efficient manufacturing and supply chain infrastructure that can be scaled up and down or into adjacent product categories to identify innovation opportunities, quickly adapt to consumer preferences and demand, and bring new products to market through its mass retail partners and e-commerce channels. Leveraging decades of expertise in extraction and product formulation, Neptune is a leading provider of turnkey product development and supply chain solutions to business customers across several health and wellness verticals, including legal cannabis and hemp, nutraceuticals, and white label consumer packaged goods. The Company has a strong position in cannabis and hemp research, development, and commercialization focused on the use of cannabinoids in household products to make them safer, healthier, and more effective. Neptune's corporate headquarters is located in Laval, Quebec, with a 50,000-square-foot production facility located in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and a 24,000-square-foot facility located in North Carolina. For additional information, please visit: https://neptunecorp.com/.
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