Headquartered in British Columbia’s picturesque Okanagan Valley, Hiku Brands Co. Ltd. (CSE: HIKU) (OTC: DJACF) is a premium cannabis lifestyle brand growing high-quality handcrafted cannabis flower. Hiku’s wholly owned subsidiary is a licensed producer of cannabis under the ACMPR that has requested its Pre-Sales License Inspection, the last step prior to receiving a license to sell cannabis under the ACMPR. Hiku’s Dominion Facility is a state-of-the-art ACMPR licensed production facility capable of producing approximately 660 kg year of dried cannabis flower. Hiku’s second facility, a 22,580 sq ft warehouse, “the FUTURE LAB”, is targeting its Phase 1 completion by Q2 2018 and once the facility is fully built-out utilizing an industry leading multi-tier system powered by LED lighting provided by Fluence BioEngineering, Hiku’s annual production capacity is expected to be in excess of 5,000 kgs. Hiku was founded by the proven entrepreneurial team that started SAXX Underwear®.
Famous as the “Napa of the North,” Kelowna and its rapidly growing tourism industry accounted for 1.9 million visitors in 2106. DOJA co-founder and CEO Trent Kitsch said the company’s phase 1 facility – a 7,100 square foot building in West Kelowna – houses three grow rooms, each capable of producing 660 kilograms of marijuana per year. The grow rooms are outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment engineered specifically for indoor cannabis cultivation.
On December 21, 2017, Hiku and TS Brandco Holdings Inc. (“Tokyo Smoke”) announced that they have entered into a binding Letter of Intent (“LOI”) to merger the two companies and create a uniquely positioned cannabis company combining a best-in-class craft cannabis producer with an award-winning lifestyle brand and retail-focused cannabis company. It is anticipated that the combined company resulting from the merger will use the name “Hiku Brands Company Ltd.” (“Hiku”) to refer to the brand house containing premium cannabis brands DOJA, Tokyo Smoke, and Van der Pop.
Hiku recently closed on a $10 million strategic equity investment from Aphria Inc. (“Aphria”) (TSX:APH and US OTC: APHQF) to expand their product offering ahead of the recreational market.
Upon completion of the merger, Hiku will have a robust cash position of approximately $31 million, which it plans to invest in expanding its cannabis production capacity, growing its retail footprint, and adding select brands to its portfolio through highly strategic and complementary acquisitions.
About Tokyo Smoke
Founded in 2015 by Alan and Lorne Gertner, Tokyo Smoke is an award-winning cannabis lifestyle brand that brings sophistication and design to the fast-growing industry. With immersive experiences and design-first, non-dispensary retail spaces selling coffee, cannabis accessories and design products, the brand has six locations in Canada, with plans to expand nationwide. Recently named “Brand of the Year” at the Canadian Cannabis Awards, Tokyo Smoke has showcased excellence in brand storytelling, and has developed an international reputation as the go-to destination for engaging content offerings within the industry. With the acquisition of fellow designer cannabis brand Van der Pop, and by partnering with Aphria Inc. (TSX: APH and US OTC: APHQF) and WeedMD (TSXV: WMD), Tokyo Smoke continues to be the leading Canadian brand in the cannabis space.
Hiku is focused on handcrafted cannabis production, immersive retail experiences, and building a portfolio of iconic, engaging cannabis lifestyle brands. Hiku is differentiated as the only Canadian craft cannabis producer with a significant national retail footprint and a growing brand house including premium cannabis lifestyle brands DOJA, Tokyo Smoke, and Van der Pop.
Hiku’s wholly owned subsidiary, DOJA Cannabis Ltd., is a federally licensed producer pursuant to the ACMPR, owning two production facilities in the heart of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. The company operates a network of retail stores selling coffee, clothing and curated accessories, across British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.
- Premium cannabis lifestyle brand founded by team that started SAXX Underwear®
- One of only 26 Health Canada licensed cannabis production facilities
- Canada’s recreational marijuana market estimated at up to $8.7 billion
- Initial cannabis harvests are complete; awaiting Health Canada pre-sales inspection