The Company Continues to Expand Organically in Strategic International Markets
CALGARY, March 9, 2022 /CNW/ – High Tide Inc. (“High Tide” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: HITI) (TSXV: HITI) (FSE: 2LYA), a leading retail-focused cannabis company with bricks-and-mortar as well as global e-commerce assets, announced today that its U.K. based subsidiary Blessed CBD has entered the German market with online sales of its full spectrum CBD oils, gummies, capsules, creams and balms via its official website at www.BlessedCBD.de. Additional CBD product categories will be introduced for sale in the German market in the coming months. Fulfillment will be facilitated through High Tide’s existing Amsterdam based warehouse.
The largest CBD market in Europe, Germany is poised to experience a significant increase in demand for CBD products in the coming years. The growth in demand for high quality CBD products is an international phenomenon, with Fortune Business Insights projecting global demand to reach US$56 billion by 2028, equating to a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 47%.
“Today’s news gives us a foothold in Germany which is poised to make up half of the E.U. cannabis market by 2024, according to Prohibition Partners. The move into Germany is part of our ongoing strategy to diversify our revenue base by identifying strategic opportunities and filling gaps in international cannabis markets through the organic expansion of our brands and products,” said Raj Grover, President and Chief Executive Officer of High Tide. “Our unique and diversified ecosystem allows High Tide to drive revenue, EBITDA growth and market share gains internationally, today, without having to rely on the potential of federal cannabis legalization in the U.S. Our CBD business lines provide us with high margin sales opportunities which allow us to further expand market share in our core business of bricks and mortar cannabis sales by enhancing our consolidated margin profile,” added Mr. Grover.
“With all of the recent cannabis-related developments in Germany, I’m thrilled about Blessed CBD’s launch in Europe’s largest cannabis market. As promised, this is the first phase of our blueprint to take Blessed CBD to emerging new international markets, and to truly create a globally recognised CBD powerhouse,” said Vithurs (V) Thiru, Founder of Blessed CBD. “As part of our 2022 expansion plans, and by leveraging High Tide’s cross-platform synergies, Blessed CBD will also be accelerating growth in additional key markets such as the USA and other European countries. This is going to be an exciting year at High Tide,” added Mr. Thiru.
ABOUT HIGH TIDE
High Tide is a leading retail-focused cannabis company with bricks and mortar as well as global e-commerce assets. The Company is the largest Canadian retailer of recreational cannabis as measured by revenue, with 113 current locations spanning Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. High Tide was featured in the third annual Report on Business Magazine’s ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies in 2021, and was named as one of the top 10 performing diversified industries stocks in the 2022 TSX Venture 50™. The Company is also North America’s first and only cannabis discount club retailer, featuring Canna Cabana, Meta Cannabis Co., and Meta Cannabis Supply Co. banners, with additional locations under development across the country. High Tide’s portfolio also includes retail kiosk and smart locker technology – Fastendr™. High Tide has been serving consumers for over a decade through its established e-commerce platforms including Grasscity.com, Smokecartel.com, Dailyhighclub.com, and Dankstop.com and more recently in the hemp-derived CBD space through Nuleafnaturals.com, FABCBD.com, and BlessedCBD.co.uk, as well as its wholesale distribution division under Valiant Distribution, including the licensed entertainment product manufacturer Famous Brandz. High Tide’s strategy as a parent company is to extend and strengthen its integrated value chain, while providing a complete customer experience and maximizing shareholder value.
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ABOUT BLESSED CBD
Enigmaa Ltd., operating as Blessed CBD is one of the leading online retailers of hemp-derived CBD products in the U.K. The company provides a hemp-derived CBD marketplace with a wide variety of high-quality products and formulas, affordable pricing, rapid dependable shipping, and surprisingly personable customer service. Blessed CBD has been featured as the best UK CBD brand in several publications including The Mirror, Reader’s Digest, and Maxim Magazine.
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Such forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that may prove to be incorrect, including but not limited to the ability of High Tide to execute on its business plan and that High Tide will receive one or multiple licenses from Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis, British Columbia’s Liquor Distribution Branch, Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority of Manitoba, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario or the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority permitting it to carry on its Canna Cabana Inc. business. High Tide considers these assumptions to be reasonable in the circumstances. However, there can be no assurance that any one or more of the government, industry, market, operational or financial targets as set out herein will be achieved. Inherent in the forward-looking statements are known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results, to differ materially from any results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
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