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StaffStaffApril 3, 2020
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Executive Spotlight: Chef Lauren Gockley, Director of Edibles, Coda Signature

Title: Director of Edibles

Company: Coda Signature

Years at current company: Five years—I was one of the original founders when we started Coda Signature in 2015.

Education profile: I’m a classically trained chocolatier. I completed my studies in France at L’Ecole du Grand Chocolat in Tain-l’Hermitage, home of the Valrhona Chocolate Company.

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis: I worked my way up in the culinary world for a decade, including upscale restaurants such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Bank in Houston and Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York. Along the way, I developed a fascination for the potential of chocolate as a superfood—and also how it influences our psyches. It has a powerful ability to transport you to moments of nostalgia, to communicate love, to get you through tough times. I’m proud of the fact that I have been named one of Dessert Professional’s Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America and have gained so much knowledge about natural cacao while working as a raw, vegan chocolatier.

Company Mission: Coda Signature seeks to elevate the sensory experience of cannabis the way music elevates life. Inspired by both classical music and classical confections, Coda Signature creates cannabis-infused products full of imagination. The company has established itself as a leading luxury brand with products featuring bold flavor combinations and top-quality, natural ingredients.

Company’s most successful achievement: We have created a new standard for affordable indulgence in cannabis. Since we launched our original line of hand-painted truffles in 2016, we’ve defied industry norms, both in cannabis and in the mainstream culinary world. At a time when the rest of the industry was taking a formulaic approach to edibles, we were looking for ways to do it differently, experimenting with unexpected flavor combinations and beautiful designs. Now we’re seeing competitors out there bringing new flavors and inventive products, and we hope we’ve inspired the industry as a whole to move forward.

We don’t rest on our laurels, though. My goal is always to find new ways to innovate, whether expanding our medical product portfolio or breathing new life into the infused gummy. When developing products, I aim to create a moment in time. When someone tries a Coda Signature Coffee & Doughnuts chocolate bar, I want them to feel that perfect relaxing moment of a morning coffee break. When someone tastes a Coconut & Lime Fruit Note, I want them to get an immediate beachy, tropical vibe. We infuse our creations with emotion and excitement as much as we infuse them with cannabis.

Has the company raised any capital (yes or no)?: Last year we raised $24.4 million in a  Series A funding round.

Any plans on raising capital in the future? Yes, we are looking to expand our operations to other markets in North America.

Most important company 5-year goal: As consumer tastes change and the culinary world evolves, Coda Signature will be pushing those trends forward in the cannabis world. For instance, we’re seeing demand for more wellness-conscious products, which is why we developed vegan, gluten-free Fruit Notes gummies—more to come there.

We’ll also be prioritizing market expansion. In five years, our hope is that customers across the nation will continue to find their moments of indulgence. Everyone who wants a quality cannabis consumption experience should be able to access it, and with each new market and product offering, we get closer to that goal.


William SumnerWilliam SumnerJune 12, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for June 12, 2019.

On the Site

Oregon House Passes Cannabis “Export” Bill

In a bi-partisan vote of 42-17 on Tuesday, the Oregon House passed a historic measure that will allow Oregon’s Governor to enter into agreements with other consenting states to allow for the legal export of cannabis between state markets.  Governor Brown is expected to sign the bill.

MJ Freeway

Seed-to-sale cannabis software company MJ Freeway and MTech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: MTEC) agreed to issue and sell an additional 215,475 shares of Class A common stock at $10.21 per share as part of its previously announced private placement in a deal valued at $2.2 million. The company is expected to go public within months.

Coda Signature

Luxury cannabis brand Coda Signature California closed on a $24.4 million round of Series A funding. Altum Investments is the parent company of The Grow Foundry California, which goes by the name of Coda. The company said that the funds will be used to accelerate expansion into emerging North American markets for Coda Signature-branded premium cannabis-infused edibles, topicals and concentrates. In addition to that, the money will also be used for strategic additions to the management team.

In Other News

Willow Industries

Willow Industries announced that it has raised $2 million in venture funding. The fund raise was co-led by AFI Capital Partners and Welcan Capital and were joined by Halley Venture Partners and Flatiron Venture Partners. Willow Industries is a technology company that specializes in hemp and cannabis decontamination without compromising the integrity of the flower. “The support we received in this financing round from our investors substantiates the value that Willow provides to cannabis cultivators around the country,” said Jill Ellsworth, Willow’s Founder and CEO. “This investment allows us to maintain our position as the leader in what we’re passionate about: consumer safety and helping cultivators across the country sell high-quality, clean, safe cannabis.”

Neptune Wellness Solutions

Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: NEPT) (TSX: NEPT) announced the release of its financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ending on March 31, 2019. Year-over-year evenue for the quarter declined from $7 million to $5.8 million. Net loss for the quarter increased from a loss of $4.8 million to a net loss of $12.4 million. The net loss for the fiscal year was $23.2 million, down considerably from a net income of $20 million in the previous year. Despite the loss, management remains positive in the company’s outlook for the coming fiscal year. “With the largest extraction facility in Canada, with a licence, and a transaction pending for a second facility in the United States, multiple supply partnerships now in hand, and solid and growing relationships with new clients, we are on our way to realizing our objective to become the global leader in cannabis extraction,” said Jim Hamilton, CEO of Neptune.

MediaJel

The cannabis advertising and marketing firm MediaJel announced that it has acquired Potnt Agency, a hemp and cannabis-focused public relations agency. Under the agreement, Potnt CEO Jennifer Price will stay on as MediaJel’s Vice President of Communications. “Public relations is one of the most relevant communications disciplines for the feverishly evolving cannabis industry. The old narrative needs to be changed. Today’s market is fully different, and successful communications embracing this market is, to say the least, quite complicated at the local level,” said Thomas Harrison, Chairman of the Board, MediaJel.

 


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtJune 12, 2019
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Luxury cannabis brand Coda Signature California closed on a $24.4 million round of Series A funding. Altum Investments is the parent company of The Grow Foundry California, which goes by the name of Coda. The company said that the funds will be used to accelerate expansion into emerging North American markets for Coda Signature-branded premium cannabis-infused edibles, topicals and concentrates. In addition to that, the money will also be used for strategic additions to the management team.

“The support we have received from the investment community is a testament to the strength of the Coda Signature brand,” said Mark Grindeland, Co-Founder, and CEO of Coda Signature, as well as Co-Founder of Altum Investments. “With the upcoming launch in California and new product innovations in edibles, topicals and concentrates on their way, it’s a perfect time to target expansion in new regions.”

Coda Signature was launched in Colorado in March 2016 and since then the company has gone on to receive 17 industry awards, gained No. 1-ranking market share in Colorado for adult-use edibles, according to market-research firm BDS Analytics, and has been recognized by MG Retailer as one of the top 50 places to work in cannabis. The products are available in over 600 dispensaries in Colorado.

As part of the expansion plans, Coda Signature California will launch operations in July from a 20,000 square-foot facility in Oakland with plans to add more than 50 jobs through the end of 2019. Coda Signature is currently licensed in California and Colorado. 

Coda Signature worked with Granite Hall Partners as the lead investor and syndicated the round with additional investment from leading firms in the cannabis industry Gotham Green Partners, MAZAKALI and Salveo Capital.  

J. Patrick Barry, Chief Investment Officer of Granite Hall Partners, the lead investor group on the raise said, “The Coda team is truly exceptional and they have constructed a terrific brand, product line, facilities and reputation in the industry.”

“Coda Signature has proven incredibly successful at navigating the Colorado cannabis landscape,” added Sumit Mehta, CEO of MAZAKALI. “Their prospects for meaningful market share capture in California are supported by a high-caliber team, manufacturing excellence, production scalability, and quality reputation. We look forward to their continued success.”



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