Sunniva Inc. received final approval to begin building a 489,000 square-foot medical cannabis cultivation and production facility in Cathedral City, California before the end of 2018.
Founded in 2014 in British Columbia, Canada, Sunniva is a vertically integrated medical cannabis company with a mission to deliver safe, affordable, high-quality products and services at scale. Sunniva will be focusing on cultivation, production, and distribution targeting two of the most significant medical cannabis markets: Canada and California.
Currently, they have four subsidiaries:
CP Logistics, LLC (“CPL”) – CP Logistics, LLC will be developing the Sunniva Campus, a state-of-the-art, purpose-built greenhouse facility in Cathedral City, California. * All products will be produced free from pesticides used in today’s industry
Sunniva Medical Inc. (“SMI”) – Sunniva Medical Inc. is currently in the review stage under Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). Sunniva Medical is designing the Canadian Sunniva Campus, a purpose-built greenhouse facility, located in Oliver, British Columbia.
Natural Health Services Ltd. (“NHS”) – Natural Health Services owns and operates a network of medical clinics in Canada specializing in medical cannabis under ACMPR.
Full Scale Distributors, LLC (“FSD”) – Full-Scale Distributors and Vapor Connoisseur, a brand from FSD, provides custom, private-label vaporizers. They currently serve over 80 brands in the North American Marketplace.
The Final Approval
Following the unanimous approval by the city’s Planning Commission, the Sunniva Campus, received a Conditional Use Permit clearing the path for the 489,000 square-foot medical cannabis cultivation and production facility. Breaking ground before the end of 2017, Sunniva Campus will be completed over the next three years. Plans are underway for the groundbreaking for Phase I of the facility.
What is the Sunniva Campus?
Sunniva Campus is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built greenhouse facility in Cathedral City, California. The Campus has been designed to comply with cGMP* (Current Good Manufacturing Process) standards and has two Phases.
Phase I: They will build a greenhouse that is 246,000 square feet with 78,000 square feet of header house and breezeway for a total of 324,000 square feet. This buildout along is expected to produce 81,000kg per year of cannabis and approximately 50% of the initial production is going to be converted to cannabis extracts.
Phase II: They will increase the greenhouse by 180,000 square feet. Within this kind of increase, production is estimated to grow to 45,000kg per year.
By using proven advanced technologies, they will deploy custom, automated assembly lines for cultivation processes. By incorporating this technology, they will dramatically reduce labor costs.
Reduction of a global footprint
According to a 2011 study, indoor cannabis production (versus purpose-built greenhouse cultivation) consumes 1% of the United States’ total electricity, equivalent to power 2 million U.S. homes per year. The team behind Sunniva wants to makes sure they reduce their carbon footprint, and by leading by example, we believe this will be an excellent reminder for other companies to implement also.
Nature’s Secret Ingredient
One of Sunniva’s best practices is the belief that sun-grown, solar-powered cultivation is the most sustainable way to grow and there are two significant benefits.
Did you know that cannabis has a defense mechanism against sun exposure? Cannabinoids create a protection almost like a sunblock and the more intense natural sunlight, the more cannabinoids. Research has shown that cannabinoid production increases and terpene profiles are improved when plants are exposed to full-spectrum sunlight, leading to more complex and flavorful flowers.
When it comes down to energy savings, it is expected to be just as impressive. An equivalent indoor grow operation would require a lighting array of approximately seven thousand 1000w light bulbs; this would not only drain the energy grid but also be harmful to the environment—indoor grow-light bulbs can contain up to 30mgs of toxic mercury.
Never Waste A Drop
Sunniva implements an advanced ultra-efficient hydroponic grow system that will use a recycled water system to conserve as much water a possible, which helps maximize the plant yield. Along with providing a thorough root aeration and precise nutrient delivery. This method is expected to conserve millions of gallons of water a year and will require 15% less fertilizer.
Fun Fact: Sunniva has found a creative way to dispose of hydroponic wastewater properly. They will build a neighborhood dog park, alongside their property, and they will repurpose the hydroponic wastewater to water the lawn for this dog park. This green space will not only provide the community to come together but will also use nature to phytoremediate the nutrient-rich water before it finds its way back to natural water bodies.
Keeping It Clean
Sunniva commits to providing their customers with pure and clean products. With an Integrated Pest Management System, they expect to ensure that every plant they grow is certified clean and free of all contaminants and pesticides.
They also will provide automated mobile benches and will incorporate daily processes to wash production areas and the sanitization of growing bays. These methods will reduce spreading the risk of pathogens, control mold and mildew and lessens the need for plant-human contact.
The Perfect Balance
Sunniva has found a perfect balance with their seal greenhouse design, that will recirculate air for more efficient climate control. This means they will need less air conditioning and will be retaining C02 levels better than traditional growing methods.
The Founding Team
Dr. Anthony Holler
CHAIRMAN AND CEO
Dr. Anthony (Tony) Holler is the Chairman and CEO of Sunniva Inc. Prior to his role at Sunniva, he is the former CEO and founder of ID Biomedical, acquired in 2015 by Glaxo Smith Kline for $1.7 billion, and former Chairman of Corriente Resources Inc., which also sold for approximately $700 million to CRCC-Tongguan Investment Co. Tony is also the current Chairman of CRH Medical Corp., a publicly traded company and serves as Sunniva’s Chief Executive Officer.
CO-FOUNDER, PRESIDENT, CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER & DIRECTOR
Leith Pedersen is the Co-Founder, President and Chief Strategy Officer and Director. He is the former owner and CEO of Vida Wealth Management Bahamas, former investment advisor at Canaccord Wealth Management, and former partner at an Alberta brokerage firm managing capital more than $3 billion.
To learn more about Sunniva Inc., you can visit www.sunniva.com
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