Maximum Yield Industry News October/November 2020 - Page 16

industry BUZZ
Health Canada Grants Research License to Valens
The Valens Company recently announced it received a cannabis research licence from Health Canada to allow human testing of the taste , sight , smell , or touch of various cannabis products . Valens will use this licence to conduct controlled human trials for the sensory evaluation of its cannabis extracts , concentrates , oils , vaporizers , beverages , and edible products at its extraction , manufacturing , and testing facilities in Kelowna , B . C . “ This exciting and strategic milestone gives us the competitive advantage to further innovate and differentiate our leading oil-based product offerings ,” says Tyler Robson , CEO of Valens . “ This evaluation method will enhance the company ’ s custom manufacturing and white-label services with the added ability to assess the palatability of bespoke cannabis blends formulated with Valens ’ extensive terpene database . It will also expand the company ’ s innovation pipeline across all key product divisions .” Valens is the largest third-party extraction company in Canada , with an annual capacity of 425,000 kilograms of dried cannabis and hemp biomass .
Western Growers Brings in New Senior VP
Western Growers recently announced De Ann Davis would be taking the role of senior vice-president of the company ’ s science division . Davis brings extensive expertise to the leadership team with more than 25 years of experience in the development and execution of technical global programs , including food safety , quality assurance and regulatory compliance . “ Western Growers has long led our industry ’ s efforts to develop and embrace food safety best practices based on science ,” says president and CEO Dave Puglia . Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing produce in Arizona , California , Colorado , and New Mexico . The company ’ s members and their workers provide more than half of the U . S .’ s fresh fruits , vegetables and tree nuts , including nearly half of America ’ s fresh organic produce . “ Joining Western Growers is an exciting opportunity for me to really leverage my diverse experiences … to advance food safety and scientific programs across its membership and the produce industry as a whole ,” says Davis .
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