Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 7, 2019 – Organto Foods Inc. (TSX-V: OGO, OTC: OGOFF) (‘Organto” or the “Company”). Organto today announced that it’s strategic supply partner in Zimbabwe has received organic certification for lands to be devoted to exclusive production of organic vegetables for Organto, and as a result Organto has commenced receipt of supply of organic green beans for the European market.
Organto’s strategic supply partner in Zimbabwe is an established supplier of conventional and organic fruits and vegetables. In late 2018, Organto entered into a five-year agreement whereby Organto would have exclusive sales rights for certain organic products produced by the supply partner, initially focused on value-added year-round organic vegetables, including organic green beans, organic snow peas and organic sugar snaps. The receipt of these licenses represented the final step in the approval process and deliveries to Organto have now commenced. The certifications from Eco-Cert S.A. cover two growing operations located in separate provinces offering diverse climatic features, critical as year-round supply of value-added vegetables is established.
“We are pleased that our supply partner has now received organic certification for these growing operations, and we are excited to commence delivery of organic green beans, which will be followed by other value-added organic vegetable and fruit products. Our supply partner has also started planting organic snow peas and organic sugar snaps and we expect to have these products available for commercial distribution in mid-May, 2019.” commented Steve Bromley, Chair and Interim CEO of Organto Foods Inc. “We have been challenged in the past by supply/demand imbalances on these products, so we are looking forward to adding this strategic supply to our year-round branded and distributed products platform.”
Organto also plans to add organic soft fruits, other organic vegetables including organic asparagus tips plus root crops, such as organic ginger, in alignment with Organto’s strategic business model, and as a second phase to this strategic relationship.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
Chair and Interim Chief Executive Officer
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Organto’s business model is rooted in its commitment to sustainable business practices focused on environmental responsibility and a commitment to the communities where it operates, its people and its shareholders. Organto is comprised of two independent business units, i) the Organto Foods Group, and ii) the Organto Global Cannabis Group. The Organto Foods Group is an integrated provider of year-round value-added branded organic vegetables and seasonal organic and non-GMO fruit and vegetable products using an asset-light business model to serve a growing socially responsible and health conscious consumer around the globe. The Organto Global Cannabis Group is focused on the growing market for medicinal cannabis around the world, with initial efforts focussed on key regions of Latin America, utilizing low-cost natural growing operations and a diverse and exclusive IP seed library to deliver the medicinal properties consumers expect.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This news release may include certain forward-looking information and statements, as defined by law including without limitation Canadian securities laws and the “safe harbor” provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (“forward-looking statements”). In particular, and without limitation, this news release contains forward-looking statements respecting Organto’s current business model and related expertise; Organto’s belief that this new supply source will help address supply/demand imbalances from the past for products contracted; Organto’s plan to expand supply from the region to organic include soft fruits, other organic vegetables and organic ginger; management’s beliefs, assumptions and expectations; and general business and economic conditions. Forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions that may prove to be incorrect, including without limitation assumptions about the following: the ability and time frame within which Organto’s business model will be implemented; cost increases; dependence on suppliers, partners and contractual counter-parties; changes in the business or prospects of Organto; unforeseen circumstances; risks associated with the organic produce business generally, including inclement weather, unfavorable growing conditions, low crop yields, variations in crop quality, spoilage, import and export laws and similar risks; transportation costs and risks; general business and economic conditions; and ongoing relations with distributors, customers, employees, suppliers, consultants, contractors and partners. and joint venturers. The foregoing list is not exhaustive and Organto undertakes no obligation to update any of the foregoing except as required by law.