Saskatchewan

Hill Street Beverage set to acquire Sask.-based cannabis company OneLeaf for $16M

Hill Street Beverage has acquired the Regina-based cannabis growing company OneLeaf. According to Hill Street the deal will go through when OneLeaf is granted a standard cultivation and processing licence by Health Canada.

According to Hill Street all current employees will be hired following the acquisition

Vancouver-based Hill Street Beverage is hoping to cash in on the cannabis-infused drink trend. (CBC)

Saskatchewan-based OneLeaf Cannabis Corp. has been acquired by a beverage company looking to cash in on cannabis-infused drinks.

Hill Street Beverage is set to pay $16 million for OneLeaf and its assets, including its 4,478 square-metre facility near Regina. In addition to cultivating cannabis. the production plant in the RM of Sherwood and the City of Regina's Joint Planning Area will house Hill Street's bottling, canning and infusing lines. 

The acquisition isn't quite a done deal. 

OneLeaf has applied for a standard cultivation and processing licence from Health Canada. These would allow for the cultivation and sale of cannabis. Hill Street and OneLeaf expect the licence to be granted this summer. The deal with Hill Street is contingent on the licence.

Vancouver-based Hill Street produces alcohol-free beer and wine.

According to Hill Street CEO and chairman Terry Donnelly, OneLeaf employs seven people. Donnelly said all current employees will be hired following the acquisition and that, to hit their production targets, the company will need to hire several more workers. 

"We will likely need to hire a lot more people to work in that facility. It's not operational yet. Once it's operational we'll be hiring dozens of people," Donnelly said.

The OneLeaf facility is located in the RM of Sherwood and the City of Regina's Joint Planning Area. (RM of Sherwood)

He estimated that Hill Street will need to hire 20 people to cultivate the cannabis, which OneLeaf does not currently do, and 30 to 45 people to work on the beverage side of the operation.

The location of OneLeaf and its proximity to the Global Transportation Hub factored into the decision to acquire the business and facility.

"The accessibility and the ease with which you can transport and export products anywhere in the world from that transportation hub was a huge factor in our deciding to partner with the OneLeaf folks," said Donnelly.

The cannabis products Hill Street hopes to sell are not yet legal.

The date set by the federal government for legalizing edibles is Oct. 17, one year after recreational cannabis was legalized nationwide.

Donnelly said he hopes their products will be on shelves by February of 2020. 

With files from Emily Pasiuk

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