Alberta’s government-operated online cannabis retailer is pausing web sales of cannabis-infused candies for greater than two months, citing the results of summer season warmth on chocolate shipments to customers.
“To avoid our online customers receiving melted products, chocolates won’t be available online from June 29, 2020, to September 7, 2020, subject to change pending weather conditions,” stated AlbertaCannabis.org in a notice posted June 26.
Cannabis chocolate merchandise will nonetheless be accessible in Alberta by means of the province’s bricks-and-mortar cannabis retailers, which quantity almost 500.
AlbertaCannabis.org carried about 27 SKUs of cannabis-infused chocolate, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis spokeswoman Chara Goodings advised Marijuana Business Daily in a press release.
Goodings wrote that the online retailer had not acquired complaints about melted candies from prospects, “but in order to maintain high product quality and stability, AlbertaCannabis.org decided to temporarily halt the sale of edible chocolates to online customers during the warmer months.”
“As shipping chocolates during the summer is a challenge, AlbertaCannabis.org has always planned for edible chocolates to be seasonal,” Goodings added.
Ray Gracewood, senior vice-president of promoting and communications with cannabis producer Organigram, stated the corporate’s cannabis chocolate sales in Alberta are “relatively heavily skewed” in direction of retail shops over online purchases.
Organigram has invested heavily in chocolate manufacturing, with a 15 million Canadian greenback ($11 million) “high speed, high capacity, fully automated chocolate production line” able to producing up to 4 million kilograms of chocolate per 12 months.
“If the logistical realities of chocolate through the summer is that that product needs to take a two-month pause, then that’s just a seasonal element that we can deal with,” Gracewood advised MJBizDaily in an interview.
“And I feel like all the pieces else on this enterprise, it’s studying as you go.
“So for us, this summer is just going to be a good one to understand how much of an impact the weather is going to have on chocolate products, and how we have to adjust or if we have to adjust from there,” he stated.
Gracewood stated Organigram’s direct-to-consumer medical enterprise has acquired a small variety of complaints, “in the low single digits,” about melted shipments of cannabis chocolate merchandise.
Canada’s regulations governing edible cannabis merchandise specify that edibles might not require refrigeration or freezing.