Arizona’s Halo Infusions & Extractions, LLC plans to build a $2.5 million infusion kitchen, with full production expected by mid-2023.
The 7,000 sq. ft. kitchen will support seven separate production lines, along with space for refrigerated storage and distribution.
Halo Infusions & Extractions spun off its infused product manufacturing business a year ago after selling its retail and cultivation licenses for $30 million.
"Selling the licenses enabled us to focus on our first true love – infused products," said Murray Stein, CEO of Halo Infusions.
Plans for the kitchen include automated gummy and candy lines, multiple beverage production systems, and multiple large ovens and freezers.
"We've designed the space to employ an agile reconfiguration model that allows us to shift production lines based on our real-time needs and those of our customers," said Brandon Hamm, infrastructure manager at Halo Infusions.
Halo Infusions' brands include Aunt Ellie's, Cannabliss, Canna Confections, Chronic Health and Pure & Simple. Soon to be released is a suite of canine pet products under the Canine CBD Therapy brand.
"Our unique whole-plant approach using RSO extraction methodologies allow us to retain more of the plant's compounds than many other approaches,'' said Chad Johnson, Halo Infusions' infusion R&D manager.
While Arizona may have a limited number of licenses, it has not restricted the proliferation of new brands.
"There are well over seventy-five individual infused product brands in Arizona, with more than thirty making gummies," said Suzy Tracy, corporate marketing manager for Halo Infusions. "Many of these businesses are challenged by limited product space and operations staff. They are also at the whim of the license holder, who may not want the risk of an operation they do not fully control, using their license.”
Halo Infusions is planning a white label operation for smaller operators to establish and build their own brands. The company also expects to provide manufacturing facilities and support to independent – and currently out-of-state – brands to better penetrate the Arizona market.
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