VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Optimi Health Corp. (CSE: OPTI) (OTCQX: OPTHF) (FRA: 8BN) (“Optimi” or the “Company”), a Canadian-based company licensed by Health Canada to produce natural, scalable, and accessible psychedelic and functional mushroom products for transformational human experiences, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Avida Global (“Avida”), a privately-held UK-based producer of high-quality wellness products, including nutraceuticals and medicinal cannabis oils, for the global well-being and medical markets.
In its first large-scale international distribution agreement, Optimi will supply Avida with an extensive catalog of Optimi Life functional mushroom supplement formulations. The supplements will be available for distribution to clients and partners worldwide via Avida Labs, Avida’s white-labelling and manufacturing business.
Avida will function as the exclusive distributor for Optimi’s line of functional mushroom products in the United Kingdom, the European Union, Switzerland, India, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, and Israel.
The Europe functional mushroom market is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.6 percent in the forecast period (2021 to 2028) and reach USD $107 million by 2028. The UK market is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 7.5 percent between 2021 – 2027.
Optimi CEO, Bill Ciprick, says the partnership unlocks a significant market opportunity to synergize Avida’s impressive worldwide distribution network with Optimi’s position as the top functional and psychedelic mushroom producer in North America.
“Optimi’s objective has consistently been to become the world’s number one supplier of functional and psychedelic mushroom products, bar none,” said Ciprick. “We are now significantly closer to achieving that goal by globally elevating our Optimi Life functional mushroom brand with an industry-leading, EU-GMP partner such as Avida,” he added. “This is directly in line with our goal to commercialize and generate revenue.”
The terms of the agreement further stipulate the potential for the sale of psilocybin mushrooms via the same distribution networks in response to the still-evolving demands of international markets.
With operations in the UK and North-East Colombia, Avida Global Managing Director and Head of UK Operations, Paul Parkinson, says the international agreement with Optimi marks a significant expansion for Avida in the plant-based medicines category and will bring mutual benefits and exposure for both companies.
“Both Avida and Optimi share similar synergies putting quality and science at the heart of everything we do,” said Parkinson. “Our partnership with Optimi complements the increasing global demand for natural, organic mushroom products and presents a unique opportunity for Avida Global in this nascent category. We are pleased to be building a strong and innovative product pipeline backed by exemplary service delivery and some of the most rigorous and stringent operational standards in the world,” he added.
Ciprick and Parkinson jointly expressed their agreement that new generation, health-smart mushroom enthusiasts are reshaping the whole functional mind and body experience.
“Great products are supported by consumers who investigate the experience as much as the science behind these formulations,” they added. “The unique thing about this partnership is that we are aligned and driven to meet those expectations as we further develop our product and service footprint in emerging health markets across the world.”
Optimi recently announced the signing of a retail and e-commerce distribution agreement for Optimi Life nutraceutical products with Canadian outlets Well.ca, Vitasave, and Healthy Planet.
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ABOUT OPTIMI (CSE: OPTI) (OTCQX: OPTHF) (FRA: 8BN)
Optimi Health Corp. is a Canadian-based company licensed by Health Canada to produce and supply natural, EU-GMP grade psilocybin and synthetic psychedelic substances, as well as functional mushrooms that focus on the health and wellness markets. Built with the purpose of producing scalable psychedelic formulations for transformational human experiences, the Company’s goal is to be the number one trusted, compassionate supplier of safe drug products throughout the world. Optimi’s products are grown at its two facilities comprising a total of 20,000 square feet in Princeton, British Columbia, making it the largest psilocybin and MDMA cultivator in North America.
ABOUT AVIDA GLOBAL
Avida Global is a vertically integrated Global cannabis business headquartered in Surrey, UK, with a dedicated cultivation and production facility in North-East Colombia. The company was founded in 2018 with the vision of providing the highest quality medicinal cannabis products to patients and consumers around the world in order to bring quality to life. The Avida Global Group consists of Avida Global SAS, Avida Labs UK and Green Stem CBD.
Avida Labs is Avida Global’s white-labelling and manufacturing business. Based in Surrey, UK, the company formulates and manufactures bespoke topical and ingestible white-label products, from plant to product, using the highest quality ingredients and latest manufacturing processes.
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