Cannabis-infused edibles top food trends ready to hit mainstream

Cannabis-infused edibles top food trends ready to hit mainstream

Of all the trends poised and ready to hit the mainstream, cannabis-infused edibles and drinks are at the forefront. While the legalization of marijuana in October excluded edibles, that is expected to change next fall – and plenty of industry professionals have been recipe-testing and fine-tuning potential products to be ready. Edmonton’s Token Bitters currently offers a lineup of cocktail bitters that is popular with local bartenders, but its main focus these days is testing oils and capsule products for the impending cannabis-edibles market.

“We started our company with the idea of [eventually offering] drinkable cannabis products. We did a lot of market research and believe a lot in the idea,” says Token’s co-owner Cameron O’Neil. “There are still a lot of questions in regards to what will be allowed to be used in edibles and drinks, so it will be interesting to see what happens in the fall.”

His co-founder, Keenan Pascal, says they have been approached by all types of people, from chefs wanting to open a cannabis-infused bakery to doughnut companies and even dairy producers looking to work on a line of cannabis butter.

The two agree it will still be quite some time before restaurants and bars will able to serve cannabis-infused food and drink and when they are, they’ll likely be completely separate establishments from the standard. In other words, you’ll have to go to one bar to sip your gin martini and another for that Dark and Stormy spiked with a marijuana tincture.

Cannabis company CEO determined to bring more gender equality into the industry

Cannabis company CEO determined to bring more gender equality into the industry

At the dawn of legal marijuana, Lisa Campbell is determined to make women a key part of the business.

“The cannabis industry is predominately run by white men,” says Ms. Campbell, who is so passionate about her mission, she rhymes off related statistics without missing a beat. Women, she says, occupy just 5 per cent of publicly traded licensed cannabis producers’ boards, compared with 12 per cent of other companies on the TSX.

As chief executive of Lifford Cannabis Solutions, a nine-month old subsidiary of her family’s wine and spirits agency of the same name, which essentially functions as a distributor, she is one of few female leaders in the emerging space. In her role, Ms. Campbell helps companies navigate the cannabis industry and guides their products to shelves across the country within the legal market.

Happy Holidayz from Lifford Cannabis Solutions 🌲

Happy Holidayz from Lifford Cannabis Solutions 🌲

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Filled with parties and dinners and quiet moments at home. All of these call for special wines and we’ve rounded up our top 12 of the year for our annual 12 HOLIDAY WINES feature. 
 
This is not an easy thing to select! We are looking to capture the spirit of the year, the products that moved us that we are most excited to share. Sparkling, crisp and complex whites, a rose to raise your eyebrows, fresh reds (perfect served chilled with a turkey sandwich) and powerful reds to stop you in your tracks – it’s all here. We lovingly stand behind each of these wines, hand-crafted by a winery we’ve visited and care deeply about.
 
Less talk and more wines! Let the list begin. It's not too late to order your holiday wines delivered to your door before NYE. Also check out some incredible cocktails and mocktails to make your holidayz truely lit brought to you by The Cannabis Sommelier!

HOSPITALITY SESSIONS: CANNABIS COCKTAILS & MOCKTAILS DECEMBER 19TH

HOSPITALITY SESSIONS: CANNABIS COCKTAILS & MOCKTAILS DECEMBER 19TH

Get into the holiday spirit with The Cocktail Whisperer as we celebrate the coming cannabis edible regulations.  The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) Ontario in partnership with Lifford Cannabis Solutions are closing off the year on a high note, and inviting media to join December’s edition of the monthly cannabis event series Hospitality Sessions at Lifford Wine & Spirits.


This month’s event will feature 6-time author Warren Bobrow The Cocktail Whisperer, as he educates guests on the fine art of cannabis beverages.  Warren is a cannabis writer for Forbes, and authored the very first book on cannabis cocktails. Guests will look forward to DIY cannabis cocktail demonstrations and learn about different types of infusions, dosing and flavour profiles. Media are invited to attend with a complimentary ticket.

Token Naturals Selects Lifford Cannabis Solutions as National Sales Representatives

Token Naturals Selects Lifford Cannabis Solutions as National Sales Representatives

Token Naturals has announced a multi-year partnership with Ontario-based cannabis sales agency, Lifford Cannabis Solutions(LCS). LCS will market Token’s oils and capsules to licensed adult-use cannabis retailers across Canada, growing Token’s footprint nationally and providing consumers and retailers with information and other resources.

“We are pleased to be the first company to work with Lifford nationally,” shares Keenan Pascal, CEO of Token Naturals. “Token values community and innovation, and we recognized those values in Lifford as an independently-owned, relationship-based company. Lifford’s presence across Canada allows us to expand on our roots in Alberta and offer the nation extraction-based products that enhance the wellbeing and lifestyle of Canadians.”

Token is a late-stage Licensed Producer applicant with Health Canada, currently developing an 8,300 square foot extraction lab in central industrial Edmonton and anticipated to be licensed for extraction before the summer of 2019. Once licensed, Token plans to produce oils and capsules with precisely blended cannabinoid profiles that offer dependable experiences for the adult Canadian consumer. These cannabis products will join Lifford’s premier cannabis portfolio, serving the adult-use retail market.

“Lifford Cannabis Solutions is elated to sign our first cannabis processor nationally to prepare for peak legalization in 2019.  Soon Health Canada will be releasing draft regulations on cannabis infused products, and as a premium beverage company we are excited to see what Token Naturals has in store for Canada.  As an independent privately-owned companies we believe in craft small batch artisanal brands with a strong story.  Token fits perfectly into our existing portfolio of premium wine, spirits, beer, cider and now cannabis,” says Lisa Campbell, CEO of Lifford Cannabis Solutions.

LCS’ partner company, Lifford Wine & Spirits, will also represent Token’s subsidiary brand of cocktail bitters to liquor retailers across Canada. Token Bitters is currently sold across Western Canada, has recently expanded into Ontario and is exported to Japan.

Lifford Cannabis Solutions Brings Education to Food and Beverage Industry with Hospitality Sessions: Terpenes & Terroir 

Lifford Cannabis Solutions Brings Education to Food and Beverage Industry with Hospitality Sessions: Terpenes & Terroir 

Lifford Cannabis Solutions is hosting Hospitality Sessions monthly seminars in partnership with the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) Ontario. Lifford invites members from the hospitality community to attend Terpenes and Terroir to learn more about cannabis legalization. Future seminars will take place on the third Wednesday evening of the month featuring thought leaders in the cannabis space. Terpenes and Terroir will take place next Wednesday, November 21st, and will feature Lifford Wine & Spirits portfolio, along with Haven Street, a premium cannabis brand for the adult-use market in Ontario available in the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS.ca).

This month’s seminar will feature Jamie Evans, founder of The Herb Somm - a cannabis blog and lifestyle brand that is focused on the gourmet side of the cannabis industry. With more than ten years of wine industry experience, Jamie is also a contributor to POPSUGAR, specializing in cannabis recipes and cannabis lifestyle. The Herb Somm has been hosting wine and cannabis pairing dinners in California and has become an international sensation as one of the premier cannabis sommeliers

Lifford Cannabis Solutions unveils Western Portfolio

Lifford Cannabis Solutions unveils Western Portfolio

TORONTO, Nov. 1st, 2018 - ​Lifford Cannabis Solutions​ ("Lifford" or the “Company") announced today that they are expanding their west coast presence by hosting two exclusive events in Alberta and British Columbia to showcase their growing portfolio including licensed producerWeedMD​.

“Lifford Cannabis Solutions is focused on showcasing the most premium adult use brands coast to coast across Canada. We have carefully curated our western portfolio to include unique cultivars sustainably grown with authentic stories.” - Lisa Campbell, President and CEO, Lifford Cannabis Solutions

To celebrate the western premier, Lifford is inviting media and influencers to take part in theSecret Sessions ​in Vancouver and Calgary​ w​ hich will pair Lifford Wine and Spirits with the newly launched cannabis portfolio. Hosted by The Cannabis Sommelier, the evening will include strain inspired cocktails featuring unique, sungrown cannabis now available legally in the adult use market for both Alberta and British Columbia. The Vancouver event will host guest speaker Amanda Siebert from T​ he Georgia Straight​ and author of ​"The Little Book of Cannabis".

WeedMD Signs Multi-Year Retail Sales Distribution Deal with Lifford Cannabis Solutions 

WeedMD Signs Multi-Year Retail Sales Distribution Deal with Lifford Cannabis Solutions 

Toronto, Canada, October 31, 2018–WeedMD Inc.(TSX-V:WMD) (OTCQX:WDDMF) (FSE:4WE) (“WeedMD” or the “Company”), a federally-licensed producer and distributor of medical-grade cannabis, is pleased to announce it has signed a multi-year retail sales distribution agreement with Lifford Cannabis Solutions (“Lifford”), led by long-time cannabis advocate, influencer and media personality Lisa Campbell, to represent WeedMD’s premium cannabis brands and products for the adult-use retail market in British Columbia and Alberta.

“With the onset of legalization, WeedMD’s products are garnering the attention of a discerning and knowledgeable cannabis audience. Lifford has a history of delivering great results in the alcohol beverage category and has developed strong relationships with the provincial distributors as well as key customers,” said Brett Moon, SVP, Sales and Marketing at WeedMD. “Lifford’s strong foundation, coupled with cannabis advocate Lisa Campbell’s expertise and influence will bring WeedMD tremendous value and additional exposure in western Canada’s cannabis markets - ensuring strategic product placement and nation-wide success.”

“Lifford Cannabis Solutions is delighted to be working with WeedMD, a licensed producer widely recognized as a groundbreaking cultivator in Canada. With some of the most unique genetics on the market, we are excited to elevate WeedMD through our four-pillared approach which combines distribution, education, innovation and relationships,” said Lisa Campbell, CEO, Lifford Cannabis Solutions. “We are confident that WeedMD’s top-shelf cannabis - which is sustainably grown by a team that is deeply rooted in the cannabis community - will be well-suited to consumers in the west. It is an honour to collaborate with the WeedMD team as they continue to grow across Canada.” 

Lifford Cannabis Solutions Announces Launch of Premier Cannabis Portfolio in Ontario

Lifford Cannabis Solutions Announces Launch of Premier Cannabis Portfolio in Ontario

TORONTO, ON - October 18, 2018 -- ​Lifford Cannabis Solutions​ (“LCS” or the “Company”) announced today that the Company is working with ​TerrAscend Canada Inc.​ ​(CSE:TER)​,​ to launch their premium cannabis brand, ​Haven Street​ (“Haven St.”) in Ontario. Lifford’s salesforce will educate consumers, future retailers and budtenders about Haven St., which will be sold initially in the Ontario Cannabis Store.

“We look forward to growing our diverse companies together as we bring the most premium international cannabis brands to market,” said Lisa Campbell President and CEO of LCS.

As of October 17th, TerrAscend Canada will release Haven St. Premium Cannabis, targeting adult consumers who enjoy cannabis regularly, value variety and seek premium experiences. Using a unique street-like address “neighbourhood” system that ranges from 100 – 500, Haven St. products are categorized from low THC to high THC and create a simple way for adults to explore cannabis. The strain offerings are segmented by five consumer need states: Peace, Reset, Focus, Drift and Rise. The Haven St. collection will be featured in the Discovery Series Vol.1TM of Canada’s very first mixed pack by ​AHLOTCannabis CollectionsTM.

“TerrAscend is thrilled to have Lifford Cannabis Solutions represent our Haven St. brand in the Ontario adult-use retail market. Lifford’s in-depth understanding of the cannabis industry and retail dynamics will help ensure future success both locally and in additional future provinces,” said Greg Smith, TerrAscend Canada’s Senior Vice President, Adult Use Markets.

Cannabis Sommeliers are Officially on the Brink of Existence

Cannabis Sommeliers are Officially on the Brink of Existence

In Canada, the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) Ontario Chapter is addressing the issue by piloting a cannabis education course with monthly hospitality sessions. The curriculum will allow sommeliers to apply their fine tuned skills to cannabis and ask questions about legalization. According to Andrew Freedman, an ambassador for Lifford Cannabis Solutions, a cannabis sommelier is: “A wine professional with an extensive knowledge in pairing cannabis with gastronomy, service, and spirits.