India Globalization Capital, Inc. (NYSE AMERICAN: IGC) announces today that it has executed a distribution and partnership agreement for several products including a sugar free, energy drink called ˜Nitro G.
IGC will pay 797,000 shares of restricted, unregistered, common stock, for a 10-year agreement, with an option for multiple 5-year extensions, for the rights to market the products in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and South America and exclusive global rights to all developed CBD-infused products.
IGC plans to create a branded, hemp/CBD-infused version of the formulation that addresses market demand for energy drinks with the inclusion of healthy properties derived from hemp including CBD.
According to a Grand View Research forecast, the global energy drinks market is projected to be almost $85 billion by the year 2025, with non-alcoholic beverage sales expected to account for a significant portion of the market. This represents a unique opportunity for the development and commercialization of a CBD-infused, sugar free energy beverage, stated Ram Mukunda, CEO of IGC.
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By combining the experience of IGC with Hyalolex with the manufacturer in Malaysia, we potentially bring together unique expertise in microencapsulation, solubility, infusion, controlled dose delivery, and sugar free processes, among others. This will help introduce an exciting CBD-infused energy drink to the market and the acquired knowledge base can be further leveraged to diversify the delivery method for IGC branded products including Hyalolextm, our flagship product for patients suffering from Alzheimers, continued Mukunda.
This transaction is particularly timely given the language of the 2018 Farm Bill that currently addresses potentially legalizing, on a federal level, industrial hemp and products derived from it, including hemp oil that contains CBD.
IGC has two lines of business, a legacy infrastructure business and a cannabis pharmaceutical business that has developed a lead product for Alzheimers patients. The Company recently announced that it is working on using blockchain to address issues specific to the cannabis industry that address transactional difficulties, product labeling, product identification assurance (PIA), and product origin assurance (POA). The company is based in Maryland, USA.
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Please see forward looking statements as discussed in detail in IGC’s Form 10K for fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, and in other reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.