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MBI Business Brief – February 17, 2023

Tim Hortons Flatbread Pizza Test Market Launch (CNW Group/Tim Hortons)

Delta 9 ships first export to Australia

Winnipeg’s Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. announced Feb. 13 that it has shipped its first exports of bulk dried cannabis flower to Australia. Delta 9 has seven more export permits from Health Canada, and plans to send further shipments of dried cannabis flower and cannabis extracts to Australia in the first and second quarter of 2023.

“This shipment is our first step of many planned sales into the Australian medical cannabis market,” said John Arbuthnot, CEO of Delta 9. “We see significant emerging market opportunities in international markets playing out over the next several years and anticipate that exports of cannabis products will become a key growth driver for us.”

Sports Vault acquired by Inglasco

The Sports Vault, the Winnipeg-based sports licensing and sports novelty company, has been acquired by Quebec’s Inglasco.

“Today we are thrilled to announce the acquisition of The Sports Vault as it propels our growth through what we do best, providing our retail partners and countless sports fans the products they love when celebrating their favourite teams,” said Anthony Fisher, CEO at Inglasco Inc. “This acquisition is a perfect strategic fit that allows us to bring even greater value to our league partners for years to come.”

The Sports Vault holds retail product licenses with the NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA, CFL, NCAA and Canada Soccer.

“I believe the combined entities will be an industry powerhouse in North America,” said Jeff Thompson, president and founder at The Sports Vault. “This union will provide deeper support and create a one-stop-shop process for our retail partners. We look forward to the benefits of Inglasco’s infrastructure while continuing to produce quality and innovative products.”

Inglasco, based in Sherbrooke, Que. is the world’s largest supplier of ice hockey pucks and the exclusive hockey puck supplier to all 32 NHL teams, and holds licenses the NHL, AHL, ECHL, Hockey Canada and USA Hockey.

Test Tim’s new flatbread in Winnipeg, Brandon, Dauphin and Stony Mountain

Tim Hortons has expanded the test market for its new Flatbread Pizza, now available in 16 Winnipeg locations, as well as Brandon, Dauphin and Stony Mountain. Tim Hortons Flatbread Pizzas are available in three varieties: Chicken Parmesan, Pepperoni and Simply Cheese.

“Our Flatbread Pizzas are a completely new Tim Hortons lunch and dinner experience that we’re excited to be testing with our guests in Winnipeg,” said Chef Tallis Voakes, director of culinary innovation at Tim Hortons. “Each Flatbread Pizza is prepared fresh to order and made with amazing ingredients – including slow-cooked seasoned chicken, a blend of Monterey Jack and mozzarella cheese, Parmesan flakes, and marinara sauce for our Chicken Parmesan Flatbread Pizza. We can’t wait for our guests in Winnipeg to try all three varieties of our Flatbread Pizzas and we’re looking forward to their feedback.”

Tiber River Naturals paying with points

Tiber River Naturals, the Winnipeg-based body care company, told its former company “ambassadors” in a letter this week that they will not receive cash payment for final sales made as the ambassador program winds up. Instead, they will receive loyalty points to buy Tiber River products.

The company, helmed by Adriana Del Luca and Michelle Lalonde, announced last month its ambassador program was ending because it was “no longer sustainable” but would keep its retail premises and online store, moving to sell directly to customers.

New parks reservation service coming soon

The Manitoba government announced Feb. 17 that a new reservation system will be launched for the 2023 camping season. Improvements include easier navigation and responsiveness for customers making reservations in Manitoba’s provincial parks. A new account will be required to use the system, and accounts can be created starting March 27, with more information on how to use the system coming next month.

Reservations begin in April:

April 3 – All cabins, yurts and group use areas (including Hecla and Camp Morton recreation halls);
April 5 – Campsite reservations for all western and northern region parks including Asessippi, Bakers Narrows, Clearwater (Campers Cove and Pioneer Bay), Duck Mountain (Blue Lakes, Childs Lake, Wellman Lake), Manipogo, Paint Lake, Rainbow Beach, Rivers, Spruce Woods (Kiche Manitou), Turtle Mountain (Adam Lake), William Lake and Wekusko Falls;
April 11 – Campsite reservations for Birds Hill and Winnipeg Beach campgrounds;
April 12 – Campsite reservations for south Whiteshell including Caddy Lake, Falcon Beach, Falcon Lakeshore and West Hawk Lake;
April 13 – Campsite reservations for Nopiming (Tulabi Falls, Tulabi Short Haul, Bird Lake, Black Lake, Shoe Lake, Beresford Lake) and north Whiteshell (Big Whiteshell, Brereton Lake, Nutimik Lake, Opapiskaw, Betula Lake and White Lake) campgrounds; and
April 14 – All remaining locations including Birch Point, Camp Morton, Grand Beach, Hecla, Hnausa Beach, Lundar Beach, Moose Lake, St. Malo, Stephenfield and Watchorn.

“Provincial parks are treasured by Manitobans and we want to provide a positive experience when guests book a spot at a provincial campground,” said Natural Resources and Northern Development Minister Greg Nesbitt. “We are excited to provide Manitobans with an enhanced park reservation experience to plan for enjoyment of our beautiful summers and make great camping memories.”

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