Gabriella’s Kitchen, an Ontario-based manufacturer of nutritional foods including items infused with cannabis and hemp, recently debuted on the Canadian Stock Exchange. Founded by Gabriella and Margot Micallef 15 years ago, the sisters launched the company as they were seeking to find healthy food choices for Gabriella, who suffered from cancer and passed away in 2011 following a five year battle with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.
Some of the brands in the company’s portfolio include Noodi, Gabbypasta, Skinnypasta and Alto. The 20-product range includes foods that are vegan, low-calorie, gluten-free, high-protein and low-carbohydrate. Gabriella’s Kitchen takes a holistic approach to health according to Margot, who said consumers will now have the option of eating foods with cannabis, or drinking it in liquid form instead of drinking a beer. She said the new line of infused products plays a critical role in a healthy lifestyle, and that a holistic approach is the future of the wellness industry. According to news reports the line is infused with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabinoids).
Eight Capital and Gravitas Securities co-led the share offering; Wildhorse Capital Partners served as adviser. Russell Wilson, son of Brett Wilson (both part of the financing round through Prairie Merchant Corp.), was appointed to Gabriella’s Kitchen board of directors.
Gabriella’s Kitchen distributes non-infused cannabis products at Loblaws, Publix, Safeway, Sobeys and Whole Foods in the U.S. and Canada and also services licensed cannabis retailers and “mainstream” grocery stores in legal markets throughout North America, as well as emerging markets.
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