Canopy Growth opens chocolate-making facility in Smiths Falls bringing a familiar flavour back to town
1 Hershey drive in Smiths Falls is once again the home of a chocolate producer. On Friday December 13, Canopy Growth held a grand opening for their new Tweed chocolate factory.
The opening took place in the Visitor Centre cafeteria, in front of the glass door framing the chocolate making portion of the Tweed facility.
Hummingbird Chocolate owners, Drew and Erica Gilmore, Canopy’s Rade Kovacevic, Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow, and LFK MPP Randy Hillier cut the ribbon on the new facility
To develop the chocolate Tweed consulted extensively with Drew and Erica Gilmore owners of Hummingbird Chocolate in Mississippi Mills. The result is a high quality product that starts with beans sourced directly from South American farmers, roasted and processed in the home of chocolate at 1 Hershey Drive.
Most of the town’s senior staff, Councillors, Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow, MPP Randy Hillier and senior Canopy management were on hand, along with Canopy employees and invited guests.
Mayor Pankow told Lake 88 that it was a day to celebrate, “Whoever would have thought five years ago that this factory would once again be producing chocolate let along cannabis infused chocolate,” said Mayor Pankow. “We had 45 years of historical chocolate making in our community. We had a pause for 11 years and now we’re right fully back at it,” he said.
The Mayor concluded by saying, “It’s a great economic opportunity and it’s great to see it has come full circle.”
The first shipments of infused chocolate are expected to leave the plant on Monday, for cannabis retail stores across the country.
Now that the Province has eased restrictions on cannabis retail stores, Canopy and the town of Smiths Falls are looking forward to being able to open a local store in the not too distant future.
While Canopy couldn’t provide samples of infused chocolate at the opening, there were plenty of samples of un-infused chocolate at the start of the event, all of which were nearly gone by the time the ribbon cutting was done.