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Cannabis firm Tilray buys Breckenridge Distillery

Global cannabis company Tilray has acquired Colorado-based Breckenridge Distillery with an eye to creating THC-infused spirits.

Tilray’s operations include cannabis research, cultivation and distribution

Tilray, owner of cannabis-themed brewer Sweetwater, purchased the Bourbon whiskey maker in a deal worth US$102.9 million.

“We see tremendous potential for Breckenridge and our existing Sweetwater brand to complement each other, expanding their respective reach and driving further profitable growth in our beverage alcohol segment,” said Irwin D Simon, Tilray chairman and CEO.

Breckenridge produces whiskeys, vodkas, rum and more

Breckenridge Distillery was founded in 2008 by Bryan Nolt, and produces a portfolio of Bourbon whiskeys, vodkas, spiced rum and more.

Through the acquisition, Tilray said it hopes to develop cannabis-infused non-alcoholic distilled ‘spirits’, including Bourbon alternatives.

According to research firm Fact.MR, the global market for cannabis-infused drinks is expected to reach nearly US$6 billion by 2031.

The cannabis firm also sees the opportunity to expand the Breckenridge brand across the US, as the distiller currently derives 85% of its revenue from its home state of Colorado.

“We are excited to join Tilray and drive revenue growth as part of its global and leading CPG [consumer packaged goods] and cannabis-lifestyle platform,” Nolt commented.

“The award-winning spirits that have driven our success will unquestionably benefit from access to Tilray’s global distribution network and opportunities to expand into cannabis and edible-related products in the US.”

The deal is part of Tilray’s strategy to deliver US$4bn in revenue by the end of fiscal 2024.

Earlier this year, The Spirits Business explored the opportunities and challenges surrounding cannabis for drinks producers.

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