MORRISVILLE, N.C., March 12, 2019 — Pyxus International, Inc. (NYSE: PYX), a global value-added agricultural company, is pleased to announce the opening of its affiliate, Criticality, LLC’s, industrial hemp extraction and purification facility located in Wilson, North Carolina. The 55,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility was unveiled during a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening event on March 12.
“Through our investment in Criticality—a North Carolina-based hemp processor—our goal is to become a leader in the production of CBD and related consumer products,” said Pyxus President, CEO and Chairman Pieter Sikkel. “The opening of the facility is a critical step in achieving that goal and is a glimpse of what’s to come in the future.”
The facility is designed to follow good manufacturing practices and operate in compliance with dietary supplement standards. The hemp processed at the facility will be used to expertly craft and responsibly produce “Korent,” Criticality’s line of cannabidiol oil (CBD) products, as well as develop new products in its innovation pipeline.
“As the industrial hemp industry continues to grow, Criticality is committed to setting the standard in high-quality, traceable CBD production,” Sikkel said. “To accomplish this, Criticality pulls from Pyxus’ strong heritage in agronomy expertise, paired with our track-and-trace platform, SENTRISM, to help capitalize on this rapidly growing, high margin market.”
About Pyxus International, Inc.
Pyxus International Inc. (NYSE: PYX) is a global agricultural company with 145 years’ experience delivering value-added products and services to businesses and customers. Driven by a united purpose—to transform people’s lives, so that together we can grow a better world—Pyxus International, its subsidiaries and affiliates, are trusted providers of responsibly sourced, independently verified, sustainable and traceable products and ingredients. For more information, visit www.pyxusintl.com.
Criticality is an integrated North Carolina-based agricultural hemp company that takes a science-based approach to the extraction, refinement and formulation of high-quality, transparent industrial hemp derived products. Criticality partners with Pyxus International, Inc. (NYSE: PYX), a provider of responsibly produced, independently verified, sustainable and traceable agricultural products, ingredients and services, to source, process and produce industrial hemp and hemp products under North Carolina’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.
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