Unlike many toilet paper manufacturers, ECS Botanics Holdings Ltd (ASX: ECS) has managed to successfully have its Hemp Seed Oil now stocked on shelves in Woolworths stores nationally.
Managing Director Alex Keach said this follows a deal signed through its distribution partner Just Foods Australia Pty Ltd (JFA) in November 2019.
First cash receipts from JFA, for Woolworths stocked product, are expected during the current quarter.
In addition, two varieties of ECS’ soups, Mexican Spiced Bean Soup with Hemp and Indian Masala Lentil Soup with Hemp, are in the process of being dispatched to Woolworths’ distribution centre for national distribution following the deal ECS announced in January 2020.
Mr Keach said the initial order placed by JFA for national distribution into Woolworths is valued at approximately $120,000 to ECS. ECS is preparing for the next manufacturing runs of oil and soups due to the expectation of rolling orders from Woolworths.
ECS is working closely with its manufacturing partner Flavour Makers to expand its range of soups, with several new flavours under development.
Our hemp soups are a unique on-shelf product in the fast- moving consumer goods category, and as we move closer to winter, we are expecting a good trajectory on sales,” Mr Keach said.
Flavour Makers has more than 25 years’ experience offering complete end-to-end food development and manufacturing solutions, providing world class private label products for major local and global retailers such as Woolworths, Coles and Walmart.
Mr Keach said Flavour Makers is at the cutting edge of food innovation, with a team that ranges from Michelin Star rated chefs to food technologists.