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Organto finances further growth

Organto finances further growth © Organto

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Organto’s financing initiative, involving the sale of convertible notes, was significantly over-subscribed with gross proceeds of CDN$4,630,000, including strong participation from insiders and existing shareholders as well as a diverse group of investors located in Canada, Mexico, and for the first time in the Netherlands, according to StreetInsider. The financing should see the further expansion of the provider of organic and value-added organic fruits and vegetables. 

Rients van der Wal, co-CEO and CEO of Organto Europe BV, said: “We are extremely pleased to close this financing, which was very well received and over-subscribed. The proceeds will be used to fund our aggressive growth plans including achieving our previously announced target revenues for fiscal 2021 of CDN $35 to $37 million, an approximate 200% increase over 2020, including an expected annualized revenue run rate of CDN $50 million by the end of 2021. We believe that demand for fresh organic fruits and vegetables will continue to grow globally, driven by increased consumer interest in healthy foods that are produced in a sustainable and transparent manner, and this presents an exciting opportunity for Organto. We continue to make great progress, leveraging both the strong market demand and our cost effective and flexible business model to drive record results.”

The Convertible Notes issued as part of this financing have a term of two years, maturing in December 2022 and January 2023. The Notes carry an annual interest rate of 8% (payable annually), and are convertible into common shares of Organto (TSXV:OGO) at a price of CDN $0.30 per share. If at any time after four months from the date of issuance of the Notes, the closing price of Organto’s common shares as traded on the TSX Venture Exchange is equal to or greater than CDN $0.45 for 10 consecutive trading days or more, Organto may, in its sole discretion, accelerate conversion of the Notes. There is no pre-payment penalty.

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Organto ships its first organic limes from Colombia to Europe

Organto ships its first organic limes from Colombia to Europe © Organto
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Organto, an integrated provider of organic and value-added organic fruits and vegetables, announced the expansion of its organic limes portfolio with the first shipment of limes from a strategic Colombian supply partner scheduled to arrive in Europe for commercial distribution last week.

Organic and non-GMO limes were added to Organto’s portfolio earlier this year after successful market testing during which Organto marketed various varieties and sources of lime products with select European based customers. As a result, Organto has now entered into a number of strategic import programs for the year-round supply of organic and non-GMO limes with current supply coming from Colombia, Peru, Mexico and Spain.

Rients van der Wal, co-CEO of Organto and CEO of Organto Europe B.V., said: “We are pleased to expand our organic and non-GMO limes portfolio and to be able to supply growing markets on a year-round basis. We believe demand for limes has increased throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to do so going forward, as consumers seek out the unique health benefits derived from high antioxidant and vitamin C levels.” 

Organto is expecting weekly sales of limes of approximately CDN $45,000 to $60,000 by the end of the fiscal year, with the objective of increasing the lime category to annualized revenues of approximately $10 million as the Company builds out its supply sources and expands its customer base over time. Organto has arranged for the delivery of limes from its suppliers on a year-round basis, with higher volumes expected during April to August each year.