SLANG Worldwide to Acquire Award-Winning Cannabis Brands and Additional US Distribution in Strategic Acquisition of LBA Global Corporation

Published: May 15, 2019

SLANG Worldwide Inc., a global cannabis consumer packaged goods company with a robust portfolio of renowned brands distributed across 2,600 stores in 11 US states, is pleased to announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire LBA Global Corporation (“LBA“) and its Lunchbox Alchemy (“Lunchbox“) brand portfolio and subsidiary Hydra Distribution (“Hydra“). The proposed transaction will bolster SLANG’s position in the Pacific Northwest by adding a complementary portfolio of top-selling products in Oregon and California and robust supply chain and distribution capabilities.

Highlights Include:

  • LBA owns the award-winning Lunchbox Alchemy edible brand which includes an extensive portfolio of leading products. The product line ranks as the 2nd best-selling ingestible brand in Oregon since 2014 (BDS Analytics) with extensive penetration in the California market.
  • Lunchbox Alchemy’s CBD products are sold in 40 states across the US, accelerating SLANG’s Health & Wellness business.
  • Hydra actively distributes to more than 400 dispensaries in Oregon, approximately 67% dispensary penetration, and has one of the largest distribution footprints in the state, widening the distribution of SLANG’s existing portfolio in this market.
  • LBA’s leadership team is comprised of successful cannabis industry professionals with a depth of expertise managing high-growth CPG companies, enhancing SLANG’s current management team.
  • Synergies and new opportunities created through leveraging respective brands and distribution across the US.

Founded in 2014, LBA is the owner of the award-winning Lunchbox Alchemy portfolio of cannabis brands, which has been recognized for its innovations in cannabis-infused edibles and concentrate production. Today, LBA owns and manufactures a variety of ingestibles products (gummies, hard candies, and pastries) that collectively rank as the 2ndbest-selling ingestible brand in Oregon since 2014, per BDS Analytics. Lunchbox Alchemy also owns a CBD-infused product line that is currently available in retail stores in 40 states across the US.

SLANG Co-Founder and CEO Peter Miller said, “Lunchbox Alchemy’s products have proven themselves in some of the most competitive markets in the US. Their success is based on knowing what consumers want and delivering consistent product quality, diverse portion sizes, formulations and high-quality organic and vegan ingredients. LBA’s impressive management team, with their diverse CPG expertise, and the company’s extraction, manufacturing facilities and distribution business will bring significant new opportunities for SLANG’s branded products in Oregon and California, further establishing SLANG’s position as a leading global cannabis CPG company.”

Hydra is one of the largest cannabis distributors in Oregon and distributes Lunchbox Alchemy products along with 8 other third-party brands to more than 400 dispensaries across Oregon, representing approximately 67% dispensary penetration in the state. Leveraging this infrastructure, experience and industry relationships will enhance SLANG’s position as a leader in branded product sales in the Oregon market, which generated approximately $700 million in retail sales in the past 12 months (BDS Analytics).  Lunchbox Alchemy’s CBD products, which are available in over 380 retail outlets across 40 US states, will also accelerate the development and distribution of SLANG’s Health & Wellness portfolio.

LBA CEO Eric Plantenberg said, “LBA Global is honored to join the SLANG family of brands at this exciting time in the evolution of the cannabis industry. Slang’s visionary leaders are highly skilled at curating a network of exceptional brands and deploying strategic initiatives that will create exponential and sustainable growth.  We believe our partnership will add long-term value to their portfolio, elevating the standards by which cannabis is extracted, edibles are manufactured, and consumer goods are distributed.”

Completion of the Transaction is subject to, among other things, the negotiation and execution of a mutually agreeable definitive acquisition agreement and related documents and the satisfaction or waiver of any conditions precedent to the consummation of the Transaction (including the receipt of any requisite regulatory and third-party approvals).