October 23, 2023 - BellRock Brands Announces Entry into the Arkansas Market, Expansion of its Product Offering in Missouri; Departure of General Counsel

AURORA, Colo., Oct. 23, 2023 /CNW/ - BellRock Brands Inc. ("BellRock" or the "Company") (CSE: BRCK.U), an industry-leading cannabis multi-state house of brands, announced today that the Company has entered into a licensing agreement with Dark Horse Medicinals, LLC ("Dark Horse") to bring the Mary's Medicinals® and Dixie™ Brands to Arkansas. BellRock's entrance into the Arkansas market continues the company's vision of expanding access to customers via partnerships with industry leaders such as Dark Horse. Mary's Medicinals products will be available in Arkansas in Q4 2023, with the launch of Dixie products expected to follow in 2024.

"Dark Horse is a cannabis leader in Arkansas. They have a customer-first mentality as evidenced by their market penetration and loyal consumer following. We are excited to launch Mary's award-winning patches and wellness products this year," stated Brian Jansen, President and CEO of BellRock Brands. "Dark Horse Medicinals is proud to partner with BellRock Brands to bring Mary's Medicinals and Dixie to Arkansas patients. We firmly believe in bringing quality and consistent products to the people of Arkansas and BellRock has a proven track record of each of those core values," said Casey Flippo, CEO of Dark Horse Medicinals.

Additionally, Dixie Brands is in the process of launching several new product lines in the state of Missouri under its licensing agreement with its strategic partner, BRB Missouri, LLC. Dixie Peak gummies, Dixie SYNERGY gummies, and Dixie Vapes will all be available throughout the state of Missouri by the end of 2023. Peak gummies will cater to the rapidly growing sub-category of high milligram products. SYNERGY gummies introduce ratioed and products containing minor cannabinoids. Dixie's new vapes showcase flavors that mirror the brand's most popular flavors such as Berry Blaze and Tropic Twist. The Missouri market has shown tremendous growth since its launch of adult use earlier this year.

BellRock is also continuing to execute its previously announced operational turnaround. Last year, the Company made several changes to senior management and engaged West 4th Holdings, LLC, a management consulting firm focused on improving operational productivity for small to mid-size companies. Under this leadership, BellRock continues to execute strategies to reduce costs, drive margin expansion, and improve cash flow. Alongside these operational actions, the Company has engaged creditors with the goal of lowering the Company's overall debt and interest burden. In pursuing a long-term success strategy, BellRock is considering all strategic alternatives to maximize value for its various stakeholders. These may include, but are not limited to, future corporate development activities, restructuring of debt obligations on its balance sheet, and raising new capital.

Today the Company is also announcing the resignation of Kerry Bilewski as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, effective November 1, 2023.


BellRock Brands is a multi-state cannabis house of brands possessing one of the industry's broadest product portfolios. BellRock offers more than 100 products via Dixie Brands™ and Mary's Medicinals®. Dixie Brands™ is a leading edibles and beverage company. Mary's Medicinals® is the leader in the cannabis health and wellness category. BellRock's products are currently offered in 11 US states and Canada.  BellRock is also home to Mary's Nutritionals™ and Mary's Tails™, and Mindset™. For more information, please visit www.bellrockbrands.com.


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SOURCE BellRock Brands Inc.

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