Boulder, Colo.—PRESS RELEASE—Wana Brands, a producer of cannabis infused edibles, was named Cannabis Manufacturer of the Year at the fourth annual Colorado Manufacturer Awards on Thursday, April 4. Wana Brands COO Dan O’Connor accepted the award on behalf of the Wana team. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in 15 manufacturing sectors, from biotech to breweries and everything in between. This is the first year the Awards program, which is presented by CompanyWeek and Manufacturer’s Edge, has recognized Colorado’s burgeoning cannabis manufacturing sector. Other finalists in the cannabis category included Incredibles and Green Dot Labs. Finalists were selected for their excellence in three areas: quality control, sustainability and community involvement.
“Receiving the Colorado Manufacturing Award for Cannabis Manufacturer of the Year is a confirmation of Wana Brands’ leading-edge position in manufacturing abilities,” O’Connor said. “Retailers know they can trust Wana Brands for its professionalism and unwavering commitment to quality and reliability across all of its products, and that begins with having the right manufacturing in place.”
Quality Control was considered in the nomination process. All Wana Brands products undergo rigorous internal and external testing to ensure precise dosage and consistency. The company adheres to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) guidelines through detailed and consistent documentation of the manufacturing process, ensuring that label claims are accurate. Since 2017, Wana has experienced a 125-percent increase in sales and therefore the same increase in production capacity, all the while decreasing labor by 50 percent (indirect labor from 15 percent to 7.5 percent) by streamlining and optimizing processes throughout production, labeling and packaging. Wana will be implementing new and innovative processes in 2019 that encompass proprietary custom equipment that enable the company to package and tamper proof its products on a significantly larger scale, which will further drive down costs while increasing margins. In 2018,