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VANCOUVER, BC, December 6, 2018 – Sproutly Canada, Inc. (CSE: SPR) (OTCQB: SRUTF) (FSE: 38G) (“Sproutly" or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the hiring of Bryan Semkuley to the senior leadership team as President of Sproutly to accelerate the Company’s strategic objectives of becoming a leading cannabis formulations company focused on beverages.

“We are pleased that Mr. Semkuley has chosen to join the leadership team of Sproutly as President,” said Keith Dolo, CEO and Chairman of Sproutly. “Bryan brings significant experience in branding, marketing, sales, and most importantly global product innovation and expertise from recognized multinational consumer packaged goods and beverage companies. Our ability to continue executing on our business objectives, defining our competitive advantages, and attracting top talent to our management team and board of directors further validates our commitment to becoming a leading cannabis company with a clear focus on the beverage category,” he concluded.

Bryan Semkuley is a seasoned executive with over 30+ years leading global innovation and marketing teams for Fortune 200 companies including Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB), Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD), and Labatt. Mr. Semkuley will focus on the execution of the Company’s strategic objectives, development of its operational plan, and will work diligently to tie in the different vertical divisions of sales, marketing, product innovation, operations, and branding to deliver top-line growth.

Mr. Semkuley has extensive experience and a proven established track record of building new and existing brands and businesses through new product development, channel relationships and commercial innovation. Prior to joining Sproutly, Mr. Semkuley was Vice President, Global Innovation/Industrial Sector at Kimberly-Clark, a US$19B NYSE-listed American multinational consumer packaged goods company focused on personal care products. Before joining Kimberly-Clark, Mr. Semkuley spent over 25 years at Anheuser-Busch InBev, a US$130B NYSE-listed beverage company, and Labatt as Vice President Global Innovation, Vice President Global Brand Marketing, and Vice President Marketing, amongst other roles.

“Bryan’s experience leading R&D, marketing and product innovation teams of more than 70 plus key staff, specifically focused on new product development, new global revenue streams, and creating brands that win, will provide value through Sproutly’s continual advancement to become a leader in cannabis beverages and formulations,” said Keith Dolo.

Mr. Semkuley commented, “I look forward to joining the Sproutly team and building the business during a very exciting time for the industry. Building new brands and businesses has been a passion of mine. I look forward to future success of Sproutly, especially with our exciting technologies.”

The appointment is subject to customary approvals of the Canadian Securities Exchange.

 
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Jonathan Davison, Beverage Analyst at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, identifies the defining beverage market trends in 2018:

1. Company diversification:

1.pngResponding to a game-changing shift in consumer attitudes towards health and wellness, carbonated soft drinks giants looked to protect their volume and value sales through category diversification. Delivering on its promise to become a "total beverage company", Coca-Cola led this trend through a wave of acquisitions across multiple industry sectors, as well as revamping the marketing of Diet Coke and Zero Sugar.

The company also expanded into other categories such as dairy alternatives, increased its energy and juice drinks portfolios and made its presence felt in Foodservice with the £3.9bn acquisition of Costa Coffee.

2. Combatting packaging waste:
2.pngThe strength of consumer demand for sustainable packaging solutions is driven by industry collaboration and company innovation.

Over 106 brands signed up to the UK's 'Plastic Pact', while PepsiCo joined Nestle, Danone and Origin Materials in the NaturALL Bottle Alliance. When asked about the effect of a tax on plastic products, *79% of global consumers indicated their shopping behaviour would change. In the UK, Government and industry have reflected this sentiment in a number of actions this year.

The Gov’t continues its consultation on a UK wide deposit return scheme (DSR) for drinks containers. Starbucks introduced a 'latte levy' of 5p on single-use paper cups, Carlsberg launched its pioneering 'snap packs' solution to bond packs of multiple cans together without using plastic rings and a number of resealable and recyclable can innovations have been launched. 

3. Cannabis-infused drinks:
3.pngFunctional beverages continue to play an important role in the beverages market with the perceived health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) driving a surge of interest amongst young consumers in 2018.  
 

This emerging sub-category has caught the attention of the biggest players in the market. Constellation Brands and Molson Coors made significant investments in August and both Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are keeping a watching brief on developments.

4. Blossoming plant-based sub-category:
4.pngVegans and vegetarians make up just *7% of the world's population so it is significant that attitudes to plant-based drinks from non-vegetarians shifted markedly in 2018, as the multi-layered benefits of these drinks became more apparent. The growing consumer interest in this sub-category has taken it mainstream, with market volumes set to increase by **5% in 2018.

Key developments in 2018 included Coca-Cola’s relaunch of its dairy-free smoothie brand AdeZ and the introduction of a range of plant-based milks under its Innocent brand, together with new launches from Starbucks and PepsiCo. 

5. Individualism and self-tailoring:
5.pngGlobalData's latest report, ‘‘TrendSights Overview: Individualism & Expression - Exploring the impact the Individualism & Expression mega-trend has on innovation across the FMCG space,2018, reveals thatconsumers are looking for more bespoke, individual experiences, with 61% of global consumers expressing an interest in creating their own products.

In the crisps market, Walkers’ ‘Salt 'n' Shake’ provides a good example of how well this concept can work and some soft drinks brands are now including similar options for customization. Kolibri Drinks launched of a range of botanical products this year which allow consumers to tailor the flavour and sugar content themselves, by using a syrup-based sweetener stored in the cap. This concept could be widely adopted by ready-to-drink (RTD) formats, providing consumers with more choice by offering customisation with convenience.

 
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(December 4, 2018)--Sproutly Canada, Inc. (CSE: SPR) (OTCQB: SRUTF) (FSE: 38G) (“Sproutly" or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the hiring of Melise Panetta to the senior leadership team as Vice President of Sales and Marketing to focus on the Company’s branding, marketing and sales objectives of becoming a leading cannabis formulations company focused on beverages.

Melise Panetta most recently led the sales strategy as Director of Sales for SC Johnson, a privately held global consumer packaged goods company, responsible for delivering profitable category and brand growth for 200+ customers across multiple classes of trade including Sobeys, Save on Foods, London Drugs, and Federated Co-op among others. Prior to her role as Director of Sales, Melise was Head of Marketing with responsibilities including realigning their investment strategy behind brands, establishing their strategic net revenue framework, and delivering strong market share gains. Previous to SC Johnson, Melise held roles of increasing responsibility at PEPSICO, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) for 8 years, and most recently as Senior Marketing Manager, Corporate Initiatives.

Melise holds a Master of Business Administration from York University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Honors, from University of Western Ontario.

“We are very excited for Melise to be joining the Sproutly leadership team. She brings a tremendous amount of sales, marketing, and branding experience from established consumer packaged goods and beverage companies to Sproutly,” said Keith Dolo CEO of Sproutly. “Her proven track record, along with her drive to form winning brands will allow Sproutly to successfully deliver on our product brand strategy,” concluded Keith.

 
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December 4, 2018

Louisville, KY – Verti-Lift presents scissor lift tables with tilt capabilities for unmatched ergonomics and product positioning, now available in stainless steel washdown designs.  Integrating the height adjustment of a scissor lift with tilt functions ensures that workpieces are always within easy reach of the operator.  Optional removable forks, like those show, automatically orient the workload for transport to next cell.  Lifting capacities of 2,000 – 4,000 pounds and tilt range of up to 60-degrees are suitable for a wide range of assembly line or batch production applications. In addition to the stainless steel washdown models, Verti-Lift Lift and Tilt tables are available in mild steel to suit application requirement.  The company works closely with distributors and system integrators to design, build and integrate their material handling equipment into new or existing facilities and production lines. 

All Verti-Lift lift and tilt tables feature easily accessible internal power units, heavy duty cylinders, hand or foot controls, heavy duty tubular frames, heavy duty hydraulic cylinders, and lifetime lubricated kingpin bearings to ensure a long service life with no maintenance.  Optional accessories which can be added to suit particular requirements include accordion skirts, oversized platform, platform with beveled edges, pit mounted, portability package, PLC controlled, foot pedal control, high cycle, and external power supply.  Also available in pneumatic designs; custom sizes available upon request.

Video demonstrations of Verti-Lift products can be seen on YouTube (search Verti Lift).  They are made in the USA and available from Material Handling Distributors nationwide. 

Verti-Lift manufactures a complete line of standard and custom materials handling and ergonomic equipment including Hydraulic and Pneumatic Scissor Lift Tables, Hydraulic and Pneumatic Tilters, Hydraulic and Pneumatic Work Positioners, Turntables, Operator Lifts, 2-Post Vertical Lifts, Self-Leveling Carts, Platform Trucks, and Work Stations and much more.  All products are made in the USA and are available through Material Handling Distributors nationwide.  For additional information visit www.verti-lift.com , Google+ Verti-Lift, Inc., by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call (502) 361-0180, or write Verti-Lift, Inc., 5559 National Turnpike, Louisville, KY  40214.

 
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Regina, Saskatchewan, December 3, 2018 – Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has been recognized by Aon as one of the nation’s best employers for the 16th year in a row.

“All of our employees have contributed to making FCC what it is today – a strong and stable partner to the Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry and a great place to work,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO. “To be honoured as a top employer in Canada is a reflection of this unified effort. We are proud of this organization and passionate about our work, and we are fully engaged in serving our customers and making positive contributions to Canadian agriculture.”

This is the fourth consecutive year Aon has recognized FCC as a Platinum employer and the 16th year FCC has been identified as one of the nation’s best employers by the international human capital and management consulting firm.

To be selected for the Platinum level, organizations have to demonstrate strong performance in the areas of employee engagement, leadership, performance culture and employment brand.

“Having highly-engaged employees across FCC is critical to our business success,” said Greg Honey, FCC executive vice-president, and chief human resources officer. “We know that when our employees have a strong emotional and intellectual commitment to the organization, they tend to go the extra mile for their co-workers and customers, and they’re more likely to choose to build a long-term career with the organization. That’s why we invest in things that help make a big difference to our employees - great leadership and a healthy culture.”

FCC is a self-sustaining federal Crown corporation with more than 1,800 employees working from coast to coast, in 98 offices.

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $33 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and its role in feeding an ever-growing world. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry. As a self-sustaining Crown corporation, our profits are reinvested back into the agriculture and food industry we serve and the communities where our customers and employees live and work while providing an appropriate return to our shareholder. Visit fcc.ca or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and on Twitter @FCCagriculture.

 

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