NEWS BRIEF Alberta’s online cannabis store pauses chocolate sales due to melting concerns
Published 1 hour ago | By Solomon Israel
Alberta’s government-operated online cannabis retailer is pausing internet sales of cannabis-infused chocolates for more than two months, citing the effects of summer heat on chocolate shipments to consumers.
“To avoid our online customers receiving melted products, chocolates won’t be available online from June 29, 2020, to September 7, 2020, subject to change pending weather conditions,” said AlbertaCannabis.org in a notice posted June 26.
Cannabis chocolate products will still be available in Alberta through the province’s bricks-and-mortar cannabis retailers, which number almost 500. AlbertaCannabis.org carried about 27 SKUs of cannabis-infused chocolate, Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis spokeswoman Chara Goodings told Marijuana Business Daily in a statement.
Goodings wrote that the online retailer had not received complaints about melted chocolates from customers, “but in order to maintain high product quality and stability, AlbertaCannabis.org decided to temporarily halt the sale of edible chocolates to online customers during the warmer months.”
“As shipping chocolates during the summer is a challenge, AlbertaCannabis.org has always planned for edible chocolates to be seasonal,” Goodings added.
Ray Gracewood, senior vice-president of marketing and communications with cannabis producer Organigram, said the company’s cannabis chocolate sales in Alberta are “relatively heavily skewed” towards retail stores over online purchases.