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Verano Reimagines (the) Essence Brand and Introduces (the) Essence Nectar Line in Core Markets, Combining Bespoke Graphic Art and Terpene-Rich Full-Spectrum Cannabis Products

(the) Essence genetics are carefully selected to deliver a spectrum of experiences to cannabis consumers, spanning timeless product formats including flower, pre-rolls, vapes, edibles and extracts

  • (the) Essence portfolio - including the all-new Nectar line of terpene-rich cured resin products - is comprised of both novel and timeless genetics harvested and cured for optimal taste, aroma and experience
  • Redesigned and repositioned brand broadens accessibility through expanded product mix, harnesses timeless product formats embraced by the core cannabis consumer, offers extensive strain variety and promulgates bespoke, strain-inspired graphic illustration in collaboration with various artists
  • The Company is seeking submissions from artists and creators to join the brand community in designing future packaging artwork; submissions can be entered on Verano.com
  • (the) Essence is now available in nine of the Company’s core markets, including Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, with plans to scale to Florida and Connecticut in the future

CHICAGO, Nov. 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Verano Holdings Corp. (NEO: VRNO) (OTCQX: VRNOF) (“Verano” or the “Company”), a leading multi-state cannabis company, today announced the strategic repositioning of (the) Essence cannabis brand, an expansive collection of novel and timeless genetics harvested and cured for optimal taste, aroma and experience. In addition to the brand evolution, the Company has enhanced (the) Essence product portfolio by introducing (the) Essence Nectar line of full-spectrum, terpene-rich resin vapes, and soon will launch single-strain cured resin gummies available in O.G. Strawberry and Bonsai Berry flavors. Formerly part of the Verano namesake brand portfolio, the now standalone (the) Essence branded line of products is available across the Company’s national footprint in nine core markets - Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia – with plans to scale to Florida and Connecticut in the future.

As an imperative to the brand’s enhanced aesthetic, the Company created (the) Essence Artist Collection featuring custom strain-specific graphic illustrations on packaging designed in collaboration with a community of artists.

“Embracing a brand identity and creative philosophy centered around bespoke graphic art enables us to build more meaningful connections with our consumers, providing value that’s incremental to that of the high-grade cannabis product inside of pack,” said David Spreckman, Verano Chief Marketing Officer. “(the) Essence redesign also presented an opportunity for innovation through R&D, as we’ve expanded the product mix to drive further differentiation across our markets with the introduction of the new Nectar product line. With that development, (the) Essence portfolio now captures each of the industry’s three leading CPG categories from a volume perspective in flower, vapes and edibles.”

Genetics in (the) Essence products are carefully selected, bred and pheno-hunted to deliver hand-crafted quality, consistency and variety. (the) Essence product portfolio includes:

  • Flower: An expansive collection of both novel and timeless genetics on regular rotation, harvested and cured for optimal taste, aroma and experience.
  • J’s Pre-rolls: Experience timeless and classic strains through (the) Essence 1g pre-rolls and 2.5g 5-packs of pre-rolls. All are meticulously packed with ground flower - the perfect companions for life’s on-the-go adventures.
  • Classic Vape: Distilled cannabis oil with botanically derived terpenes that pack a flavorful punch and consistent experience. Classic vapes are available in .3g disposable pens, .5g carts and 1g carts.
  • Nectar Vape: (the) Essence flower is cured and BHO-extracted from single strain runs into full-spectrum, high-terpene and uniquely flavorful resin vapes. It’s the Essence of a select strain expressed in the convenience of a .5g or 1g cartridge or .3g disposable pen.
  • Xtract: (the) Essence of flower is extracted using ethanol or butane and curated into time-tested textures such as Shatter, Crumble, Wax and Cured Resin.
  • Nectar Gummies: (the) Essence flower cured and BHO-extracted from single strain runs into full-spectrum, high-terpene and uniquely flavorful resin gummies. Juicy fruit flavors paired perfectly with rich and abundant cannabis terpenes from the best of (the) Essence genetic library.

(the) Essence accompanies the Company’s expansive brand portfolio that includes its namesake Verano Reserve flower, Swift Lift mini pre-rolled joints, extracts and vaporizers; MÜV flower, pre-rolled joints, vaporizers, concentrates, topicals, oral sprays, EnCaps capsules, tinctures, transdermal patches and gels; Savvy flower and vaporizers, larger-format cannabis products catering to more value-driven patients and consumers; BITS low-dose, high-function edibles; Encore Edibles, hand-crafted cannabis gummies, hard candies, mints, caramels and chocolates; and Avexia topicals, tablets, tinctures and RSO products that are made to effortlessly enhance any self-care routine.

For more information about (the) Essence products and Verano, visit (the) Essence webpage (https://verano.com/brand/the-essence/) on www.verano.com. (the) Essence images are available for download here, and more Verano images, video and brand logos are available on the Company’s newsroom.

About Verano
Verano Holdings Corp. (NEO: VRNO) (OTCQX: VRNOF), one of the U.S. cannabis industry’s leading companies based on historical revenue, geographic scope and brand performance, is a vertically integrated, multi-state operator embracing a mission of saying Yes to plant progress and the bold exploration of cannabis. Verano offers a superior cannabis shopping experience in medical and adult use markets under the Zen Leaf and MÜV dispensary banners and produces a comprehensive suite of high-quality, regulated cannabis products sold under its diverse portfolio of trusted consumer brands including Verano, MÜV, Savvy, BITS, Encore, and Avexia. Verano’s active operations span 13 U.S. states, comprised of 14 production facilities with over 1,000,000 square feet of cultivation capacity. Learn more at www.verano.com.

Contacts:

Media
Verano
Grace Bondy
Senior Manager, Communications
Grace.Bondy@verano.com

Investors
Verano
Julianna Paterra, CFA
Vice President, Investor Relations
Julianna.Paterra@verano.com

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