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Village Farms International Announces Start Up of Renewable Natural Gas Facility

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Village Farms International, Inc. announced the start of operations at the Delta RNG production facility in partnership with Terreva Renewables. The project aims to generate low-to-negative carbon emissions by converting landfill gas to high-demand RNG, contributing to environmental sustainability and profitability.
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  • The Delta RNG project will immediately contribute incremental cash flow and profitability to Village Farms.
  • RNG generates low-to-negative carbon emissions, playing a crucial role in the global transition to low-carbon energy sources.
  • The Delta RNG facility purifies and converts landfill gas to high-demand RNG using state-of-the-art technologies.
  • VFCE will receive a royalty on all revenue generated from the Delta RNG facility, enhancing shareholder value.
  • The project aligns with British Columbia's 30BY30 plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.
  • The output from the Delta RNG Project is expected to provide nearly 3% of British Columbia's targeted RNG volumes.
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The initiation of operations at Village Farms' Delta RNG facility, in collaboration with Terreva, marks a significant step in the company's shift towards sustainable energy solutions. The move into renewable natural gas (RNG) production is strategic, tapping into the growing demand for cleaner energy sources. RNG, as a low-to-negative carbon emission biofuel, aligns with global efforts to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and mitigate climate change impacts.

The long-term contract for the sale of the RNG produced here underpins the financial stability and projected cash flow benefits for Village Farms. The royalty agreement with Terreva provides a clear revenue stream, which should be attractive to investors seeking companies with sustainable and predictable earnings. Moreover, the project's expected contribution of nearly 3% to British Columbia's RNG targets under the Province's 30BY30 plan suggests a supportive regulatory environment and potential for future expansion.

The environmental implications of the Delta RNG facility are noteworthy. By converting landfill methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into RNG, this project directly reduces the harmful environmental impact of greenhouse gas emissions. This technology not only captures methane that would otherwise escape into the atmosphere but also transforms it into a viable energy source, contributing to the circular economy.

For stakeholders concerned with corporate environmental responsibility, this initiative demonstrates Village Farms' commitment to sustainability. It enhances the company's reputation as a leader in environmental stewardship, potentially influencing consumer and investor perceptions positively. The facility's alignment with the Greater Vancouver Area's energy needs and environmental goals reinforces the importance of regional investment and community-focused sustainability efforts.

From a financial perspective, the immediate impact on cash flow and profitability as stated by Village Farms is a positive signal to the market. The royalty-based revenue model minimizes operational risks and capital expenditure for Village Farms, which is a prudent financial strategy. Investors should monitor the actual performance of the Delta RNG facility against the projected financial contributions to assess the accuracy of the company's forecasts and the long-term viability of this revenue stream.

It is also essential to consider the scalability of this project and the potential for additional facilities, as this could significantly impact Village Farms' financial performance in the future. The company's stock valuation could see an uptick as a result of this development, but investors should weigh this against overall market conditions and the performance of the energy sector as a whole.

– Delta RNG Project Will Immediately Contribute Incremental Cash Flow and Profitability to Village Farms –

VANCOUVER, British Columbia and ORLANDO, Fla., April 03, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Village Farms International, Inc. (“Village Farms” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: VFF) today announced that operations have started at the Delta (British Columbia) Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) production facility, in partnership with Atlanta-based Terreva Renewables (“Terreva”). The Delta RNG facility is the result of Village Farms’ strategic initiative to transition its wholly owned subsidiary, Village Farms Clean Energy, Inc. (“VFCE”), to a more sustainable business model using advanced technologies. The Delta RNG project will immediately contribute incremental cash flow and profitability to Village Farms.

As a biofuel, RNG generates low-to-negative carbon emissions and is playing an integral role in the global transition to low-carbon energy sources by both offsetting fossil fuels and serving as a direct replacement for natural gas. Leveraging state-of-the-art technologies, the Delta RNG facility purifies and converts landfill (methane) gas that would otherwise escape into the atmosphere to high-demand RNG. The resulting RNG will be sold pursuant to a long-term contract. VFCE will receive a royalty on all revenue generated from the Delta RNG facility, which is owned and operated by Terreva.

“We are proud to contribute to environmental sustainability, while at the same time transitioning Village Farms Clean Energy’s model to one that will generate incremental cash flow, profitability and value for our shareholders, beginning immediately,” said Michael DeGiglio, President and Chief Executive Officer, Village Farms. “The RNG project continues our longstanding investment in the Greater Vancouver Area and is a unique opportunity to significantly reduce the harmful impact of landfill gas, while addressing the energy needs of the region.”

“We are thrilled to start up operation of this transformative facility and, in partnership with Village Farms, begin supplying British Columbia with RNG,” said Jason Byars, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Terreva. “This partnership is an excellent example of how Terreva unites world-class capabilities and expertise with creative and agile execution. We look forward to delivering the benefits of cleaner energy and air to the citizens of the Vancouver region for many years to come.”

The Delta RNG Project’s output is expected to provide nearly 3% of British Columbia’s targeted RNG volumes, which are part of the Province’s 30BY30 plan to reduce its customers’ greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030, with a goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050.

About Terreva Renewables

Terreva Renewables is an industry-leading developer, owner and operator of renewable natural gas projects. Terreva’s current platform comprises seven (7) assets - approximately 20,000 scfm of raw landfill gas (“LFG”) flow and 3.5 million MMBtu’s per year of RNG production (2024E) - in operation, construction, and advanced development. For more information, visit www.terrevarenewables.com.

About Village Farms International

Village Farms leverages decades of experience as a large-scale, Controlled Environment Agriculture-based, vertically integrated supplier for high-value, high-growth plant-based Consumer Packaged Goods opportunities, with a strong foundation as a leading fresh produce supplier to grocery and large-format retailers throughout the US and Canada, and new high-growth opportunities in the cannabis and CBD categories in North America, the Netherlands and selected markets internationally.

In Canada, the Company's wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, Pure Sunfarms, is one of the single largest cannabis operations in the world, the lowest-cost greenhouse producer and one of Canada’s best-selling brands. The Company also owns 70% of Québec-based, Rose LifeScience, a leading third-party cannabis products commercialization expert in the Province of Québec.

In the US, wholly-owned Balanced Health Botanicals is one of the leading CBD brands and e-commerce platforms in the country. Subject to compliance with all applicable US federal and state laws and stock exchange rules, Village Farms plans to enter the US high-THC cannabis market via multiple strategies, leveraging one of the largest greenhouse operations in the country (more than 5.5 million square feet in West Texas), as well as the operational and product expertise gained through Pure Sunfarms' cannabis success in Canada.

Internationally, Village Farms is targeting selected, nascent, legal cannabis and CBD opportunities with significant medium- and long-term potential, with an initial focus on the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

As used in this Press Release, the terms “Village Farms”, “Village Farms International”, the “Company”, “we”, “us”, “our” and similar references refer to Village Farms International, Inc. and our consolidated subsidiaries, and the term “Common Shares” refers to our common shares, no par value. Our financial information is presented in U.S. dollars and all references in this Press Release to “$” means U.S. dollars and all references to “C$” means Canadian dollars.

This Press Release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (the "Securities Act") and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), and is subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. This Press Release also contains "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. We refer to such forward-looking statements and forward-looking information collectively as "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements may relate to the Company's future outlook or financial position and anticipated events or results and may include statements regarding the financial position, business strategy, budgets, expansion plans, litigation, projected production, projected costs, capital expenditures, financial results, taxes, plans and objectives of or involving the Company. Particularly, statements regarding future results, performance, achievements, prospects or opportunities for the Company, the greenhouse vegetable or produce industry or the cannabis industry are forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking information can be identified by such terms as "can", "outlook", "may", "might", "will", "could", "should", "would", "occur", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "intend", "try", "estimate", "predict", "potential", "continue", "likely", "schedule", "objectives", or the negative or grammatical variation thereof or other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. The forward-looking statements in this Press Release are subject to risks that may include, but are not limited to: our limited operating history in the cannabis and cannabinoids industry, including that of Pure Sunfarms, Inc. (“Pure Sunfarms”), Rose LifeScience Inc. (“Rose” or “Rose LifeScience”) and Balanced Health Botanicals, LLC (“Balanced Health”); the legal status of the cannabis business of Pure Sunfarms and Rose and the hemp business of Balanced Health; risks relating to the integration of Balanced Health and Rose into our consolidated business; risks relating to obtaining additional financing, including our dependence upon credit facilities; potential difficulties in achieving and/or maintaining profitability; variability of product pricing; risks inherent in the cannabis, hemp, CBD, cannabinoids, and agricultural businesses; market position; ability to leverage current business relationships for future business involving hemp and cannabinoids; the ability of Pure Sunfarms and Rose to cultivate and distribute cannabis in Canada; existing and new governmental regulations, including risks related to regulatory compliance and regarding obtaining and maintaining licenses; legal and operational risks relating to expected conversion of our greenhouses to cannabis production in Canada and in the United States; risks related to rules and regulations at the US federal (Food and Drug Administration and United States Department of Agriculture), state and municipal rules and regulations with respect to produce and hemp, cannabidiol-based products commercialization; retail consolidation, technological advances and other forms of competition; transportation disruptions; product liability and other potential litigation; retention of key executives; labor issues; uninsured and underinsured losses; vulnerability to rising energy costs; inflationary effects on costs of cultivation and transportation; recessionary effects on demand of our products; environmental, health and safety risks, foreign exchange exposure, risks associated with cross-border trade; difficulties in managing our growth; restrictive covenants under our credit facilities; natural catastrophes; the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; and tax risks.

The Company has based these forward-looking statements on factors and assumptions about future events and financial trends that it believes may affect its financial condition, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this Press Release are based upon assumptions that management believes are reasonable based on information currently available to management, there can be no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control, which may cause the Company's or the industry's actual results, performance, achievements, prospects and opportunities in future periods to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the factors contained in the Company's filings with securities regulators, including this Press Release.

When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions, the Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on these statements, as forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties and should not be read as guarantees of future results, performance, achievements, prospects and opportunities. The forward-looking statements made in this Press Release relate only to events or information as of the date on which the statements are made in this Press Release. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date on which the statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Contact Information

Lawrence Chamberlain
Investor Relations
LodeRock Advisors
(416) 519-4196
lawrence.chamberlain@loderockadvisors.com


The Delta RNG project aims to convert landfill gas to high-demand RNG to generate low-to-negative carbon emissions and contribute to environmental sustainability.

Village Farms is partnering with Terreva Renewables for the Delta RNG project.

The Delta RNG Project's output is expected to provide nearly 3% of British Columbia's targeted RNG volumes.

VFCE will receive a royalty on all revenue generated from the Delta RNG facility, enhancing shareholder value.

British Columbia's 30BY30 plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.
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village farms leads the industry as premier grower and marketer in north america of branded, finest quality, hydroponic greenhouse grown produce. our great tasting fresh vine ripened tomato, bell pepper, and cucumber varieties are handpicked at the peak of flavor. at village farms we exceed customer expectations through our unparalleled commitment to quality produce, remarkable food safety standards, and sustainable growing practices utilizing leading edge environmental stewardship principles. our hydroperfect® growing methods produce vegetables 365 days a year that are healthier for people and the planet. at village farms we know what is good for the earth® is also good for business™.