Pontus Announces Agreement With Leading Distributor

Posted on March 11, 2021

VANCOUVER, B.C., March 11, 2021. Pontus Protein Ltd. (TSXV: HULK, FSE: 8YC) (“Pontus” or the “Company”), in a move to develop sales, has signed a Letter of Intent (the “LOI“) with Canadian T&J International Development Inc. (“T&J“), a private arm’s length British Columbia corporation, and distributer to 80% of all Asian Supermarkets in Western Canada, with products including the well-known Natural World brands. The Agreement between Pontus and T&J covers potential distribution and sales of both Pontus Protein and Pontus Foods added-value products.

Connor Yuen, CEO of Pontus, stated, “Our market analysis identified the increase in meat reduction and the increase in demand for sustainable plant based protein across North America, yet this is still a fairly new phenomenon. In many Asian cultures, vegetarianism has been established for centuries, driven by access to meat, culture and religion. T&J’s comprehensive distribution to the Asian supermarkets, including T&T and most Asian Supermarkets, will give us access to this large existing market.”

Dean Liu, CEO of T&J added, “The demand for healthful plant based products in Asian supermarkets is well established, and we also see a move to gluten-free and low carbohydrate diets. Pontus Protein will meet these trends, and its versatility as a raw ingredient added into products will be very appealing to my clients. This agreement is for North American sales and distribution. Still, we also have significant sales in China that I believe we can access with Pontus, as it is such a strong product and Chinese people love Canadian products. Food is used as medicine, and people are often looking for the healthiest options for their wellbeing. In China, with the population growth, there is an increasing concern for food security. In the growing Chinese middle class, there is a thirst for premium and clean products, Pontus well meets these growing needs of the most populated country in the world.”

It is the intentions of Pontus and T&J to continue good faith negotiations to finalize a definitive agreement (a “Definitive Agreement“) that would cover distribution and sales, which will also include the economic terms of such arrangement. 

About Canadian T&J International Development Inc.

T&J is an international trader that supplies over 200 products, a distributor to 80% of all Western Canadian Asian Supermarkets, including T&T, Lucky Supermarkets, H-Mart, Foody World. A-mart and China World and online via Amazon and in Walmart in China. Our focus is on three categories, Grains and Beans, Spices and Dried Edibles. T&J has established sales and distribution channels for quality products, including the Natural World brand, ubiquitous in Asian Households. 

About Pontus Protein Ltd.

Pontus Protein Ltd. is a Vancouver, B.C. based agricultural technology company that will enable millions to rethink their food choices while helping people do the world a world of good. By offering sustainably grown plant based food options that are nutritious and delicious, we’re helping this kind of diet become the norm.

Pontus is reinventing agriculture with their proprietary Closed Environment Vertical Aquaponic System (CEVAS) – the farming of the future. Pontus specializes in the indoor vertical farming of water lentils that use 95% less water than traditional agriculture and no pesticides or chemicals. Pontus is committed to solving the global food crisis by providing access to sustainable indoor biosecure pure plant based proteins. Pontus’ water lentils can be harvested every 24 hours, exceed organic certification, and can be grown in any climate in a relatively small area. Our water lentil protein is filled with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and all the amino acids, making a complete protein food source. Pontus aims to revolutionize the plant based sector as the entire sector is currently based on two main protein sources: soy and pea. Water lentil protein is far superior to pea and soy protein. It contains over 40% protein vs. 5-36% protein*, and Pontus aims to be the base protein for plant based food products, leading to the movement transitioning the world from meat based to plant based proteins. 

To learn more, please visit www.pontuswaterlentils.com.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“Connor Yuen”

Connor Yuen, CEO
Pontus Protein Ltd. 

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Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements in this release are forward-looking statements, which reflect the expectations of management regarding the Company. Forward-looking statements consist of statements that are not purely historical, including any statements regarding beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions regarding the future, including but not limited to, the anticipated use of proceeds of the Offering, Including those from the Second Tranche, by the Company and Pontus’ ability to revolutionize the plant based sector and enable millions to rethink their food choices. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, performance or developments to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including risks related to factors beyond the control of the Company. These risks include, but are not limited to, the following: the unknown magnitude and duration of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the failure of Pontus to receive TSX Venture Exchange approval for the closing of the remainder of the Offering, Pontus’ inability to close further tranches of the Offering, the failure of Pontus to receive the necessary approvals from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for its products and facilities, the inability to complete Pontus’ Surrey Facility, as well as other general business, economic, or market related risks beyond the director control of the Company and which may affect the Company’s business, operations, or products. No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will occur or, if they do occur, what benefits the Company will obtain from them. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information if circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions should change, unless required by law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. 

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