CAPTIVA VERDE PROVIDES OPERATIONAL UPDATE

For Immediate Release La Quinta, California

Suite 201, 78080 Calle Amigo La Quinta, California 92253 Phone: 949.903.5906

Thursday, January 28, 2016 Canadian Securities Exchange Symbol: VEG United States OTC Market Symbol: ARDWF 56,198,924 Common Shares Issued

CAPTIVA VERDE PROVIDES OPERATIONAL UPDATE

La Quinta, California – January 28, 2016 Captiva Verde Industries Ltd. (“Captiva Verde” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide an update of the operations since our Sept. 28, 2015 commencement of commercial production. The Company’s strategic plan is to build Captiva Verde into the largest 100% pure play USDA certified organic vegetable producer.

Substantial effort and capital has been deployed to lay the foundation for a very large USDA certified organic vegetable operation. This mission has been accomplished.

Building an operation that attracts the largest and most well respected retail and wholesale food companies as customers, management needed to take, and subsequently undertook, a very aggressive large scale development and build out, avoiding an approach that would simply not offer the scale and size to attract the top players in the organic food industry. Any slower approach to growth, would take years to build, a situation the company could not afford if it were to capture its position in this most dynamic time within the explosive organic food revolution.

Captiva is now recognized as a top USDA certified organic vegetable producer, that is more than capable of very large scale operations. Captiva sells its USDA certified organic products to Dole Fresh Foods, Taylor Foods, Organic Girl, Pacific International Marketing, Fresh Express and a whole host of regional food companies.

Building a company that now has production capacity of 500,000 pounds per week was no simple task, and we are grateful to our shareholders and employees for making this vision and quest a reality. There is no large scale start up company in the world, that does not have its initiating pains, and we are typical of that large undertaking. Management is now focusing from being a seller in the spot market, to marketing 90% of our sales secured by long term produce purchase agreements. It was critically necessary to initiate our large scale undertaking as a spot market seller as world class buyers need to inspect first hand, our capabilities and food safety programs that are essential in the fresh organic produce business.

Captiva has earned both the coveted USDA organic certification, and is also certified food safety compliant under the most stringent food safety certification programs in the industry; grading 99% and 100% in its final grades.

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The first published financial results for the first full period of commercial sales will be reported in the Company’s audited 4th quarter financial statements for the period ending December 31, 2015.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Company and for further information, please contact:

Jeffrey Ciachurski
Chief Executive Officer
9 Landport, Newport Beach, California, USA 92660 Cell: (949) 903-5906 E-mail: Jeff@veg.net Website: www.veg.net

Michael Boyd
Director
Tucson, Arizona
Office: (502) 275-0979 E-mail: azmboyds@aol.com

CAPTIVA VERDE ADDITIONS TO BOARD AND MANAGEMENT TEAM

Captiva appoints Jiwani, Woods as directors, Dea as CFO

2016-01-25 09:08 ET – News Release

Mr. Jeffrey Ciachurski reports

CAPTIVA VERDE ANNOUNCES ADDITIONS TO BOARD AND MANAGEMENT TEAM

Captiva Verde Industries Ltd. has made additions to the board of directors and the management team with the goal of supporting the company’s strategic plans to build Captiva Verde into the largest U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified organic vegetable producer. This requires a focus on food-based, regulatory and governmental leadership, and, in this regard, the following additions will become effective as of Jan. 25, 2016.

Captiva Verde is pleased to announce that Noorudin Jiwani and Grant Woods have joined the board of directors.

Mr. Jiwani is the president and owner of Aliya’s Foods Ltd., which he co-founded with his wife Anis in 2000. This large, family-operated company has grown in 15 years from a start-up to an internationally recognized multimillion-dollar food corporation, with sales in Canada under the President’s Choice brand and the Chef Bombay label in the United States.

Mr. Jiwani is actively involved in a number of community-based organizations. Mr. Jiwani served two terms as a member on the board of the Alberta Food Processors Association. Mr. Jiwani is one of the 10 founding members of the chief executive officer club in Edmonton, made up of executives from the food industries. Mr. Jiwani is also a volunteer with the World Partnership Walk, raising funds from corporate and individual donors in support of international development programs.

Mr. Woods is one of Arizona’s most legendary, acclaimed and successful lawyers. Mr. Woods has obtained, for clients, record jury verdicts and settlements in the toughest of cases. Mr. Woods is whom other lawyers call with their big cases. Mr. Woods was the Attorney General for Arizona from 1991 to 1999. He has been a political and community leader for more than 30 years and was chief of staff for John McCain.

Lisa Dea, CPA, CA, has joined the company as chief financial officer. Ms. Dea has over 19 years of experience in the finance, securities and accounting fields. Ms. Dea has been the chief financial officer of several Toronto Stock Exchange-listed companies, where she was responsible for corporate strategy; all aspects of finance and legal, debt and capital market activities; managing banking relationships with U.S., Canadian and international banks; internal and external public reporting; as well as financial controls, processes and corporate governance. She has been instrumental in helping several companies grow from the development stage to large-scale commercial operations. Ms. Dea, previous to her time in industry, spent 11 years at Deloitte & Touche LLP, achieving the position of senior manager. Ms. Dea obtained her chartered accountant designation in 1997 and holds a BComm from the University of British Columbia.

To make room for the new directors and chief financial officer, Allan Silber, Morris Perlis and Chris Thompson have resigned their seats and office, respectively.

Ross Drysdale assumes the position of chairman of the board.

The company has granted 2.5 million common stock options at 50 cents, which are exercisable for five years.

The first published financial results for the first full period of commercial sales will be reported in the company’s audited fourth quarter financial statements for the period ended Dec. 31, 2015.

 

Captiva appoints LeBlond as SVP, sales, business dev

Captiva appoints LeBlond as SVP, sales, business dev

2016-01-11 07:24 ET – News Release

Mr. Jeffrey Ciachurski reports

CAPTIVA VERDE ANNOUNCES ADDITION TO MANAGEMENT TEAM

Captiva Verde Industries Ltd. has made an addition to its management team with the goal of supporting the company’s strategic plans to build Captiva Verde into the largest U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified organic vegetable producer.

Captiva Verde is pleased to announce that Peter LeBlond will be joining the company as senior vice-president — sales and business development. Mr. LeBlond is a senior business development sales executive with 25 plus years of professional produce experience with demonstrated leadership in identifying and capitalizing on market opportunities with large success.

Mr. LeBlond started his produce career with Chiquita Brands International in Boston as business development manager. Mr. LeBlond was IFCO Systems first hire and introduced disruptive game-changing products to major retail chains nationally in addition to working with growers and shippers on a national level.

Mr. LeBlond was also director, mass markets, for Alberts Organics as a key sales executive working in the U.S. and was instrumental in developing organic produce sales with retailers including: Ralphs (Kroger Corporate) Smart and Final, Sprouts, Albertsons, Vons, Safeway, and Stater Bros. Mr. LeBlond has an extensive history in producing sales growth for all the companies he has been employed.

The company has granted 250,000 common stock options at 50 cents exercisable for five years.

The first published financial results for the first full period of commercial sales will be reported in the company’s audited fourth quarter financial statements for the period ending Dec. 31, 2015.

 

Captiva story in Province weekend edition

VEG picked up by the Province

http://www.theprovince.com/life/vancouver+entrepreneur+plans+grow+business+cutting+cost+organic+produce/11640086/story.html

 

The vast arid sprawl of the sun-baked Sonoran-Colorado Desert does not inspire confidence in the signs welcoming visitors to the winter vegetable kingdom of Imperial Valley.

Bordered by the Colorado River to the east, the post-apocalyptic terrain of the Salton Sea to the west, the playground cities of the Coachella Valley to the north and Mexico to the south, the dry and dusty surface of Imperial Valley belies the region’s bounty.

Contrary to the hauntingly desolate landscape, a defiant eco-system bolstered by abundant sunshine and enviable water supply has taken root here to supply North America with fruit and vegetables, especially during the winter months.

“Welcome to my gardens in the desert,” booms Jeff Ciachurski to a curious carload of foodies and investors, as the barren land straddling California State Highway 111 gives way to fields of neatly planted organic vegetables.

It is here, in this corner of Southeastern California, that Ciachurski, a B.C. veteran of sustainable wind and solar energy projects, is turning over a new leaf and becoming a green giant.

And it is here that plans are being initiated to reduce the price of organic vegetables — a move that could affect the industry as a whole and boost the consumer’s buying power.

TRANSFORMED BY IRRIGATION

Once considered worthless and inhospitable, primarily due to a lack of water, Imperial Valley was shunned by many of the early Southern California farming pioneers until the turn of the last century,

In the 1930s, the All American Canal — a 130-kilometre long aqueduct to divert water from the Colorado River to Imperial Valley — was constructed and pumped new life into the unco-operative clay soils of the region.

Today, the canal system irrigates more than 250,000 hectares of good cropland, transforming one of the driest regions on earth into one of the most productive agricultural areas of the world.

Born and raised in Greater Vancouver, Ciachurski, 55, developed a profitable affinity with Mother Nature’s largesse at an early age.

“I have always believed that there is money to be made from the sun, wind and land God has given us,” said Ciachurski, a father of seven.

The son of a Polish father and an Asian mother, Ciachurski describes himself as coming from “a very poor immigrant family with humble beginnings.”

“I was taught early in life to set goals and go after them one at a time,” he said.

After graduating from BCIT’s mining school, Ciachurski started his first public company in 1985.

In 1999, with a handful of loyal investors, he founded Vancouver-based Western Wind to produce renewable energy from wind and solar power. The company was sold to Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners in 2013 for $420 million.

With almost two decades of experience as a CEO and director in the renewable energy industry, and after having completed over $1.7 billion in corporate transactions, Ciachurski turned his attention to organic farming.

In early 2014, he sowed the seeds for his new venture, Captiva Verde Industries Ltd. (CSE:VEG), which is now the only publicly-traded 100-per-cent organic farming company.

Operating under some of the world’s strictest organic farming rules, Captiva Verde’s operations, which are certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, span three locations totalling 3,671 acres.

The isolated fields in Arizona, Imperial Valley and Tehachapi are all at different elevations for production synced to optimal climate conditions.

“This allows for 365 days of harvesting and a crop rotation of between 20 baby vegetables and commodities,” said Ciachurski, adding that Captiva Verde is looking at another 2,270 acres in the region for organic cultivation.

Captiva Verde’s diverse organic crops include spinach, green chard, red chard, green romaine, red romaine, green oak, green tango, wild arugula, mizuna, green kale and red kale.

Expanded operations will produce broccoli and leafy vegetables including bak choy and tatsoi, favoured by the East Asian palate.

Harvesting targets from all the Captiva Verde fields range between 400,000 to 500,000 pounds per week.

“We are focused on becoming the No. 1 certified organic vegetable producer in North America,” said Ciachurski.

ORGANIC PRODUCE ON AVERAGE 69 PER CENT MORE EXPENSIVE

A cornerstone of Ciachurksi’s success over the years is the people around him.

In this case it’s David Pratt, Captiva Verde’s chief operating officer and executive vice-president of farm operations.

With 15 years of experience in large-scale farm operations, harvesting revenues of $65 million US annually, Pratt hails from a traditional farming family in which mom, dad and son all hold agronomy degrees from the University of Arizona.

“My family has been in the farming business for many generations. This is my dream job,” said Pratt, who was certified as a pest control adviser before joining Captiva Verde in 2014.

Pratt oversees a small army of well paid and loyal farm workers, agro-scientists, food safety experts, contractors and administrative staff to ensure Captiva Verde’s promise of treading lightly on the planet to produce healthy, organic greens is adhered to every day.

In his mid-30s, Pratt is also part of a growing trend where the younger generation is turning to tilling the land without pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.

This new generation, influenced by a growing consumer base that demands fresh and local food grown with minimal environmental effects, has taken to organic farming.

Agriculture data shows that 12 per cent of organic farmers in Canada are under 35 years old and the number is growing at a similar rate in the U.S. “It’s hard work but rewarding,” said Pratt, a father of two.

In addition to growing their operations and moving into new markets, Ciachurski and Pratt have also embarked on a mission to make organic produce more affordable.

Consumerreport.org, which conducted a study last year, found that, on average, organic foods were 47 per cent more expensive than conventional produce. A 2013 study by MacEwan University in Edmonton found that, on average, organic foods were priced 69 per cent higher than their conventional counterparts in Canadian grocery stores. The premium varied across different food categories.

“We need to remove the price barrier so more people can eat healthily,” said Ciachurski.

“There is just too much fat in the middle and we are working on ways to streamline the farm-to-market system and avoid too many middlemen,” said Ciachurski.

For example, a pound of organic broccoli is $1.50-$2 when it leaves a farm in California. By the time it reaches B.C. consumers at the supermarket, after going through a supply chain that includes processors and brokers, the broccoli sells for up to $16 per pound.

INVESTMENT TREND TOWARDS ORGANIC FOOD

The demand for organic foods, estimated to grow at a conservative 15-20 per cent annually, is also attracting investments by money managers and individuals looking for gains from socially responsible assets.

Jeff Kowal, a veteran Toronto-based investment adviser, said he was attracted to Captiva Verde because of Ciachurski’s public market pedigree, the operational plan for year-round harvest and the “tough-to-get” USDA certification.

“I have about a million shares now in Captiva Verde and it’s a personal investment that makes me feel good,” he said.

Kowal said large institutional investors are also eyeing operations like Captiva Verde because “it’s all good news when it comes to organic farming and there is not enough of it.

“The market is also excited about Jeff’s plans to bring down the cost of organic produce by reducing the middlemen operations between the farm and the supermarket shelf,” said Kowal.

Max Meier, the chief executive officer of Vancouver-based PI Financial Corp., whose company manages more than $2 billion in client assets, described Ciachurski as an “innovative and tireless go-getter.”

“There is an upward trend in people wanting to have socially responsible companies in their portfolios and Captiva Verde is one of them,” said Meier, former chairman of the Vancouver Stock Exchange.

“I had two doctors who are clients of mine who recently called to thank me for putting their money into Captiva Verde. This does not happen often.”

While big money is being attracted to organic farming, Ciachurski also believes operations like his provide good investment vehicles for individuals looking for companies that share their social commitments.

“Some institutional investors tend to focus on larger companies with hundreds of millions in market capital, and some of them want to micromanage your affairs… The smaller mom-pop investors, they share in your struggle,” he said.

Sam Hirji, owner of Vancouver-based Samco Printers, is one of those smaller investors.

“I feel good about investing in something that is part of my everyday life,” said Hirji, who recently toured Captiva Verde’s Imperial Valley farms. Dr. Jonathan Lloyd, an agricultural consultant with Farmlytics, said that Canada has the fifth largest market for organic food globally, after the U.S., Germany, France and China.

In 2013, Canada ranked 10th in terms of the total area of organic and in-conversion organic land.

Despite this, only 1.3 per cent of total farmland in Canada is organic.

In an analysis published by Modern Agriculture, Lloyd said the Canadian organic sector in 2015/16 is positive, with accelerated growth in both consumption and production.

One of the key reasons for the growth is the push toward labelling for GMOs. Consumers concerned about the use of the technology will see organic as providing greater assurance of being GMO-free compared with other labels.

For Ciachurski, organic farming promises a bountiful harvest for years to come:

“It’s all about healthy foods for healthy profits,” he said.

THE NUMBERS BEHIND NORTH AMERICA’S ORGANIC FOOD INDUSTRY

$3.7b: Value in sales of the total Canadian organic market. Food and beverages (including alcohol) account for roughly 96 per cent, with the remainder in smaller categories such as fibre and textiles, personal care, supplements and pet foods.

In the U.S., consumer sales of organic products is expected to exceed $39 billion in 2015.

3,713: According to Statistics Canada, Canada is home to 3,713 certified organic operations. Saskatchewan was home to the largest number, followed by Quebec.

While the total number of farms in Canada declined by 17 per cent from 2001 to 2013, the number of organic operations grew by 66.5 per cent. In the U.S., California continues to lead in certified organic cropland, with over 405,000 acres, nearly half of which is used for fruit and vegetable production.

2 miilion: The number of certified organic farmers worldwide in 2015 was two million (up five per cent from 2014), and globally 43 million hectares is farmed organically. In 2013, Canada ranked 10th in terms of the total area of organic and in-conversion organic land. Australia was No. 1, followed by Argentina, then the U.S.

500: B.C. is home to approximately 500 certified organic producers on 61,000 acres, as well as 110 organic processors and handlers (representing about 13 per cent of all Canadian organic operators).

While B.C. represents 13 per cent of the Canadian population, the province accounts for 22 per cent of organic food and beverage sales (over $662 million in 2012).

98 per cent: When asked in a recent survey about their buying intentions over the next year, 98 per cent of B.C. respondents indicated they planned to maintain or increase their purchases of organic fruit and vegetables.

Fresh fruit and vegetables make up more than 40 per cent of all organic sales at mainstream retailers. Sixty-six per cent of British Columbians buy organic groceries on a weekly basis, making B.C. the province with the most weekly organic grocery purchases per capita in the country.

B.C. consumers of organics spend $19 more per week on average than conventional shoppers. In the U.S., 51 per cent of families are buying more organic products than a year ago.

75 per cent: The Canada Organic Trade Association estimates that about 75 per cent of all organic retail sales consist of imported products, mostly from the U.S.

$72 billion: Global retail sales of organic food are estimated at $72 billion US, according to the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture and International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements.

North America represents 48 per cent of this global demand. As a result of equivalency trade agreements, Canada has access to 96 per cent of the current global market for organic products.

Canada has the fifth largest market for organic food globally (valued at $63 billion US annually) after the U.S., Germany, France and China.

$58: An organic grower keeps $58 of every $100 generated, compared to $31 for a conventional farmer, according to a document titled Organic Advantage: Transition to Higher Profits.

12 per cent: 12 per cent of organic farmers in Canada are under 35 years old, compared to eight per cent in the farm industry overall. Organic farms create jobs at twice the rate of conventional farms. Although organic farms represent 1.8 per cent of farms in Canada, the organic sector employs 3.75 per cent of the total farm workforce.

fdawson@theprovince.com

VEG new 52 week high today

VEG touched an intra day high today .77

some back of the napkin numbers from gogogreen on SH

The company original yields projection is 650,000 pounds per week. Later they announced the yield exceeded the projections. In the 10/26 press release, On both Oct. 22 and 23, Captiva produced over 130,000 pounds per day equal to 910,000 pounds per week. We take average, it is 780,000 pounds per week. 780,000 x 53 weeks = 41.3 Million pounds per year. From 2014 captiva’s fund raising slide, they can sell $1.18 for each pound and 20% net profit. So the revenue is at least $48.73 Million and profit about $10million US dollars. The acres of imperial valley farm is 1.5x larger than Arizona. The yields should be 1.5x and there are overlap between transitions. So we may possibly see much higher revenue. Even with conservative 10 million net profit and P/E = 20 , the company worths over US $200M which is CAD $274 Million. Assume, outstanding shares is 85M. We should see at least $3.22 CAD by Sep 2016. Once the 1st profit number is out, the big funds will be in. There are very little public organic farming companies. Organic food is future. Look at The other big organic company WhiteWave Foods Company (WWAV) has PE =43. Captiva has all they need to expand. They can easily expand the farms 2x in 2016. We may see $5 easily in 2016 and $10 in 2017. Captiva is traded as penny stock but has real and strong business.

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CAPTIVA VERDE COMMENCES LARGE SCALE IMPERIAL VALLEY REVENUE OPERATIONS

La Quinta, California – November 23, 2015 Captiva Verde Industries Ltd. (“Captiva Verde” or the “Company”) announces on Friday evening, November 20th, large-scale USDA certified organic vegetable sales commenced from Imperial Valley, California. Revenue sales from production harvesting continues almost daily and consists of a mixed variety of USDA certified organic leafy green vegetables.Captiva is now producing from two regions; Central Arizona and Imperial Valley, California. Imperial Valley is famous for being the single largest producer of winter vegetables in the entire United States; and is endowed with abundant supplies of water, derived from priority water rights from the Colorado River system.

The earliest available published financial results from the first full period of commercial sales will be reported in the company’s audited 4th quarter financial statements for the period ending December 31, 2015 and available at the end of April 2016.

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Captiva started planting Imperial on Oct. 7 and will total 902 acres in Imperial in this phase 1 program. Production continues daily from its Arizona operations, and on both Oct. 22 and 23, Captiva produced over 130,000 pounds per day.

Production harvesting and sales continue under excellent and ideal growing conditions.

The first published financial results for the first full period of commercial sales will be reported in the company’s audited fourth-quarter financial statements for the period ending Dec. 31, 2015.

Captiva Verde Industries Ltd. (“Captiva Verde”) is a grower and seller of organic greens according to USDA regulations and best practices in the organic industry

• Focused on becoming a leading independent certified organic vegetable producer

• Management brings experience from the largest organic vegetable operator in the US

• Three areas: Arizona, Imperial Valley and Tehachapi, which total 1,646 acres (~3,671 acres in signed leases), as well as an additional 2,470 acres under review

– Crop rotation between 20 baby vegetable commodities
– Diversified and isolated field locations minimize risk of  pathogenic diseases and insect management issues
– Year-round production using optimal climates for each season

Our Farms

• Imperial Valley – winter months

• Tehachapi – spring and summer months

• Central Arizona – shoulder months

All Season Production

Tehachapi
Imperial Valley
Central Arizona

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long the canada buck 5 wave down to 75% retrace off its 62c low……watch the sky …world wide inflationary boom of unparraleld proportions is about to get underway imo………

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