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NEXE Announces First Delivery of Compostable Pods

VANCOUVER, BC, Aug 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ – NEXE Innovations Inc. (“NEXE” or the “Company”) (TSXV: NEXE) (Frankfurt: NX5) (OTC: NEXNF), a compostable and innovative materials company, proudly announces its first delivery of its BPI certified compostable, single-serve coffee pods to Awaken Brands Ventures Ltd. The delivery marks a significant step in NEXE’s drive to disrupt coffee consumption with a more sustainable option. Compostable pods account for a small piece of the 80+ billion total pods market, which is expected to grow by over 33% by 2028i. NEXE believes it is competitively positioned to capture market share of the large and growing global pod market.

NEXE’s partnership with Awaken Brands is the Company’s first foray into distributing its patented BPI compostable, single-serve pods for the Keurig® Brewing Systems*. NEXE believes this partnership supports Awaken’s sustainability ambitions while delivering superior quality coffee to workplaces, including offices, factories, and healthcare facilities. Awaken Brands oversees the entire process of making their products, from research and product development to sourcing, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution. Awaken is committed to reducing its environmental impact; and with the inclusion of NEXE’s BPI compostable pod, Awaken Brands is taking additional steps towards achieving its sustainability goals. NEXE’s BPI compostable, single-serve pods will be used for Awaken’s “ecobeans coffee” product line.

“Following several months of dedicated collaboration with NEXE Innovations, we are delighted to announce the arrival of our ecobeans coffee this August, packaged in NEXE’s BPI compostable pods. This achievement allows us to offer a sustainably sourced, single-serve coffee that we believe provides a superb pour-over experience,” says Alina Gogoescu, Co-Founder of Awaken Brands, “We are excited about the launch of ecobeans and to help bolster our clients’ sustainability initiatives with an eco-friendly compostable pod option.”

NEXE is now producing key components for its proprietary fully compostable beverage pod at its end-to-end manufacturing facility in Windsor, Ontario. The Windsor facility is capable of compounding resin, injection molding components, and dosing and sealing pods. For the coffee segment, NEXE can provide a fully integrated solution, including roasting and grinding coffee. A complete in-house manufacturing facility is a key part of NEXE’s strategy that NEXE expects will allow it to scale much faster and accelerate R&D to introduce other fully compostable solutions. View operations at Windsor Facility here: ecobeans Production Run

“We are thrilled to have reached this significant milestone, delivering the BPI compostable, single-serve pods to Awaken Brands,” stated Ash Guglani, President of NEXE Innovations. “Our dedication to R&D and our team’s relentless pursuit of excellence has made this possible. Our commitment is to provide sustainable, competitive compostable solutions to eliminate plastic waste.”

NEXE’s Competitive Edge
NEXE’s BPI certified compostable, single-serve beverage pods target the market of 80+ billion single-serve plastic and aluminum pods. NEXE’s single-serve pod features innovative technology protected by patents, allowing more volume per pod while delivering what the Company believes is an unrivaled “pour-over” coffee experience. The BPI certification is a third-party verification of ASTM standards for compostable products and is intended to protect consumers against false claims and greenwashing. The BPI certification also requires products to be PFAS-free. NEXE believes that these unique advantages are likely to position NEXE as a preferred choice for premium coffee brands seeking a sustainable solution. Read more here: NEXE Has Successfully Met the Testing Requirements for BPI Certification.

NEXE continues working with potential customers, including coffee brands and distributors, through the due diligence process. Over the next several months, production is expected to ramp up at NEXE’s 54,000-square-foot Windsor Facility.

*NEXE Innovations Inc. is not affiliated with, endorsed, or sponsored by Keurig®. Keurig® is a registered trademark of Keurig Dr Pepper Inc.

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