Calyx Peak’s Josh D Brand Dominates at 16th Emerald Cup

FOXBOROUGH, MA, December 19, 2019 — Calyx Peak’s Josh D Farms put on a dominating display of genetic excellence and cultivation prowess by placing four of its strains in the top ten of the Mixed Light Flower Category, including the overall top prize for its Ice Cream Cake strain. Josh D Farms once again received industry-wide recognition at the 2019 Emerald Cup, the most respected cannabis competition in the world, this past weekend. The company won 1st place for Ice Cream Cake, 5th place for Ghost OG, 7th place for Dynasty OG and 10th place for Motor Breath in the Licensed Mixed Light Flower Category. For the second year in a row, Josh D Farms was the cultivator with the most top-ten finishes.

Founded by Josh Del Rosso, Josh D made an early mark on the cannabis scene being credited as one of the originators of Los Angeles’ OG Kush movement. Del Rosso was among the city’s first cultivators to couple hydroponic indoor growing with what would become one of the most famous cannabis varietals in history. As a result, the majority of the California cannabis market is now a derivative of the exact cultivar that was made famous by Josh D Farms.

For more than two decades, Josh D Farms has focused exclusively on cultivating products using OG Kush genetics and hydroponic horticulture techniques. Today, Del Rosso brings his rich history and expert knowledge of the strain to his connoisseur-caliber line of products. Josh D Farms is based in Southern California and operates a 235,000 square-foot cultivation facility in Santa Barbara County. The company is owned and operated by Calyx Peak Companies, a vertically integrated multi-state operator based in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

“I am honored and humbled that our team has received these awards. Hats off to Dan Wittlinger and Arnoldo Roman, who lead our growing team, for doing such great work,” says Josh Del Rosso, Calyx Peak’s Vice President of Josh D Brands. “We have made great progress since our 2nd and 9th place last year and I see continued improvement ahead, even as we scale the business”.

“Our performance in the coveted Emerald Cup year after year, is a true result of our team’s efforts, genetics, and the facility builds we have,” says Dan Wittlinger, Calyx Peak’s Director of Cultivation. Dan is also the founder of Calyx Peak’s Local brand, from which the winning strain of Ice Cream Cake was lent in collaboration with Josh D Farms.

“We are very proud of our flower products coming out of our facility,” says Arnoldo Roman, Cultivation Director at the Josh D Farm in Santa Barbara.

The Emerald Cup prides itself on bringing together the best breeders, manufacturers, cultivators, experts, and educators in the cannabis field to farmers, patients, and patrons each year. It is a community celebration that has grown to become a global movement honoring the year’s finest cannabis harvest and draws more than 35,000 attendees a year.

“This is such a great honor and a real testament to Dan, Arnoldo, and Josh,” says Ed Schmults, CEO of Calyx Peak. “The amazing thing is that we are able to do this level of quality at scale – and we expect to continue to improve even as we grow our capacity. I can’t wait to see what our farm can do in 2020!”

About Calyx Peak
Calyx Peak is a leading multi-state operator looking to lead the legal cannabis revolution. As a multi-state operator, Calyx Peak operates over 275,000 square feet of cultivation, extraction and distribution facilities across multiple states. The company launched with a small investment in Nevada and quickly expanded to four states (1 pending). Josh D and Local are two of Calyx Peak’s brands. Josh D Farms has focused exclusively on cultivating products using OG Kush genetics and hydroponic horticulture techniques. Now, carrying the legacy of OG Kush over to a new era, Josh D Farms is the hyper-specialist in producing the cleanest, clearest, connoisseur-caliber cannabis varietals on the market. For more information, please visit

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