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08/22/14
Study says Ontario is shortchanging itself with monopoly on booze
Ontario's governing Liberals are shrugging off a new report claiming consumers could pay less for booze and the province could brew more profit from alcohol sales if the government opened up the business to more retailers.
08/21/14
Okanagan College Unlocks the Secret to Local Wine Success
Professors at Okanagan College have conducted extensive research to find out what motivates wine visitors to come to the valley, and what is needed to ensure they return. Along with the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and the British Columbia Wine Institute the team discovered the "greatest influence on visitor motivation."
08/21/14
Beer and Wine in Stores Would Boost Ontario Taxes: Report
Breaking down Ontario's prohibition-era liquor laws to allow local stores to sell alcohol would lower prices while generating more revenue for the government than current "quasi-monopolies," according to a new report.
08/21/14
Canadians Want The Government to Remove Wine Barriers
A new Harris Decima poll shows that Canadians want the federal government to remove the limitation on importing wine from other provinces. About half of Canadians say they drink wine at least occasionally and nationally 17 per cent say they drink wine regularly, while 36 per cent say they drink wine occasionally.
08/21/14
Ontario: Locally-made wine may be in farmers' markets next year
The fallout from this year's harsh winter may allow a Lambton County winery to sell wine next year at farmers' markets.
08/21/14
Windsor: Farmers' market wine sales slow to start
A provincial pilot project to sell VQA wines at farmers' markets may need more flexibility to be beneficial, local wineries say. "Everybody, all the members are committed to it, and we're sticking with it, but I think it's going to take some time," said Ann Wilson, president and general manager of Oxley Estate Winery.
08/21/14
Skinnygrape wine brand embraces PET
Another alcohol brand has looked beyond glass to offer a new line in PET packaging. Andrew Peller Limited has introduced skinnygrape spritzers in a 330ml barrier PET bottle from Amcor Rigid Plastics. The beverage was previously only available as a low-calorie wine in a 750ml glass bottle
08/20/14
Red Wine and Blue Gold: Ontario's embrace of water conservation in winemaking
"You simply turned on a tap, and the water went down the drain, and that's all you had to know about water management 20 years ago."
08/20/14
5 ways trade barriers are harming Canada's economy
Thanks to a new agreement between Ottawa and the European Union, Canada and the EU appear to be opening up freer trade terms than what's currently in place between the provinces. Provincial wine and craft beer monopolies that control and restrict distribution in their jurisdictions are arguably the most discussed impediments within Canada's tangle of internal trade barriers, according to experts.
08/20/14
Ontario losing money to liquor monopoly, study finds
Western provinces with more competition had seven per cent more per capita in provincial alcohol profits than those with government-run monopolies, according to the report written by two economists
08/19/14
Leaked trade deal threat to Canadian wine
Canada's wine industry could face new restrictions within its own borders, if a leaked EU trade deal turns out to be accurate.
08/18/14
Canada's wine industry may face restrictions if leaked EU trade deal is accurate
Meanwhile, critics are now questioning why Canadian stakeholders are learning about the deal from Europeans and not their own government.
08/12/14
BC: Bradley Cooper Joins Naramata Winery as Winemaker
Naramata's award-winning Serendipity Winery is proud to introduce acclaimed Okanagan winemaker Bradley Cooper as the newest member of the Serendipity winemaking team.
08/08/14
Ontario's embrace of water conservation in winemaking
Ontario's wine industry has grown rapidly from a promising, local curiosity to a burgeoning international presence, and the Wine Council of Ontario is working to ensure that the industry's management of natural resources can keep pace. Utilizing the expertise of the BLOOM Centre as an enabler and facilitator, the Wine Council is turning Ontario's wine sector into a hotbed for sustainable water innovation.
08/07/14
Supplier News: iSys Label to Showcase GHS BS5609-Compliant Label Printer at Labelexpo Americas 2014
iSys Label will be showcasing the EDGE 850, a roll to roll digital label printer for printing full color BS5609-compliant chemical drum labels on demand at the upcoming LabelExpo Americas tradeshow
08/07/14
Frigid winter did a number on Niagara region's vines
Good luck finding a 2014 merlot from Niagara when you're shopping for wine over the next couple of years.
08/05/14
Niagara wineries take a hit after harsh Ontario winter
Ontario's wine region was yet another victim of the long, cold winter and grape numbers may be dwindling because of it.
08/04/14
Heated backlash in New Brunswick over policies that would require breweries to sell beer in government-run liquor stores
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says the policy, which came into effect last month, will inhibit small business growth
08/04/14
Polar vortex wipes out 2014 Niagara Merlot
The polar vortex earlier this year has all but wiped out the Merlot crop in Niagara, with Sauvignon Blanc also severely affected.
08/01/14
Top international wines compete in Niagara
Exceptional and best-value vintages will battle it out at a prestigious Niagara competition next week.
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