After announcing in 2013 that British Columbians may soon be able to buy alcohol with their groceries, the provincial government outlined today (March 6) its plan for grocery store liquor sales. The B.C. government is moving to implement a two-part model that will be in place by early 2015.
The B.C. government is permitting beer, spirits and wine to be sold in local grocery stores through separate cashiers by 2015. B.C. Justice Minister Suzanne Anton says expanded liquor sales will also be allowed in other places.
Repeated thermometer plunges near or below -20°C in Niagara - conditions not seen in years - are taking a toll on Ontario's orchards. And Vineland Estates, winemaker Brian Schmidt says it's cold-averse varieties like Merlot, Sauvignon blanc and Syrah that have suffered the worst. These varieties can endure bud damage at readings of -19°C or lower.
Diageo, the world's leading spirits, wine and beer company, and Wirtz Beverage Group, a leading distributor of the world's top luxury and premium wine, spirits and beer brands, today announced that they have signed an agreement naming Wirtz Beverage as the exclusive national broker for Diageo beer, wine, spirits and Ready to Drink (RTD) brands in Canada.
The new head of NB Liquor doesn't expect to see beer and wine for sale in New Brunswick corner stores any time soon. Brian Harriman has been on the job as the president and chief executive officer for about a month and has launched a review of the Crown corporation's retail strategy. ?Harriman says he'll look at the idea of sales in convenience stores, but he doesn't expect it to happen
This Saturday, as they have for the past 25 years, the Ontario wine industry and supporters will come together to taste wine. Over time, the by-invitation gathering, dubbed the Experts Tasting, has looked at specially selected wines grouped by theme to gain better understanding of which styles best express Ontario's growing conditions and how local wines compare with benchmark bottles from around the world.
British Columbia Wine Institute says wider sales threaten local wineries. "Our biggest concern is a grocery store getting hold of a liquor license, frankly," said Miles Prodan, president and CEO of the B.C. Wine Institute, at a seminar held by Law Seminars International this week to review legal issues associated with the wine business in B.C.
On Monday's Edmonton A.M., Justice Minister Jonathan Denis told the CBC's John Archer that it's worth having the discussion, particularly about staggering bar closing hours. "There has been quite a conversation the last 18 hours or so on my Facebook and Twitter about whether or not this would increase people's safety," Denis said.
The report contains a total of 73 recommendations that touch on everything from how alcohol is sold and purchased to how it's licensed and distributed, and the Province has announced that it fully supports every one of them.
Unsurprisingly, liquor monopolists in other provinces criticize Alberta's liquor privatization. The latest critic is Ted Moroz, president of the Ontario-based The Beer Store, which has a near monopoly on private sector beer sales in the province.
After extensive consultation, the Government of Canada is introducing regulatory amendments that will help Canadian icewine producers expand export markets and protect consumers from fraudulent products. Primarily, the amendments will create a new national standard for icewine.