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06/04/18
One weird trick B.C. uses to keep out Washington wine
Canadian wines now can be sold on B.C. grocery shelves from Chilliwack to Kitimat, but grocers can only stock imported wines if they set up a "store within a store" that is physically separated and has its own cash registers. Not surprisingly, according to the U.S. Trade Representative, "we are not aware of any grocery stores selling wine pursuant to the more costly 'store within a store' option."
06/01/18
Amid brewing trade war, U.S. enters a battle over wine sales in Canada
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced this week that the Trump administration has requested that the World Trade Organization establish a dispute settlement panel "to examine unfair regulations governing the sale of wine in grocery stores in the Canadian province of British Columbia."
06/01/18
Are Canadian Sales Regulations Hurting U.S. Wine?
The USDA is requesting the World Trade Organization (WTO) establish a dispute settlement panel to look into whether grocery store wine sale regulations in British Columbia unfairly favor Canadian wine over imported wine.
05/31/18
Okanagan Crush Pad Boosts Vineyard Holdings
Canadian winery Okanagan Crush Pad has acquired a large, 50 acre, vineyard parcel in the Oliver sub-region of the Okanagan Valley. The Secrest Mountain Vineyard as it is known has been farmed under license by the winery since 2010 and is soon to receive organic certification.
05/31/18
B.C. Resolute in U.S. Wine Trade Spat
U.S. trade official requests WTO intercede in dispute concerning wines sold in grocery stores
05/29/18
BC Wine Institute responds to the May 25, 2018 news release issued by the United States Trade Representative
The BC Wine Institute announced today they are disappointed by the U.S. request for a WTO Dispute Settlement Panel. This following a second WTO complaint tabled on September 28, 2017, over what it perceives as BC's unfair rules regarding wine sales in the province's grocery stores.
05/29/18
Brock wine researcher highlighted among international experts
Belinda Kemp, a senior scientist in oenology at Brock's Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), is highlighted in the latest edition of the LCBO's Vintages magazine in a feature about wine industry innovators from around the world.
05/25/18
United States Takes Action Against Canadian Trade Measures That Discriminate Against U.S. Wine
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer announced that the Trump Administration has requested that the World Trade Organization (WTO) establish a dispute settlement panel to examine unfair regulations governing the sale of wine in grocery stores in the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC). The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is challenging BC regulations that discriminate against U.S. and other imported wine by allowing only BC wine to be sold on regular grocery store shelves
05/21/18
Drinks Importing Giant Southern Glazer's Moves into Cannabis
The Canadian branch of distributor Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits has created an off-shoot of its business dedicated to cannabis products - the first drinks firm in the country to move into the soon-to-be legalised sector. Province Brands filed the provisional patent for the "world's first beers brewed from the cannabis plant", further stoking interest since Constellation bought a 10% stake in Canadian marijuana company Canopy Growth Corp for £141 million with plans to make cannabis-infused drinks of its own.
05/21/18
Canadian Marijuana Demand to Hit 1 Million Kilograms by the End of 2018
The marijuana industry is budding before our eyes, and investors who've been willing to take a chance on this still-illegal industry have probably been handsomely rewarded. Since the beginning of 2016, most pot stocks have rallied by a triple- or quadruple-digit percentage.
05/16/18
Should You Bet on Wine or Weed Stocks Over the Next Decade?
A recent report from CFRA Research projected that alcohol companies could be squeezed by legal cannabis in the coming years. Analyst Joe Agnese made the projection in a note published on March 5. "Due to shared usage occasions, we view the legalization of cannabis as a threat to alcohol industry consumption growth."
05/16/18
Global wine production reaches new low from changing weather
The annual variability of global wine production, finding solutions for farming in drought conditions, a potential straw ban in Vancouver, and the potential for beavers to improve pollution from industrial agriculture. It's What's Up in Climate Change.
05/04/18
Best-of-class winners highlight Cascadia region's top wines
When a winery chooses to enter a wine competition, they hope for a medal, with gold being the best. One of the awards a wine might receive is "best of class," which is much more than a 2000 comedy movie about a dog show
05/02/18
Olivier Humbrecht MW joins Phantom Creek Estates as Consultant
Oliver, British Columbia: Phantom Creek Estates is pleased to announce a long-term collaboration with Olivier Humbrecht MW of Alsace's Domaine Zind-Humbrecht. Phantom Creek is Humbrecht's first and only winery consulting project.
04/27/18
Wineries submit proposal to put "Naramata Bench" on the wine label
It is called a sub geographic indicator and lets the consumer know precisely where the grapes made to produce the wine are grown
04/26/18
So many loopholes, so little wine. A strong trade deal could have prevented the Alberta-B.C. spat
There's long been bad blood between Quebec and Newfoundland over power projects. British Columbia meanwhile, isn't the first province to try to block an Alberta pipeline project. The British Columbia Wine Institute, for one, says we should all be concerned.
04/26/18
Canadian Wine Trade Caught in Pipe Feud
Supreme court's ruling hindering growth of direct-to-consumer shipments the result of legal battle over oil pipeline
04/25/18
Heads of six Canadian trade monopolies meet at Vinitaly
For the first time in the history of Vinitaly, six Canadian trade monopolies met Italian producers to discuss opportunities for Italian wine in the country, with 14% of its wine imports currently coming from Italy.
04/25/18
Study to be conducted for BC wine centre
The feasibility study will involve stakeholder engagement with wineries throughout B.C.
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