IVSA News & Covid-19 updates: March 2020 Issue #1

Dear IVSA members:  (Issued MARCH 17th, 2020)
    During this time of uncertainty, I wanted to reach out on behalf of the IVSA Board of Directors and our Administration, with the hope that all our members, their staff and families are safe and informed.
    Over the next few days, I hope to update you on what you need to know as an employee and employer regarding COVID 19 affects on our industry.  Updates will include any Federal guidelines for employees to stay at home. Financial relief for business and employees at this time of need.
    Please stay tuned as we all learn more about moving forward and keeping our community safe.

Ted Latimer
IVSA Executive Director

Find below a story from the National Post on EI benefits:
How EI benefits for COVID-19 quarantines will work under the new rules
For people quarantined due to COVID-19, the government is eliminating the waiting period entirely so that you can get EI benefits up to $573 a week for an entire 14-day quarantine

IN THIS ISSUE:  (Issued MARCH 17th, 2020)
- AGLC Covid -19 Notice
- BCLDB Covid-19 Notice
- BCDLB Suspends in-person Meetings and Tastings
- AGLC Survey - closes end of March 2020
- BCLDB Inbound Shipment Handbook
- BCLDB Dates & Deadlines Calendar
- BCLDB Kegged and Ready to Drink: Registrations now accepted

- IVSA New Product Salons - dates coming soon
- PROWEIN Postponed
- California Wine Fair in Vancouver & Calgary: Postponed
- BC HospitalitySummit: Postponed
- BC Hospitality Foundation Golf Tournament & more
- Victoria Wine Festival
- More gov't & health links to information on COVID 19

AGLC Covid-19 Notice
Please see the attached message about COVID 19, and follow the link for updates posted at www.aglc.ca

BCLDB Covid-19 Notice
Please see the attached message about COVID 19, and follow the link for updates posted at www.bcldb.com

BCLDB Temporary Suspension of Meetings & Tastings
Please see the attached message regarding the temporary suspension of Meetings and Tastings from the BCLDB

Click to read the notice regarding AGLC survey.
The Survey is available in February and March 2020

IVSA/BCLDB Wholesale: Inbound Shipment Handbook
Effective February 12th, 2020
 To assist vendors in preparing shipments to our warehouses, the new LDB Inbound Shipment Handbook is now available on our Wholesale Operations website.
 The handbook contains vital guidelines for all vendors related to inbound shipments entering the LDB warehouses.
Please follow the information outlined in the handbook, the LDB will apply these guidelines when receiving a shipment.

BCLDB Wholesale: Dates and Deadlines Calendar 2020/21
Effective March 13, 2020
Attached please find the letter in regards to Revised Dates and Deadlines Calendar for the 2020/2021 fiscal year.  The revised calendar is posted on the BCLDB vendor website for your reference now.  wholesalepricing@bcldb.com
 NOTE: due to Global Price Change for Period 1, Effective April 1st - a WHOLESALE Pricing Freeze will be from March 16th - 27th  

BCLDB Wholesale: Kegged ready-to-drink over 20L
Due to industry demand, LDB will accept registration of kegged ready to drink refreshment beverages over 20 litres starting Friday, March 13th.  (Vendor Website Registration)
The retail mark-up for this category will be 15%, and effective from April 1st 2020. The retail markup on kegged cider products remains unchanged.
Breweries, commercial distilleries, and wineries will now be permitted to direct sell and deliver kegged ready to drink refreshment beverages to wholesale customers. Keg sizes will not be limited in terms of maximum or minimum size. Vendors will be responsible for the collection of empty kegs.  
Sales agreements will be revised for the following manufacturers: commercial wineries, breweries, commercial distilleries. Any questions: ldbvendorhelp@bcldb.com.


NOTICE: For concerns about the COVID-19 virus, the Canadian governments have required cancellation of  large-scale public events.  Many organizations have made the difficult decision to postpone upcoming industry events to help protect the health and safety of our communities. Organizers are in the process of  rescheduling the events. We wil provide updates as the information becomes available. 

SAVE THE DATES for the upcoming IVSA Salons!
British Columbia & Alberta: stay tuned

Pro Wein in Germany:
March 2020 - Germany 
Events are now POSTPONED

BC Hospitality Summit
April 2020 - Kelowna, BC
Events are now POSTPONED

The California Wine Fair:
March & April 2020 -
Events are now POSTPONED

BC Hospitality Foundation - EVENTS
www.bchospitalityfoundation.com - check site for any changes
D.I.S.H. - April 29th at BC Convention Centre
Hospitality Hustle - May 31st at Deer Lake + Hart House
Monday, July 11th, 2016 at Westwood Plateau:
Tournament information is available at www.bchfgolf.com

The 2020 Victoria Wine Festival:
September 23rd & 24th in Victoria, BC.
All details at www.vicwf.com

Johnstone's Benefits
Employee plans for Extended Health and Dental
IVSA Member agencies can apply for Extended Health and Dental Plans and are eligible for group pricing rates!
All details can be found in the attached Johnstone's Benefits brochure.
Or, contact Vic Singh, client account manager vic.singh@jbenefits.com

For more information on COVID 19:

Public Health Agency of Canada Website

COVID-19 outbreak updates
Travel advisory notices

Updates from the Government of British Columbia

BC Centre for Disease Control
News releases from the BC Ministry of Health