Import News & Industry Updates

LCRB - Imported Wine to be sold in BC grocery stores

LCRB - Liquor Cannabis Regulation Branch Policy Directive 19-08

Announcement July 10th, 2019

By November 1, 2019, these wine stores may sell both domestic and imported wine (including cider, mead and sake) on grocery store shelves.

Click here for the full news release

Rick Slomka to retire from California Wines June 2020

SAN FRANCISCO — Wine Institute announced today that Rick Slomka, Director of California Wines Canada will be retiring on June 30, 2020. He will leave behind a strong legacy after 26-plus years successfully representing Golden State wines.  Click here to read the full news release

Independant Review of BC Liquor Distribution System is underway

As you may have seen, the Ministry of Attorney General recently announced that work is now underway on an independent review of LDB’s distribution centre.

BC: New liquor trade sample policy

Liquor agents in British Columbia can now purchase liquor for their industry tasting events at wholesale prices and can use any excess liquor at subsequent industry tasting events or charity events.

These changes will result in additional premium products available to B.C. consumers, while reducing costs and waste associated with offering sample products at tasting events.

BC Gov't appoints Sue Maloughney as Asst Deputy Minister, Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch

BC Government News announcement Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019:

Please find attached, the Letter of Introduction for Mary Sue Maloughney, Assistant Deputy Minister, Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch

Sent on behalf of Richard Fyfe, Deputy Attorney General and Douglas S. Scott, Associate Deputy Minister