Import News & Industry Updates

“We are disappointed with the approach Alberta has taken with recent changes to its markup rates for craft beer,..."

Statement by John Yap, BC Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Reform Policy:

(posted on July 29th, 2016)

“We are disappointed with the approach Alberta has taken with recent changes to its markup rates for craft beer, which create an unfair advantage for Alberta beer at the expense of the 118 craft breweries we have here in British Columbia. These changes are not in line with the spirit of open-market access and the New West Partnership Agreement.


LCBO launches online sales and home delivery

LCBO launches online sales, home delivery

Toronto Star - Rob Ferguson - Queen's Park Bureau July 26, 2016.

     Booze sales are going online in Ontario as LCBO.com has launched web sales for 5,000 products from Canada and 85 countries as the provincial government continues its liberalization of alcohol retailing.

Finance Minister Charles Sousa said the online sales will allow customers to buy products they may not find in their local stores, making for more “virtual” shelf space.


Increasing the flow of wine among Québec, Ontario and British Columbia

The governments of Québec, Ontario and British Columbia will work together to ensure consumers have greater choice, convenience and expanded access to wines produced in their provinces.

Click here to read the full article from BC Government NEWS


BC wineries to benefit from Interprovincial Trade Agreement

British Columbia’s new interprovincial trade agreement with Ontario and Quebec will cut red tape for B.C. wineries and increase market access for the world renowned wines produced throughout the province.

CLICK HERE to read the full story from BC Government News
 


Anthony Gismondi: Why shut out the rest of the world? Vancouver Sun wine columnist Anthony Gismondi

Vancouver Sun wine columnist Anthony Gismondi

"WHY SHUT OUT THE REST OF THE WORLD?: ........Nobody has a problem supporting local wines and giving them a break (although sales, prices and profits would suggest they are doing just fine), but why is government and its wholesale and retail liquor arms shutting out the rest of the world’s wine with punitive taxes and sad-sack distribution tactics such as confining restaurant purchases to government retail stores?"