B.C. needs to level the province’s liquor playing field

By Adam McDonnell for Business in Vancouver

More than $3 billion is spent on alcohol each year in British Columbia, and, over the past decade, an ever-increasing portion of that has been spent on B.C.-made wines and beers.

Between 2010 and 2016, British Columbia experienced an increase of more than 200% in the number of breweries in the province, while the British Columbia Wine Institute’s winery membership rose by more than 50% during the same period. This growth has allowed British Columbians to enjoy better, more interesting wines and beers while supporting local businesses and keeping their dollars in the province.

At the same time, businesses have sprung up and grown around the industry. Winery and brewery tour companies show off the makers to locals and visitors alike, wholesalers of supplies and equipment support the operations and sales agencies bring them to purchasers. The knock-on economic effects reach far beyond those directly employed.

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