A peek into the crystal ball for BC beer drinkers:
25 grocery stores in the Greater Toronto Area have commenced beer sales, as well as to 16 in southwestern Ontario, 13 in the east and six in the north.
The province is mandating that at least 20 per cent of grocery store space is devoted to Ontario craft beer. Stores are to carry carry “a mix of major brands and Ontario craft beer”.
Loblaw, parent company of Real Canadian Superstore, Extra Foods and more, has committed to 50 per cent, with a company official saying the store hopes to become “a destination for beer enthusiasts” in the future.
The province has made changes at The Beer Store. It’s also set to hire a beer ombudsman in the new year who will field concerns from the beer-drinking public and industry members.
Unlike BC: Ontario winemakers have been hoping the premier will soon allow wine to be sold alongside beer in grocery stores.