Ontario has announced the next 76 grocery stores across the province that will sell beer and cider, starting June 30.
The winning grocers were selected via a competitive bidding process held by the LCBO. An additional 15 independent grocery stores and 61 stores owned by large grocers are now authorized to sell beer. This is the second round of Ontario’s commitment to make it more convenient for people to buy beer, while opening up additional opportunities for breweries and cideries.
“Ontarians welcome beer and cider in grocery stores, which provide greater convenience and choice for consumers. With today’s announcement, even more communities will enjoy improved access, while local producers and grocers benefit from new opportunities to expand and scale-up their business,” said Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance
Currently, up to 130 grocery stores across Ontario can sell beer and cider, including up to 70 that can sell wine. The 76 new grocery store authorizations will bring the total to up to 206 grocery stores authorized to sell beer and cider.
Ontario maintains a strong commitment to social responsibility. By law, grocers selling beer, cider or wine must have designated sales areas and operate within standard hours of sale, abide by limitations on package size and alcohol content, and meet staffing and social responsibility training requirements.
Giving consumers more choice and convenience, while creating a more dynamic and competitive business environment for beer and cider producers, is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
Jessica Martin, Minister’s Office, 416-212-5181, email@example.com
Scott Blodgett, Ministry of Finance, 416-325-0324, firstname.lastname@example.org
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