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Mar 14, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Some other jurisdictions that sell beer, wine with groceries

With Ontario apparently looking to offer beer and wine in grocery stores, we look at what other jurisdictions are doing


How beer and wine are sold in some other jurisdictions:

Quebec — Beer is sold in grocery stores also known as depanneurs. Wine sold in these locations must be bulk brands bottled in Quebec.

British Columbia — Effective April 1, the new store-within-a-store model will offer customers same-cart shopping and sales of beer, wine and spirits in grocery stores. This model will have separate cashiers, safeguarding health and safety and ensuring restricted access to alcohol by minors. The 100 per cent B.C. “wine on shelves’’ model will allow wine specifically made from 100 per cent B.C.-grown grapes to be sold off designated shelves within stores.

Manitoba — The province launched a pilot project in 2011 that includes four Liquor Mart Express locations located within grocery stores — one Safeway, one Sobeys, and two Superstores. These Express locations operate as a store-within-a-store concept and are staffed by Liquor & Lotteries employees trained in the socially responsible sale of liquor. All the locations offer a limited stock of the most popular brands only. The ongoing pilot envisions up to six additional locations.

New York State — Beer and wine-based products like coolers can be purchased in licensed grocery stores, convenience stores and drug stores.

Kansas, Oklahoma, Utah and Colorado — Allow so-called “low-point’’ beer to be sold in grocery and convenience stores. That’s beer at 3.2 per cent alcohol. Wine and stronger beer can be sold only at liquor stores.

Germany — Wine and beer can be purchased at convenience and grocery stores, and beverage outlets that also carry water and soft drinks.

Toronto Star

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