Wine Now Available In Ontario Grocery Stores

Oct 29, 2016, 01:51
Wine Now Available In Ontario Grocery Stores

Starting today, wine will be on shelves in up to 70 grocery stores. Well, it's time to get excited again because as of today, October 28, you can now find bottles of wine on in select supermarkets along with craft beer and cider. The sale of beer and cider at grocery stores began past year.

The government's move to allow wine to be sold in grocery stores comes almost a year after six-packs of beer were made available in supermarkets, breaking the Beer Store's and LCBO's lock on the sale of suds. Grocers selling alcohol must have designated sales areas and standardized hours of sale.

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa made the announcement Friday at Coppa's Fresh Market in Toronto. It means reduced social responsibility when it comes to the sale of alcohol. The government's plan is to expand alcohol sales to 450 grocery stores, a 25 per cent increase in the number of alcohol outlets in the province.

"Opening up this new retail channel for wine producers will also help encourage business to thrive while delivering economic growth and job creation in Ontario's beverage alcohol, agriculture and tourism sectors".

The latest wave of grocery store sellers includes 47 major chain stores as well as 20 independent grocers.

The two Mississauga grocery stores offering wine are Highland Farms on Matheson Blvd. and the Loblaws on 250 Lakeshore Rd.

The provincial agency said there are as many as 3,000 new cases of cancer linked to alcohol use every year - particularly cancers of the mouth, esophagus, liver, colorectal tract and breast.

Allowing wine to be sold in grocery stores across the province follows the final recommendations made by the Premier's Advisory Council on Government Assets, the release said.

Included on the list is Starsky's Fine Foods in Hamilton as well as various Metro and Sobey's Grocery stores.

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