June 29, 2018

Last week, government published the final report of the Business Technical Advisory Panel dealing with liquor policy. You can read the full report here and you can read government’s announcement about the report here.

As you may recall, Executive Director Jeff Guignard sat on the Business Technical Advisory Panel, which was chaired by liquor policy advisor Mark Hicken and comprised of industry association stakeholders.

The panel offered 24 recommendations that, if implemented, will have a lasting positive impact on BC’s private liquor industry.

In particular, the report contains clear recommendations to support several of ABLE BC’s current policy priorities, such as:

  • allow private retailers to sell products to LPs, FPs, and holders of SEPs (i.e. licensee sales)
  • create a wholesale pricing model for LPs and FPs (i.e. hospitality pricing)
  • improve wholesale product delivery by allowing third party distributors to deliver non-stocked wholesale products
  • eliminate the current management conflict of interest at the BCLDB between BC Liquor Stores and LDB Wholesale

Although government has not yet committed to implementing the recommendations, last week’s announcement is an important first step. Government has committed to evaluating the recommendations in the coming months. Government also noted that, “This report will assist government in focusing limited resources on evaluating industry priorities, and reflects government’s interest in developing policy that makes life better for all British Columbians.”

We are encouraged by government’s commitment to support our industry and look forward to engaging with them further in the coming months to explore implementing these recommendations. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Jeff Guignard directly at jeff@ablebc.ca or 604-688-5560.

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