8:33 P.M. SCREW THE UFCW !!! … GET IT DONE !!!…

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Public opinion polling shows that as more Ontarians come to realize the Beer Store isn’t government-run … Merely a government-authorized , privately-owned distributor controlling nearly 80 per cent of beer sales … They recognize the opportunity for reform … But there are still powerful interests determined to block change ;

The UFCW , which represents 6,000 unionized Beer Store workers , has long opposed any dilution of the quasi-monopoly … Now , the union warns beer in grocery stores would hurt teenaged cashiers at the checkout … Fear not ! … Quebec has figured out how to reassign underage (UFCW) supermarket staff … Can’t Ontario ?…

The NDP is standing by its UFCW allies ( who donated more than $80,000 to them in the last two years ) … As MPP Gilles Bisson put it recently : ‘ We have a very robust system in this province , the LCBO and our Beer Stores , that do an excellent job providing good access ‘ … New Democrats defending the foreign-owned Beer Store ?  … Hmmm …

Spirits Canada , which represents major distillers , complains bitterly that it has been left out of the mix  … But it’s hard to see how Ontario would ever leapfrog Quebec , which has never allowed spirits  , with their far higher alcohol content , to be sold outside of the government-owned SAQ monopoly , even when beer and wine got into supermarkets …

Ontario’s convenience stores are upset that Premier Kathleen Wynne has publicly ruled them out for booze sales … The main reason is lack of shelf space … A major motivation for liberalizing sales is to give better display to craft beers , which requires the real estate that smaller stores can’t deliver.

Craft brewers worry they’ll still be squeezed by the Beer Store , which will retain both its storefronts and warehousing operations  for which they charge a ‘ franchise fee ‘ … This is the Beer Store’s chance to redeem itself … Or be dismantled … Whatever the warehousing challenges , craft brewers will at least get a fairer shake for shelf space from grocers , who aren’t in the kind of conflict of interest that the big brewers are in when dealing with smaller competitors …

Environmentalists insist the Beer Store is our best friend because it takes our bottles back for a deposit refund … They forget the government pays it more than $30 million a year for this service ( without competition ) … And that recycling won’t disappear overnight … Just as it hasn’t elsewhere …

Don’t expect dramatically lower prices … The bigger challenge is to avoid any increases from sneaky suppliers … The goals of this reform are to provide a more level playing field for craft brewers and domestic grape growers at the retail level , greater access and convenience for consumers … And higher revenues for government ( captured from excess profits ) … Without raising prices at the counter … Despite earning far higher profits in Ontario than other major markets , the big brewers who own the Beer Store warn of price hikes if the reforms proceed … An opportunity , perhaps,  for local craft brewers ?…

Jul9YankeeJimIt’s time to put an end to the monopoly !!! … I WANT THE DAMN CONVENIENCE !!! …

via How to stop beer, wine in supermarkets forever: Cohn | Toronto Star.

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