Wine will be sold in up to 150 grocery stores in Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Thursday, ending the LCBO’s monopoly on domestic and imported labels.
Under the plan, 70 grocery stores province-wide will be able to start selling wine, beer and cider this fall.
The provincial government accepted final recommendations from privatization guru Ed Clark, whose portfolio includes selling Hydro One, and making beer available to consumers in grocery stores last Dec.
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- VQA wine sales in Ontario were $288 million in 2014-15, a 66 per cent increase since 2009. Ontario now has more than 240 wineries, and the industry has created 2,000 direct jobs.
- Cider is one of the LCBO’s fastest-growing sales categories. Ontario craft cider sales rose by 89 per cent per year from 2011 to 2015.