A slower boat to beer at the grocery store?

cbbeer012jpg.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxLooks like the plans to insert beer sales into Ontario grocery stores are taking longer than expected.  Originally, it was announced that we might see beer on grocery store shelves by Christmas, 2015.

Then, we started to see restrictions that have slowed the process.

First, we saw that it wouldn’t be ALL grocery stores, but 450 grocery stores (there’s a lot more than that).  Then we heard that wine, that was also projected to see grocery store shelves, would take longer to integrate.

Now, we hear that grocery stores will only be able to sell 6-packs, and that prices will be fixed to be aligned with those of The Beer Store and the LCBO.  So there will be no cost savings, along with consumers knowing that 6-packs have the highest price per unit, as a ‘convenience’ size.

Now, a recent news article on CTV news reports that those grocery stores will have limited sales:  they will be limited to less than a million dollars a year in sales, or face penalties.  This amounts to a limit of 279 six-packs a day, per store.  That might seem like a lot of beer at first glance, but considering my guess as to the annual volume of persons and sales in major grocery stores, that’s probably peanuts.

It appears it’s taking time to address concerns:

It appears there are vast complexities – and this move will not be as quick or simple as first thought.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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