(Apr. 28/15) After 80 years of the status quo, Ontario is changing its beer sales system. Two changes will benefit licensees.
Retail prices for some restaurants
Restaurants and bars that purchase less than 250 cases of beer (or the volume equivalent) can buy beer at the retail price, rather than the higher licensee price. The maximum any operation can save is $2,500.
This is a good start, but more needs to be done. Although the Advisory Council agreed with us that licensee beer prices are unfairly inflated, this change only helps about 9,000 licensed establishments. We will keep fighting for lower beer prices for all members. Read our response to the change.
Pooled delivery for smaller brewers
If small brewers can establish a reliable distribution system, this could save you staff costs.
With the increasing popularity of craft beer, restaurateurs are paying staff to receive multiple deliveries.
Restaurants Canada is talking with the government and Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) to allow pooled billing to further benefit licensees who buy from multiple small brewers.