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Wine Now Available On Grocery Store Shelves

Ontario Providing More Convenience and Choice for Consumers

Vaughan –MPP Steven Del Duca is pleased to announce that starting today 67 grocery stores across Ontario can sell both domestic and imported wine, as well as beer and cider, increasing convenience and choice for consumers.

These stores are in addition to the 57 across the province already selling beer and cider. Ultimately, beer and cider will be available in up to 450 grocery stores across Ontario, including 300 that also sell wine.

Today in Vaughan, Coppa’s Fresh Market at 3300 Rutherford Road is authorized to sell wine, beer and cider.

Ontario maintains a strong commitment to social responsibility. By law, grocers selling beer or wine must have designated sales areas and standard hours of sale, abide by limitations on package size and alcohol content, and follow staffing and social responsibility training requirements. Ontario will develop a comprehensive alcohol strategy to promote the responsible sale and use of alcohol in moderation.

Offering consumers more choice and convenience while improving opportunities for business is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

 QUOTES

“Being able to make one stop to pick up wine alongside other groceries will help make everyday life easier for Ontarians. Opening up this new retail channel for wine producers will also help encourage business to thrive while delivering economic growth and job creation in Ontario’s beverage alcohol, agriculture and tourism sectors.”

— Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance

“Offering customers greater access to wine at local grocery stores will provide added convenience to those looking to purchase wine and beer alongside their grocery items.  While providing this convenience we will continue maintain Ontario’s high standards for safe and responsible retailing of these products. “

─Steven Del Duca, MPP Vaughan

 “For over 50 years, Coppa’s Fresh Market has had the pleasure of offering our Customers a “World of Food” that meets the highest standards of product quality, value and the best selection of fresh foods and products from around the world and around the corner.  Today we are pleased to begin offering our customer a “World of Wine” that continues to meet the highest standards of product quality, value and the best selection of wines from around the world and around the corner. “

─John Louie Coppa, President Coppa’s Fresh Market

 QUICK FACTS

  • For a map and list of the authorized grocery stores that sell wine, beer or cider on shelves, visit ontario.ca/morechoice. Not every location will have wine available today. Authorized local grocery stores will have further details.
  • Depending on the type of authorization awarded to the grocer, a minimum of 10 or 20 per cent of shelf space is reserved for products from small producers.
  • Allowing wine to be sold in grocery stores across the province follows the final recommendations made by the Premier's Advisory Council on Government Assets. Other recent changes to beverage alcohol retailing in Ontario include the sale of beer in grocery stores last December, cider this June, and online shopping at LCBO.com.
  • The government conducted extensive industry consultations to define a fair and socially responsible model for beer, wine and cider sales in grocery stores.
  • All grocery stores that sell wine or beer must abide by the requirements for the safe sale of alcohol overseen by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

 

LEARN MORE

Striking the Right Balance: Modernizing Wine and Spirits Retailing and Distribution in Ontario

 Ontario’s programs supporting responsible consumption of beverage alcohol

 Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario authorization process

 

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