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Great news for wholesale wine prices!

January 30, 2015


Minister's statement on wholesale wine prices for industry

VICTORIA - Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton
issued the following statement to update industry stakeholders on
changes to B.C.'s wholesale pricing for wine:

"Since we released our wholesale pricing model in November, we've heard
concerns from industry about the pricing structure for wines over $20 a

"In listening to this feedback, we concluded that adjustments needed to
be made, so we have amended the wholesale mark-up for this category to
better align wholesale prices with what industry sees today.

"We are reducing the mark-up for this category - levelling out the
wholesale price for wines that would have been impacted. In other
words, government is not putting inadvertent pressure on industry to
raise liquor prices when they sell their products to British

"Our wholesale pricing model is not intended to increase government
revenue or retail prices. Rather, the model is designed to generate
approximately the same amount of government revenue from each product
category as we receive today. With today's update, that revenue will
still be protected - the Liquor Distribution Branch expects to continue
meeting its targets.

"With projects as large as the revamping of B.C.'s wholesale model for
liquor, there are bound to be a few course corrections along the way.
We announced our wholesale pricing model in November because we wanted
to provide industry with as much notice as we could, while still
allowing time to make adjustments, as necessary, before the go-live
date on April 1. I want to thank our industry and other stakeholders
for their timely input, which is contributing to a balanced and
modernized liquor model.

"Our consumer-centred model is about creating a fairer, more
competitive market - which we expect will, at the end of the day,
benefit British Columbians. These changes will help to alleviate the
concerns we've heard while still maintaining B.C.'s high standards for

health and public safety.”


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January 27, 2015

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BCRFA Vancouver Island 2015 Town Halls

January 26, 2015

The BCRFA is back at it again! Join us for this informative session on BC's liquor law changes and how it will affect your business. Great workshop for restaurant owners and beverage managaers


Why the Restaurant Industry is the Most Important Industry in Today's America

January 25, 2014

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BCRFA Okanagan 2015 Town Halls

January 13, 2015

Join us for this informative session on BC's liquor law changes and how it will affect your business. Great workshop for restaurant owners and beverage managers.


Booze Training Rules Changes in B.C. 

December 22, 2014

Ian Tostenson, president of the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association, said on Monday the certificates would likely now be a job requirement for new restaurant postings.


Grey Cup weekend exceeds expectations of Vancouver establishments

December 1, 2014

Ian Tostenson with the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association says he sat on the Grey Cup Advisory Committee and the economic impact from the event exceeded expectations.


BCRFA Statement on the Passing of Pat Quinn

November 24, 2014

On behalf of the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Associations, we send our heartfelt condolences to the Quinn family today. Pat Quinn was a man of integrity, strength, and determination. 


Liquor licensing updates support tourism and B.C. businesses

November 24, 2014

Government is cutting red tape around licensing, making it easier and more cost-effective for golf courses and ski hills to expand their liquor licence areas, as a new batch of Liquor Policy Review updates is rolled out.


Latest liquor changes good for consumers, small businesses

November 19, 2014
The latest changes to B.C.’s liquor policy will offer greater consumer choice and convenience, support small- and medium-sized breweries to grow and expand, and ensure fair and equitable wholesale pricing for the retail industry.


Small business week: It’s hard work, but a joy, say restaurateurs 

October 30, 2014

Ian Tostenson, president and chief executive officer of the B.C. Restaurant Association, said the industry is rebounding after the 2008 recession, which saw the number of restaurants drop to 11,500 from 12,000.


BC Hydro issues new warning to customers about telephone scam

October 29, 2014

Fraudsters posing as BC Hydro employees continue to contact customers across British Columbia by telephone in an attempt to steal money from residents and small businesses — particularly restaurants.

Governments of Canada and B.C. launch the Canada Job Grant to help British Columbians get jobs

October 24, 2014

It was announced today that employers in British Columbia can now apply for the Canada Job Grant, an innovative, employer-driven approach to help Canadians gain the skills they need for available jobs. 


Where do Canadians like to eat?

October 2, 2014

For the traditional beef burger approximately 30% of Canadians named A&W as delivering the "Best-Tasting Burger" in Canada, making it the category winner in a category with many competitors. 


BCRFA partners with PayWith to launch world's first mobile reward program for restaurant and foodservice industry

September 30, 2014

PayWith Inc., a Vancouver-based mobile payments, rewards, and marketing company, has partnered with the British Columbia Restaurant and Food Services Association (BCRFA) to launch the "BCRFA Industry Card" app – the world's first mobile perks and rewards program for the restaurant and foodservice industry


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