Posted February 18, 2016
Cider approved for grocery store sales, farmers markets
Toronto – Ontario grocery stores already selling beer can begin selling cider this Fall, according to an announcement today. Ontario cider will also be sold at farmers markets.
The announcement was made this morning by Premier Kathleen Wynne, with Finance Minister Charles Sousa and special advisor, Ed Clark, alongside the introduction of wine to 150 grocery stores.
“Ontario has an emerging craft cider and wine sector and our government’s announcement today will ensure that the sector continues to thrive, while providing a boost to our local producers and the farmers who support them. By increasing the opportunities for craft cider and wines in stores and farmers’ markets we are creating more choice for consumers, supporting a local industry and creating good local jobs,” said Jeff Leaf, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
By Fall 2016, an additional 70 grocery stores will be authorized to sell wine alongside beer and cider, in addition to the existing 60 stores.
Ontario has approximately 27 operating cider producers with another 5 currently in planning phases.