Posted November 18, 2015

List of Ontario grocers to sell beer announced

Toronto, ON – The first grocers to be eligible to sell beer in Ontario grocery stores were announced today by the Ministry of Finance.

The winning bidders across Ontario were selected via a competitive bidding process. To move forward with selling beer, these companies will apply to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) to seek authorization for individual store locations, the release explained.

Upon completion of that review, up to 60 grocery store locations could be authorized to sell beer by December 2015. Grocers cannot discuss any aspect of the process until it concludes in December, according to the Ministry.

The successful bidders include:

  • Coppa’s Fresh Market
  • Farm Boy 2012 Inc.
  • Galleria Supermarket
  • Hanahreuem Mart Inc.
  • J & B La Mantia Ltd. (La Mantia’s Country Market)
  • Loblaws Inc.
  • Longo Brothers Fruit Market Inc.
  • Metro Ontario Inc.
  • Michael-Angelos Market Place Inc.
  • Pino’s Get Fresh
  • Sobeys Capital Incorporated
  • Starsky Fine Foods Hamilton Inc.
  • Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

While initial winning bids have been selected, the bid process for grocery stores remains active until the AGCO’s authorization processes and agreements are complete with the LCBO. If any of the successful bidders fail to become authorized, additional bidders could move forward according to the same initial bidding process.

Grocers will have to abide by the requirements for the safe retail of alcohol, including designated sales areas and restricted hours of sale, limitations to package sizes and alcohol by volume, and rigorous staffing and social responsibility training requirements. The AGCO will have oversight for these and other requirements.

“We are moving quickly to ensure that beer will be sold in grocery stores in a socially responsible manner. Using the existing low-cost distribution system keeps Ontario’s beer prices below the Canadian average while offering greater ability to fund key government services and programs that people rely on,” said Ontario Minister of Finance Charles Sousa today.

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