The first 60 grocery stores in the province allowed to sell beer – can now sell cider.
Premier Kathleen Wynne visited a grocery store in Waterloo to announce the next step in the province’s modernization of the way alcohol’s sold – the first significant changes since prohibition ended in 1927.
She says craft producers have turned locally made cider into one of the province’s emerging success stories. LCBO sales of locally made craft cider grew by 54% in 2015-16 to a total of $5.1-million.
The LCBO is seeking bids from another 70 grocery stores to sell beer, cider and wine beginning this fall.
Ontario began selling six-packs in several dozen grocery stores last December.
In the first four months, sales were close to $8-million.