NB Liquor Drops Minimum Sales Quota for New Breweries
On August 15, 2014 At 5:00 pm
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FREDERICTON, NB – The Canadian Press reports that NB Liquor has dropped a controversial new sales policy that would have required new breweries in New Brunswick to sell at least 10,000 litres of beer through the government-owned ANBL retail store chain before being issued a license for on-site retail and direct sales.
Following a subsequent meeting between Biggar and Brian Harriman, president and CEO of NB Liquor, Railcar was made exempt from the policy, and Harriman said that the Crown corporation would “have further discussion with New Brunswick microbrewers to see if there is a way we can achieve the governance we require, without creating undue barriers or pain for new brewers.”
In today’s announcement, Harriman indicated that NB Liquor came to the conclusion that the new policy would be too much of a barrier for new breweries, and that safety concerns about new beers would instead be addressed having them tested at an independent food inspection lab with the corporation covering the costs.