Private liquor stores are finally getting a look at next month’s price lists just a day before major changes to BC’s liquor laws along with a new whole sale pricing scheme kick in.
ABLE BC’s Jeff Guignard says there will be price increases for most beer, wine, and spirits brands but for most of them the hike should be minimal.
“About 80% to 85% of the products do look like they are going to be within a percent or so. We are starting to see some products where there is going to be increases of 5% to 10%. I am looking at a few different wines a few different beers that are changing. I have seen some popular brands of spirits that are going to go up five or six-dollars or something like that.”
However Guignard says the price of some products including popular brands of spirits will jump by $5 or $6.
“I think that most of the everyday products are going to be the same but some of the price increases I am looking at are on the more expensive ones. There are some $15 bottle of wines that are going to up 6% or something and that is only a dollar but that is still a substantial increase on a product that you buy all the time.”
And its not just beer and wine prices going up.
“Havana Club three year old is going up .8%. Havana Club three year old different product is going up 2%. Some of the seven year old is going up less than 1%. Lambs Navy Rum 750 milliliter bottle is going up .3%.”
He also notes taxes will no longer be included in the shelf price at government liquor stores next month so prepare for a shock at the till.
As CKNW reported last week at least two grocery stores will also soon be able to sell wine next month.
We have confirmed one of them is the Jim Pattison Save on Foods in South Surrey on 152nd.
The other is a downtown Vancouver grocery store still in negotiations.
An announcement making it official is expected on April 1st.