The following is a statement from Beer Store President Ted Moroz:
We have now signed a finalized framework agreement with the Province of Ontario that enhances the policy the Beer Store announced last January of open ownership by all Ontario-based brewers large and small. Those changes have now been enhanced further, with independent Beer Store Board members and a Beer Ombudsman to promote even more fairness and transparency.
The Beer Store has committed to $100 million of capital spending over the next four years as part of our plan to enhance the Beer Store experience for consumers. We have committed to more space in every single Beer Store in Ontario being dedicated to small brewers. And we will continue to support small Ontario brewers with an increased number of free listings near their breweries and reduced fees at other locations.
The Beer Store has always been proud of its roots in Ontario as a retail cooperative that supports brewers and brings value to consumers. Through periods of evolution and change in the beer industry, we always operated under a policy framework set out by the Government of Ontario and we will continue to work with the government now under the terms of the signed framework agreement, details of which were originally released last April.
It recognizes the Beer Store as Ontario’s low-cost retailer, offering value to consumers and as well as safety in our communities, through our ID25 program which challenged 3.6 million transactions last year. Our award-winning recycling program, which saves municipalities $40 million a year in Blue Box costs, has also been recognized.
The open and inclusive Beer Store continues to welcome all brewers to sell their products. On behalf of our 7,000 employees across Ontario, we also welcome consumers to our stores this Fall as we continue to evolve.
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