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Thursday February 18th, 2016

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The government of Ontario is set to open up wine sales on the shelves of up to 300 independent and large grocery stores across the province.

Following the historic introduction of beer in grocery stores last December, 70 grocery stores across Ontario will be able to start selling wine, beer and cider this fall.

Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement today as the government accepted the final recommendations from the Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets. The recommendations originally included authorizing beer sales at grocery stories across the province.

Other key aspects of the recommendations include allowing cider to be sold wherever beer is sold in grocery stores, including fruit wines and craft cider in a program that allows Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) Ontario wines to be sold at farmers’ markets, reducing red tape and eliminating unnecessary regulations, and new opportunities for craft distillers.

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