Tea and coffee trends: What today’s consumers want

Aside from water, coffee and tea are the most-consumed beverages in Canada. With the market constantly changing and today’s consumers looking for certain things when selecting a beverage, a new report has assessed ongoing tea and coffee trends across the country. A collaboration between Technomic, Restaurants Canada, the Coffee & Tea Association of Canada, and […]

Beer Canada calls for cut to draught beer duty to aid restaurants

Beer Canada is calling on the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance to implement targeted support measures to help save local restaurants as part of its 2022 pre-budget consultations. In particular, the organization is advocating for a 50-per-cent tax cut on draught beer sold to licensed bars and restaurants. “A 50-per-cent tax cut on […]

Canadian bars are leading the way in Zero Waste Month

Canadian restaurants and bars are setting the benchmark for Zero Waste Month, a new global initiative aimed at reducing food waste. The program has been launched by Flor de Caña, a carbon-neutral and sustainably produced premium rum. It invites eco-conscious bars, restaurants, and consumers from around the world to join forces to reduce food waste throughout […]

Ontario winery wins top international wine award

Niagara, Ont.’s Hidden Bench Estate Winery was awarded the “Best in Show” at the 2021 Decanter Wine Awards in London, England for their single-vineyard 2018 Felseck Vineyard Chardonnay. The Decanter World Wine Awards is the largest and most influential wine competition in the world. This year, the awards received over 18,000 submissions from 56 countries. […]

B.C. liquor stores see hours permanently extended

B.C. liquor stores are getting more flexibility in their operations on a permanent basis. Liquor retailers in the province had been authorized to open earlier for the safety and convenience of their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic back in April 2020. In April 2020, the government temporarily authorized retailers including wine stores and private liquor […]

Auditor General critical of Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation

A report by Nova Scotia’s Auditor General has criticized the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC), finding that it “doesn’t have clear policies and procedures in place regarding what products it sells and promotes, how to price its merchandise, and where to display it in stores.” The report was the first performance audit report of the […]

Technomic study reveals COVID-19 impact on beverages

A new report from Technomic illustrates the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the beverage category of foodservice. The report is a deliverable of Technomic’s Away-From-Home Beverage Navigator program, which offers a comprehensive assessment of both hot and cold beverage categories, including market sizing, historical tracking, predicted growth, consumer insights, operator responses, major […]

Niagara College launches Beverage Business Management graduate program

A new program from Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute is offering a new first-of-its-kind Beverage Business Management graduate course. The Beverage Business Management program, launching in September 2021, will be a unique one-year graduate certificate course that will be the first of its kind in Canada. The college already offers a Wine Business […]

B.C. wholesale alcohol pricing measure made permanent

British Columbia has announced that B.C. wholesale alcohol pricing will become a permanent measure, allowing restaurants, bars, and tourism operators to buy liquor at lower prices. A temporary change to allow for B.C. wholesale alcohol pricing was enacted in June 2020 in a bid to help revive a struggling industry that has been hit devastatingly […]

Drink trends to watch in Canada in 2021

New trends emerged across almost every industry in 2020 as consumers and businesses adjusted to the realities of a global pandemic. Drink trends within the beverage alcohol industry were no exception. Just like in fashion, drink trends regularly come and go as the seasons change and the calendar flips to a new year. This year, […]