Permanent Wholesale Liquor Pricing Will Help Hospitality Sector Recover
Changes to allow restaurants, bars and tourism operators with liquor licences to purchase beer, wine and spirits at the wholesale price set by the BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) are now in place permanently.
The Ministry of Public Safety states they are making this change permanent to give small businesses certainty and help them recover, and to help the estimated 190,000 British Columbians who work in the sector.
These changes permanently allow licensees to pay the wholesale price for the products they purchase, which is the same cost paid by government and private liquor stores in the province when before they had to pay the regular retail price.
This is the latest recommendation implemented to support the liquor industry resulting from government’s work in consultation with the Business Technical Advisory Panel (BTAP). Other changes have included a number of temporary measures, such as extending the operating hours of retail liquor stores to promote physical distancing and accommodate vulnerable populations, and permitting all food-primary and liquor-primary licensees to deliver sealed, packaged liquor products alongside the purchase of a meal.