The way forward?

Bob’s Blog On February 19th the Government of Ontario, now under the new leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, came out with its Throne Speech, entitled “The Way Forward”. What a perfect opportunity missed for the new Premier and her government to signal a new way forward on tackling the interprovincial barriers on wine trade. With Premier Christy Clark of British Columbia having recently appointed a special envoy to lobby other provinces to open up their borders to the direct delivery of Canadian wine to consumers, and with the Province of Nova Scotia having signaled their intent to follow a similar course, what a perfect time for Premier Wynne to have shown leadership. The Throne Speech could have indicated that she would be looking at how Ontario could meet the spirit of Bill C-311, and direct her officials and the LCBO to work with the wine industry to make progress and find a “way forward”. Unfortunately, the Throne Speech was silent. The Premier did indicate that the Council of the Federation, all of Canada’s Premiers and leaders of the territories, will be meeting in wine country, Niagara on the Lake, this summer.    This will be another opportunity for Ontario to show some leadership and start the process to dismantling the needless barriers that restrict the opportunity for Ontario consumers to enjoy the wine products of other provinces. It was almost humorous that Premier Clark of BC, a day or two after Kathleen Wynne won the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party and became Premier, indicated that she would be “legally” providing some BC wine to Premier Wynne as a pointed encouragement for Ontario to join the lead of BC, Manitoba and NS in opening its borders […]

By |February 26th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Wine consumption growing worldwide

Bob’s Blog There has been interesting news from the wine world in recent days. Recently, Xavier de Eizaguirre, the Chairman of VinExpo (the world’s largest global wine and spirits exhibition) highlighted key results from a recent study on world wine production/consumption patterns. For Canada, the study predicts a 17 percent increase in sales by volume 2011-2016. From 2007-2016, this would be a 34.7 percent increase in Canadian wine consumption. That same study also predicted continued growth in Canadian wine production to 2016, as new wineries start and existing wineries increase their output. The current estimated volume for 2012 was 5.65 million 9L cases, rising to 6.1 million 9L cases by 2016. However, imported wines will continue to dominate the Canadian market, a situation that Canada’s current wine distribution system doesn’t help. On a world wide basis, the study showed wine consumption growing by 10.27 percent from 2007 to 2016. Growth in Canadian wine consumption is clearly running well ahead of that average. Outside the Canadian context, most notable is the explosive growth in wine consumption in China. From 2007-2011, it leapt by almost 144 percent, and another healthy increase is predicted through to 2016. Faced with market constraints at home and burgeoning opportunities abroad, some Canadian producers are spending time in China fostering sales and to its credit, Niagara producer Pillitteri just announced that it would be selling its wines in up to 25 stores in China. BMO Economics has also recently noted the increased Canadian production capacity and growing Canadian wine consumption (up by 69 percent between 1995 and 2011). In addition, last week, Norm Beal of Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery predicted that the 2012 Ontario vintage could be one of the best ever […]

By |February 15th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments
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