Blog: Prohibition hangover lingers despite Ontario's shift
Andy Morton | 18 December 2015
This week, consumers in Ontario were able to go into a supermarket and buy beer.
It may not sound like much (and the supermarket had to one of just 48 outlets that were allowed alcohol sales) but in Canada, where almost all provinces operate a monopoly on wines, beer and spirits retail, it was groundbreaking.
It is still too early to tell if this is the beginning of the end of Ontario's liquor control board, but plans are in place to increase the number of supermarkets and independent retailers that can sell beer. Progress, then, of sorts.
The Ontario thaw, however, is a reminder that not all areas of North America are scaling back restrictive alcohol sales policies fossilised in place since the end of Prohibition in the 1920s.
This week, two court attempts in Indiana to overturn state laws on alcohol came to their conclusion. In one, distributor Monarch Beverage Co invoked the US Constitution in its fight against a statute that stops it from selling both beer and liquor.
Elsewhere, an appeals court upheld an Indiana law that prohibits gas stations and convenience store selling cold beer.
It seems there is still a long way to go before alcohol retailers can shake of their 90-year-old Prohibition hangover.
Philip Gregan, the CEO of trade organisation New Zealand Winegrowers was in London this week for the country's annual UK trade tasting. He sat down with just-drinks to talk Brexit, Trump and the futur...
Philadelphia’s soda tax came into force on Sunday, and is reportedly causing a stir in the city's check-out aisles....
Earlier this month, I was most-kindly invited by Accolade Wines to visit the Royal Albert Hall in London. The reason? They wanted to see a tennis great in action, and then give them a guided tour thro...
Do you like whisk(e)y? And, I mean, really like whisk(e)y? Are you at a loose end in the first half of 2017? If so, then I've found just the job for you....
Most of the time, changes at the top of a company present themselves in press releases, stock exchange filings or responses from a spokesperson....
- Chile's winemakers caught out by Brexit "disease"
- What's coming up in beer in 2017? - Comment
- Interview - Pernod Ricard's luxury director
- The just-drinks Analyst - 2017 forecasts
- What's coming up in wine in 2017? - Comment
- Suntory sends staff to fat camp - report
- Diageo Australia names new commercial head
- Pernod Ricard's Absolut Lime - NPD
- Former Stoli Group CEO joins Perfect Vodka owner
- US craft beer growth slows again - IRI figures
- Global vodka insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- The Next Seven Big Beverage Markets
- Global Cognac insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Global gin insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Darker Than Before: Global Prospects for Brown Spirits