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Ottawa, Feb 3 (Canadian-Media): Starting from April 2018, Ontario is giving access to 87 more grocery stores selling beer and cider to facilitate convenience and choice across the province, media reports said.
Selection of grocers for this grocers reportedly involved a competitive bidding by 200 grocery stores, who already had authority to sell beer and cider which increased the total number of Ontario grocery stores authorized to sell beer and cider to 370, up to 70 of which could also sell wine.
Ultimately, beer and cider will be available in up to 450 grocery stores, including up to 300 that will also sell wine.
“The rollout of beer and cider in grocery stores has increased convenience for consumers and expanded opportunities for grocers, breweries and cideries to grow their businesses and create more jobs” Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance was reported to state.
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Ontario maintains a strong commitment to social responsibility and grocers selling beer, cider or wine reportedly must follow standard hours of sale, have lawfully designated sales areas, abide by package size and alcohol content, and adhere to staffing and social responsibility training requirements.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)