Cable Wine Systems (www.CableWineSystems.com), the creator of the most versatile and sophisticated wine racking system on the market, is discussing the possibility of wine being sold in Ontario grocery stores in 2016.
As of December 2015, six-packs of beer are sold in grocery stores. Now, Premier Kathleen Wynne is taking steps to make sales of wine inside of groceries stores possible as well. She hopes that by sometime in 2016, Ontarians will have the option to purchase wine, along with beer, when they purchase the rest of their groceries. (Source: Benzie, R., “Wynne wants wine in grocery stores in 2016,” thestar.com, December 28, 2015; http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2015/12/28/wynne-wants-wine-in-grocery-stores-in-2016.html.)
“There are so many reasons to make wine more available to consumers,” says Janice Bednarz, general manager of Cable Wine Systems. “We’ve seen how the current culture has shifted its tastes towards varieties of wine. Allowing for a more open market will provide more opportunities for consumers to readily purchase the wine of their choice.”
According to Finance Minister Charles Sousa, trying to getting wine into the grocery stores isn’t a straightforward process. One of the issues is the contracts—which predate NAFTA—currently signed by Wine Rack and Wine Shop kiosks to operate inside of specified grocery stores. The government is also trying to make sure whatever deal they devise will be fair to the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario), which is where the overwhelming majority of wine and alcohol is currently sold in Ontario.
“This is going to be a bit more complex than bringing beer into the supermarkets was because of the different licences for different foreign wines held by different stores,” Bednarz continues. “But I’m hoping our government finds a way to satisfy all parties in a manner that is sensitive to the producers—both foreign and domestic—the retailers, and of course the consumers.”
Cable Wine Systems is a developer of a wine storage system that is flexible in its ability to hold different bottle sizes and features a customizable design that can meet the owner’s preference. More information can be found on www.CableWineSystems.com.