Craft brewers may be finally getting the break they’ve been looking for at NSLC stores. In the past, it has been difficult for brewers to make money when sending their product to liquor stores across the province because of a Retail Sales Mark-up Allocation.
In December, however, Premier Stephen McNeil announced changes to the NSLC s Retail Sales Mark-up Allocation (RSMA). The price was dropped for craft brewers from 50 cents per litre to five per cent of wholesale the structure currently used to charge craft distillers and wineries.
In an open letter composed last October, Big Spruce’s Jeremy White outlined other flaws in the system. He says he is hopeful with some of the changes afoot:
MacNeil also announced that another large package is expected in the Spring of this year, to which White says: “he is all ears” and he is very interested to see what is in this new proposed package.
Craft brewing has expanded province wide in recent years. To date, the province has more than 30 brewers, with many eyeing expansion with growing success of the brand. One such brewer is Jeremy White of Big Spruce Brewing company, located in Nyanza, Cape Breton.
White opened his business in 2013 and has been working on expanding over the past year. The newest addition to his company is the ability to can beers. White says he is excited to sell cans, as it makes his business more customer friendly:
White says that 5 cans will be available to purchase altogether with a tentative release date of early May. White is hopeful that an open letter he wrote last October will result in better relations with craft brewers and the liquor corporation. More on that in the coming days.