TORONTO, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's bars and restaurants are
operating under a cloud of uncertainty heading into a busy long
weekend due to the threat of a strike by Liquor Control Board of
"It's extremely frustrating for our members who are scrambling to make
contingency plans ahead of one of the busiest weekends of the year,"
says Stephanie Jones, Ontario Vice President with the Canadian
Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA). "This kind of
uncertainty in an already tough business environment underscores the
need for change in Ontario's outdated system of selling and
distributing wine, beer and spirits."
Ontario's more than 14,000 licensed bars and restaurants pay retail
price or more for the products they purchase from the LCBO. CRFA has
long called for action on recommendations by the Ontario government's
Beverage Alcohol System Review panel to introduce reforms and
competition to the sale and distribution of alcohol in Ontario.
"The threat of an LCBO strike is just the tip of the iceberg," says
Jones. "Ontario's restaurant industry generates $25 billion a year in
economic activity and employs 425,000 people. Modernizing the LCBO's
business practices would allow our industry to be more competitive,
create more jobs and investment, and further promote and support
Ontario's wine and beer industries."
SOURCE: Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
For further information:
Stephanie Jones at (416) 738-9546; or Prasanthi Vasanthakumar, CRFA media contact at (416) 649-4254 or firstname.lastname@example.org.