FREDERICTON, Feb. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - The New Brunswick government's review of NB Liquor is a good first step to better pricing, selection and service for both licensees and consumers. For years, the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) has called for changes to the current liquor system, which is inefficient and relies on a monopolistic model of price hikes to increase revenue.
"Although we're disappointed government did not choose to privatize NB Liquor, we are pleased they intend to increase the level of private sector involvement," said Luc Erjavec, CRFA's Vice President, Atlantic Canada. "It has been shown in a number of jurisdictions that more private sector involvement will protect government liquor revenues and regulatory control, while leading to increased efficiencies, better product selection and service and lower prices for both licensees and consumers."
CRFA looks forward to working with government to build on recommendations that ensure the province has a liquor system that recognizes the restaurant industry's added value by introducing wholesale pricing and improved service and selection.
CRFA is one of Canada's largest business associations, with more than 30,000 members representing restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and other foodservice providers. New Brunswick's $1.2-billion restaurant industry directly employs more than 22,000 people in communities across the province.
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