The B.C. government has announced a new revenue-generating option for licensed restaurants and pubs, enabling the sale of single-serve liquor products with the purchase of a meal for delivery or takeout.
Starting on Friday, Oct. 29, British Columbians are now able to purchase a packaged single glass of wine or draft beer with their takeout order or have it delivered with a meal when ordering in.
The government says that in response to industry feedback, liquor- and food-primary liquor licensees are now permitted to package and sell unmixed drinks for takeout or delivery with the purchase of a meal, such as a glass of wine, cider or draft beer, or an unmixed ounce of a spirit. The government adds that this decision has the support of industry manufacturers following extensive consultation.
This is another measure that builds on new legislation introduced during the pandemic surrounding alcohol sales with delivery and takeout orders. Notably, liquor- and food- primary licensees can already sell full bottles of wine and spirits as well as mixed drinks packaged in single servings for takeout and delivery with the purchase of a meal — something that wasn’t allowed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Province, this change can “also help limit health impacts associated with increased consumption,” because the customer has the option to buy a single serving instead of a full bottle of wine or spirit.
Another change in legislation, made by the Province during the pandemic, regarding the sale of liquor products is that extended hours at liquor stores have become permanent, which enables them to operate between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily if they choose to do so.