The province announced a number of initiatives to support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic
In support of licensees, which includes lounges, bars and restaurants, effective immediately the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC) will waive liquor license fees for the 2020-21 fiscal year
The NLC will work with the licensee community to return general list product in an effort to help with working capital
The NLC is also temporarily waiving warehousing service fees for microbrewers with annual production of 1,000 hectoliters or less for those who use the NLC’s distribution network
To further assist the province’s beverage industry, the NLC has been approved to implement a wholesale pricing discount for licensees, by providing a five per cent discount for wines and spirits, and ready to drink beverages
Additionally, the province has approved an increase in product commission discounts for craft breweries, wineries, distilleries and cideries producing 1,000 hectoliters or less to 55 per cent for non-NLC distributed products.
The NLC will further support businesses through its distribution and marketing capabilities by listing products of local microbreweries