Rural BC Liquor Licensees & Consumers Suffer Under Inconsistent BCLDB Policies

How would you feel if you had to drive 170 km for a case of beer? This is the case for the residents of Manson Creek, an isolated town north of Prince George. In winter months driving in this area can be treacherous. In small BC towns, it’s vital that residents have easy access to public amenities, yet, for apparently no good reason, BCLDB (BC Liquor Distribution Branch) denied Manson Creek’s only would-be rural store a BC liquor license.

The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB) should, in this case, change its name to the BC Liquor “Non-Distribution” Branch. The purpose of the BCLDB is to provide for the distribution and retail sale of liquor products throughout the entire province of British Columbia. In small and remote communities where it doesn’t make economic sense to operate a full BC liquor store, the BCLDB can issue a Rural Agency Store appointment to a full-service grocery or general store in the community. Read more

What is BCLDB (BC Liquor Distribution Branch)?

BCLDB (BC Liquor Distribution Branch), as the name implies, oversees the alcoholic beverage industry in British Columbia. BCLDB is one of two branches of government responsible for beverage alcohol in BC – the other being the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB), which regulates and monitors the industry. Read more

2016 Year in Review – RTC Expands Services Beyond BC Liquor Licenses

In 2016, Rising Tide Consultants was very busy – growing our services beyond BC liquor licenses to include Alberta and Ontario liquor license services as well as all provinces, SKU registration, agent registration, and manufacturers license application services.

Before we review our year, we’d like to wish all of you a very Happy Holidays and New Year! We hope that 2017 brings you good health and prosperity, both personally and professionally. We want to thank our clients for their continued support and loyalty. You are the reason our business thrives and we are all grateful that you continue to choose Rising Tide Consultants for liquor license consultation services. Read more

Strategic Buying: LTOs from BCLDB

Since the spring of 2015, a new BCLDB wholesale pricing program has put BC private liquor stores on a level playing field” with other private liquor licencees, grocers, and government liquor stores.

Liquor retailers regularly make large-scale purchases of SKUs when LTOs are offered as a strategy to remain competitive and maximize profits. Here are some considerations when implementing an LTO purchasing strategy. Read more

Where to Find Information about BC Liquor Laws, Policies, and News

BC liquor laws control the manufacture, sales, distribution, and consumption of alcohol in British Columbia. The first place to look when you need to know precisely what the liquor laws allow and don’t allow, is the official BC Government Ministry of Justice, Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (BCLCLB) website. Read more

BCLDB Complexity. A Liquor Licensing Consultant is a Must

BC liquor license experts at Rising Tide Consultants are working more with agents and liquor manufacturers to navigate the often rough terrain of BCLDB (BC Liquor Distribution Branch) requirements and processes. Agents and manufacturers who go it alone, frequently find themselves facing complexity, decisions they don’t fully understand, and unfairness.

The following article demonstrates why liquor manufacturers and agents seek the services of Rising Tide Consultants. Our in-depth knowledge of Liquor Distribution Branch policies and procedures drastically reduces complexity and helps our clients put forth successful applications. Read more

Rising Tide’s Newest Team Member Specializes in BC Liquor Licence Application Services

We’re happy to announce that we’ve added a new member to our liquor licensing team! Kimberly Flint joined us on April 1, 2016, and specializes in working with the BC Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB), and oversees the registration of SKUs (store keeping units or barcodes) for manufacturers. Read more