Vineland, ON – Richard Linley, President of the Ontario Craft Wineries (OCW), issued the following statement in response to the release of the Ken Hughes report entitled “The Case for Change: Increasing Choice and Expanding Opportunity in Ontario’s Alcohol Sector”:
“We are pleased the Ontario government continues to move toward creating a modern beverage alcohol policy environment that benefits consumers and allows Ontario’s VQA wineries to thrive. Our members have been actively participating in the government’s consultation process to ensure the policy initiatives being considered are a success for our industry and generate numerous benefits for the people of Ontario. OCW views the current beverage alcohol reform consultations as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a 21st century retail environment that will unleash the potential of the local wine and grape industry. The release of the Hughes report is a step in the right direction and we look forward to continuing to work with the Ontario government and other like-minded organizations to ensure consumers and small businesses alike benefit from these potential reforms.”
The OCW leads the growth and profitability of Ontario’s respected VQA wine sector – through strategic partnership and authoritative trusted advocacy. As a non-profit trade association, the OCW represents over 100 wineries from across the three designated viticultural areas of the province (Niagara, Prince Edward County and Lake Erie North Shore – including Pelee Island) as well as emerging wine producing regions such as Ontario’s South Coast and Georgian Bay/Grey County. OCW members are independently owned small and medium sized businesses – grape growers, manufacturers and leaders in tourism in their communities. Our members are the future of Ontario’s wine industry which is a source of new investment, jobs and award-winning wines.