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Details revealed for wine sales in Toronto supermarkets

Wine will likely appear on some Toronto supermarket shelves this fall. And today, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne outlined how this rollout will happen across the province.

This summer, as the Globe and Mail reports, the province will hand out 70 licences to grocery stores. Half of these will restrict retailers to selling only Ontario VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wines for the first three years of this program.

Eventually, 150 Ontario stores will be able to carry wine. Additionally, 150 in-store wine retailers (like the Wine Rack) will get to use supermarkets' regular checkout counters.

However, as the Globe notes, unlike at the LCBO, all grocery stores bottles will come with a minimum price-tag of $10.95. The reason for this stipulation remains rather murky.

Late last year, beer made its way to some local supermarkets. And this morning, Wynne announced that these stores can now start stocking cider as well.


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