Province begins consultations with u-brew, u-vint stores

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Corey Campbell, manager of the New Minas Wine Kitz, with wine and beer being brewed by customers at the retail store. He said he was thrilled with the Jan. 31 announcement the practice would be made legal  and he had already called back two part-time employees who had earlier been laid off. "I got to hire back my staff today, so I'm happy."

The government is following through on a commitment to make u-vint and u-brew operations legal.  

Consultations with the industry will begin this week to develop regulations and set standards for ferment-on-premises businesses. Adjustments to the legislation are expected to be introduced during the next legislative session. New regulations will follow.  

"We want to eliminate barriers for small businesses and make it easier for them to grow, hire, and help our economy," said Diana Whalen, Minister responsible for the Liquor Control Act. "These changes will bring public demand for this innovative service and support for a growing industry in line with the law."  

The issue impacted the New Minas Wine Kitz store, which initially agreed to stop bottling liquor in-store until the NDP government reversed the decision.   

Since the initial commitment to develop regulations, provincial officials have looked at existing u-vint models across the country. Stakeholder input will be used to create a regulatory framework that gives Nova Scotians more choice and creates a stable, clear and competitive business environment.    

"It is important for government to hear the views of the industry and work together to create socially responsible regulations that will grow businesses," said Whalen.  

Consultation kits are being sent to owners and operators across the province for input. The deadline is Feb. 10. For more information, or to provide input, visit www.novascotia.ca/finance .  

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