Canada’s craft beer craze continues to gather strength

By Tom Wadlow
Canadians are continuing to support their locally-produced beer, wine, cider and spirits as new figures from Nova Scotia show strong sales growth in all...

Canadians are continuing to support their locally-produced beer, wine, cider and spirits as new figures from Nova Scotia show strong sales growth in all areas.

Nova Scotia craft beer sales grew by 34.2 percent to $10.2 million during the course of the last financial year. The NSLC, responsible for managing alcohol sales in Nova Scotia, now lists products from 18 local breweries, up from three breweries just four years ago. One of every four beer listings on NSLC shelves is a local craft beer.

“We are pleased with these results as they are more than $5 million ahead of our net income target for the year,” said Bret Mitchell, NSLC President & CEO. “We continue to be diligent with expense controls and increase the service and value we offer our customers. We continue to focus on providing exceptional customer service, promoting responsible enjoyment and investing in local industry.”

The growth in local industry continues to be strong, outpacing expectations driven by the expansion of new businesses, quality products and innovation in the categories.

Nova Scotia wine sales (made with locally grown grapes) grew by 3.9 percent to $9.9 million, while spirit sales grew by a massive 130.8 percent to $3.5 million. Products like Blue Lobster Vodka from Nova Scotia Distilling, Fortress Amber Rum from Authentic Sea Coast Distilling were standout performers.

Ready-to-drink products, which are largely ciders, had a strong year with sales increasing by 83.7 percent to $2.9 million, driven by products like No Boats on Sunday produced by Peller Estates.

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