Canadians will allow beer sales in supermarkets

FILE - In this July 31, 2013 photo, beer is displayed for sale in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld, File)

OTTAWA, ONT. (WIVB) — Canadians are loosening the rules on alcohol sales to allow customers to soon buy beer in supermarkets.

The Toronto Star reports that the highly anticipated beer sale plan is in the provincial budget however wine sales in supermarkets have been put on ice.

The beer sale change will end the hold on that market currently enjoyed by the Beer Stores, which operate 448 outlets.

Those stores are operated by the parent companies of Labatt, Molson and Sleeman.

Currently restaurateurs are legally bound to buy most of their brews from the Beer Store at prices higher than those charged to individual consumers.

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