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NEW HOURS OF OPERATION ANBL AND CANNABIS NB

March 20, 2020

Our first priority at ANBL and Cannabis NB remains the health and safety of our teams and customers and we are taking significant preventive measures to ensure this. 
ANBL and Cannabis NB  remain open, however, we will introduce new hours of operation effective Sunday, March 22. The following changes are:

ANBL corporate and Cannabis NB stores will be closed on Sundays until further notice.

Beginning Monday, March 23, ANBL corporate and Cannabis NB stores will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday until further notice.

Regular hours of operation are in effect for tomorrow Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

These changes are necessary to ensure that we can continue to properly clean our stores, ensure that our shelves have product and that our exceptional teams have a chance to take care of themselves and their families.

ANBL and Cannabis NB continue to assess the situation and will make necessary changes as required. ANBL and Cannabis NB takes their responsibilities as a trusted retailer very seriously and will continue to act on the advice of public health officials and to manage our network to best serve our customers in a safe and healthy environment. 

We all play a role in keeping each other and our community safe – our team will do our part and we ask our customers to do the same. We respectfully ask that our customers respect social distancing while in our stores to protect themselves and our team members. We thank our customers for the patience they’ve shown our team members during this extraordinary time. 

ANBL ENCOURAGES YOU TO ‘MAKE IT RIGHT’

March 13 2020

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Not all drinks are created equally.  Health Canada advises that the higher the alcohol, the smaller the serving size.  They recommend the following proper drink sizes, according to alcohol by volume:

BEER – 5% alcohol – 12 oz.
CIDER – 5% alcohol – 12 oz.
COOLER – 5% alcohol – 12 oz.
WINE – 12% alcohol – 5 oz.
SPIRITS – 40% alcohol – 1.5 oz.

Make it right … check ANBL.com/celebratesafe

Just remember, the higher the alcohol, the smaller the serving size.  For more information on Health Canada’s “Low Risk Drinking Guidelines”, please visit:  http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2018/sc-hc/H17-3-2017-eng.pdf

 

ANBL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION - Q1 LOTTERY WINNERS

February 4 2020

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Alcool NB Liquor issued third quarter financial results

January 27 2020

FREDERICTON, NB – Alcool NB Liquor released its unaudited results for the third quarter ended December 29, 2019. Total sales for the quarter (13 weeks) were $120.1 million, 4.8 per cent higher than the quarter ended on December 23, 2018 (13 weeks).

Key product sales trends for the third quarter (September 30, 2019 – December 29, 2019) compared to the third quarter last year (September 24, 2018 – December 23, 2018) were:

  • wine sales increased 2.3 per cent, up $0.67 million
  • spirit sales increased 3.4 per cent, up $1.05 million
  • beer sales increased 4.6 per cent, up $2.18 million and
  • sales of ciders and coolers increased 23.1 per cent, up $1.57 million 

ANBL is a provincial Crown corporation responsible for the purchase, importation, distribution and retail activity for all alcoholic beverages in the province. It serves the public and licensees through 42 corporate retail outlets, 86 private agency store outlets, 89 local producer agency stores and 66 grocery stores. Its product portfolio comprises more than 2,200 products, including wines, spirits, beers and other products, such as coolers and cider products, as well as locally produced alcoholic beverages.

Over the course of the last 44 years, ANBL has built a network of stores in more than 30 communities around the province and employs about 620 people.

Media contact: Thomas Tremblay, Communications, ANBL, 506-429-2091 or Tom.Tremblay@anbl.com

 

Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers for 2020 are Announced... and Guess Who is Included?

January 27 2020

ANBL is one of Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers, as announced this morning by Mediacorp Canada Inc. in a special feature of the January issue of Atlantic Business magazine. Now in its 11th year, Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers is an editorial project that recognizes employers with exceptional human resources programs and forward thinking workplace policies.

Editors at Mediacorp grade employers on eight criteria: Physical Workplace Work Atmosphere & Social Health, Financial & Family Benefits Vacation & Time-Off Employee Communications Performance Management Training & Skills Development Community Involvement Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs.

“I’m extremely proud and excited for our ANBL Teams across the province who work so hard every day to make our company the best it can be” said Patrick Parent, President and CEO of ANBL. “To be recognized as an industry leader is an honour we don’t take lightly, as we strive to continue to grow and improve as part of our everyday culture.”

 

ANBL announces first-ever rebate program for New Brunswick hospitality industry

January 24 2020

Fredericton, NB – Alcool NB Liquor (ANBL) today announced a new rebate program to be offered to bar and restaurant licensees purchasing beverage alcohol for their establishments.  The program comes into effect April 1, 2020.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer this milestone program in response to the hospitality industry’s long-standing request for more competitive beverage alcohol pricing,” said ANBL CEO Patrick Parent. “We value our partnership with all licensees – they are significant contributors to the province’s economy with over 25,000 related jobs and we are very supportive of efforts to help their industry grow.”

As part of ANBL’s new 3-year plan to become more competitive with neighbouring jurisdictions, the program will offer a five to 10 percent rebate on licensees’ wine and spirit purchases and a one percent rebate on certain categories of beer products and ready-to-drink products.   

ANBL, Restaurants Canada and the New Brunswick Restaurant Association (RANB/ARNB) have worked very closely together over the last few months to arrive at the win-win solution.  Further details of the program will be communicated to licensees at a later date.

“This is long-awaited, welcome news for our licensed members in New Brunswick,” said Luc Erjavec, Restaurants Canada Vice President - Atlantic. “This new program will go a long way to strengthen the ability of bars and restaurants to grow the province’s hospitality and tourism industry.”

“The New Brunswick Restaurant Association (RANB/ARNB) is delighted with this announcement and excited at the spirit of co-operation by ANBL in the recognition of the important contribution made by New Brunswick restaurants to the economy of our province,” said Ken Judson,  Executive Director RANB/ARNB.  “This move will allow our members to become more self-sufficient, leading to prosperity, leading in turn, to improvements in all aspects of the food tourism industry.”

The program will have no impact on the net income ANBL returns to the Province of New Brunswick as it will be funded through expense reductions at the corporation.

ANBL is a provincial Crown corporation responsible for the purchase, importation, distribution and retail activity for all alcoholic beverages in the province.  It serves the public and licensees through 41 corporate retail outlets, 87 private convenience store outlets and 66 grocery stores. Its product portfolio comprises over 2,000 products, including wines, spirits, beers and other products, such as cider and coolers and a large portfolio of locally produced beverage alcohol products.

Media contacts

Restaurants Canada:  Luc Erjavec, Vice-President Atlantic, (902) 209-0804

New Brunswick Restaurant Association: Ken Judson, President, (506) 532-4249

ANBL:  Tom Tremblay, Communications, (506) 429-2091

 

Grand Bay Gets a New Agency Store

January 14 2020

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The corporate ANBL store in Grand Bay is now closed, and customers are offered a 3300 square foot agency store. The new Grand Bay - Westfield agency store, located at 217 River Valley Drive, has four checkouts for quick service, and extended hours of 6am to midnight, seven days a week. The agency store was part of the renovations to the existing Scholtens convenience store and gas bar, and will soon be adding food service.

ANBL and Scholtens thank their valued customers for their patience through these changes.

 

DON’T FORGET YOUR RE-USABLE BAGS 

October 8 2019

In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, ANBL would like to remind you that we are phasing out plastic bags in all 42 corporate stores by mid-October. Customers can now purchase 4-pack and 6-pack canvas bags but are also encouraged to bring their own re-usable bags. This initiative will help eliminate 5.5 million bags from New Brunswick landfills. 

“We share our customers’ concerns for the environment, and we are pleased to do our part to help reduce the increasing amount of plastics in our communities,” said Rachelle Gagnon, ANBL Board Chair. “Jurisdictions across Canada have taken steps to deal with this issue and we are proud to join in the effort of becoming as environmentally conscious as possible.”  

 

 

 

New President and CEO appointed at ANBL and CNB

31 July 2019

Fredericton, NB – Rachelle Gagnon, Chair of the Board of Directors of Alcool NB Liquor (ANBL) and Cannabis NB (CNB) today announced the appointment of Patrick Parent as President and Chief Executive Officer of the two corporations effective September 3, 2019. 

“On behalf of the Board of Directors I am delighted to welcome Patrick to the ANBL team,” said Gagnon. “Patrick’s leadership, extensive experience in the beverage industry, and commitment to New Brunswick will help drive further growth and success at ANBL and CNB. We are very pleased that following Mr. Brian Harriman’s departure, we have once again recruited the CEO of ANBL through an objective and thorough process to retain the best qualified candidate with leadership and industry experience” 

Gagnon also thanked Brad Cameron for his excellent service as Acting President and CEO since April 2019.  

“I am excited to join the ANBL and CNB team.  Appreciating the organization’s important economic contribution to our province as well as our responsibility to offer great products and services to fellow New Brunswickers, I approach this mandate with a great deal of respect and humility”, said Parent.

Parent served most recently as Vice President of Operations and Human Resources at Moosehead Breweries where he has held a number of senior positions since 2006.  While at Moosehead he spearheaded the company’s cannabis strategic initiative and was responsible for the development if its small batch beer product line. His accountabilities also included the oversight of the Premium Beer Company. 
His extensive experience also includes profit and loss management, sales and marketing, retail management and customer experience in industries such as banking, energy and the beverage sector.  Lean Six Sigma certified, Parent holds an undergraduate degree from Mount Allison University and is currently completing his Executive Masters of Business Administration at McGill University – HEC Montreal. He also holds a chartered designation in human resources.

ANBL is a provincial Crown corporation responsible for the purchase, importation, distribution and retail activity for all alcoholic beverages in the province. It serves the public and licensees through 42 corporate retail outlets, 89 private agency store outlets, 74 local producer agency stores and 66 grocery stores selling wine and cider. Its product portfolio comprises more than 2,200 products, including wines, spirits, beers and other products, such as coolers and cider products, as well as locally produced alcoholic beverages. Over the course of the last 43 years, ANBL has built a network of stores in more than 30 communities around the province and employs about 620 people.

Cannabis NB, the only legal retailer of recreational cannabis for the province of New Brunswick, is a subsidiary of ANBL and manages retail cannabis sales for the Cannabis Management Corporation. The core focus of the retail model is youth protection, reducing the illicit market, public education and safety. Twenty stores in 15 communities offer a range of products with a one-on-one guided retail experience.

Media contact: Nicole Picot, Vice President Communications and Stakeholder Relations, nicole.picot@anbl.com