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LEST WE FORGET

October 21 2019

Poppy News Section

From the last Friday in October to Remembrance Day, millions of Canadians wear a poppy as a visual pledge to never forget those who sacrificed for our freedom. We invite everyone across the province to join our ANBL team members in proudly wearing this symbol of remembrance and taking a moment to reflect.

You can support local legions by picking up your poppy at any of our 42 corporate stores throughout New Brunswick.
To learn more about our veterans, the history of the poppy, Remembrance Day and so much more, please visit: https://www.legion.ca/

 

ANBL Pink Martinis awarded “Corporate Spirit Award” 2019 CIBC Run for Cure

October 8 2019

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On Sunday, October 8th, the ANBL Pink Martinis team joined hundreds of other Frederictonians in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The team, formed in 2010, won the Corporate Spirit Award, a recognition of top funds raised by a participating corporation in Fredericton.  In the 10 years the ANBL Pink Martinis have been in the Run for the Cure, they’ve raised over $50,000! They’re grateful to all those who have participated on the team over the past ten years, as well as those who have supported their fundraising efforts.  

 

ANBL VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY

October 8 2019

ANBL teams volunteered at Fredericton's Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in September, doing everything from handing out water to setting up backstage.  They also handed out approximately 2500 bottles of water from its water bar, went through 90 large coolers of water in main tents, and provided over 1400 safe rides to festival patrons over the weekend.  All in all, over 80 hours of time were provided by ANBL volunteers which helped make it the best Harvest yet! 

 

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.”  

 

 

Having a Halloween Party for Adults?  Stay safe …

 

October 8 2019

 

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Everyone enjoys a Halloween party, and at ANBL, we want to help you enjoy safely!  If you’re hosting a Halloween party and planning on serving alcohol, be sure to also serve plenty of food.  Fun Halloween treats will be a hit with your guests.  Also be sure to offer water, soft drinks and even some fun ‘mocktails’ for guests who choose not to have alcohol, or for those driving.  Speaking of driving, as the host, be sure you can assist in safe rides home for your guests.
Finally, as the party host and therefore designated bartender, re-familiarize yourself with proper drink sizes, so as to not over-serve: 

• Beer (5% ABV):  12 oz
• Wine (12% ABV):  5 oz
• Spirits (40% ABV):  1.5 oz
• Cooler (5% ABV):  12 oz
• Cider (5% ABV):  12 oz

HALLOWEEN PARTY TREATS:

• Jack ‘O Lantern Quesadillas:  Simply trim a pumpkin face into the top flour tortilla of your cheese quesadilla!
• Pumpkin Devilled Eggs:  Add a slice of chive at the top of the egg center and sprinkle with paprika to make the centre of your devilled eggs look like a pumpkin!
• Black as Night Nachos:  Top black nacho chips with crumbled feta cheese and black olives.  Toast, and serve with black bean dip!

HALLOWEEN MOCKTAILS:

• Hot Vampire Punch:  In a slow cooker, mix 64 ounces of fruit punch, 2 litres of ginger ale and 3 ounces of Red Hots candies.  Simmer on low for 3 hours.
• Magic Potion:  In a rocks glass, add 1/8 cup of each lemonade and grape juice, then ¾ cup of Sprite.  Stir, then top with 1 tsp. of grape Jell-o powder.
• Fall Cider Sangria:  in a pitcher, add 2 apples (cored and sliced), 1 cup raspberries, 1 cup of blueberries and ice.  Top with 1 can of ginger ale, 2 cans of club soda and 1 litre of sparkling apple cider.  Stir and enjoy.

 

NB Liquor releases first-quarter results

1 August 2019

FREDERICTON (GNB) – NB Liquor released its unaudited results for the first quarter ended June 30. Total sales for the quarter (13 weeks) were $109.9 million, 13.7 per cent higher than the quarter ended on June 24, 2018 (12 weeks).

Key product sales trends for the first quarter (April 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019) compared to the first quarter last year (April 2, 2018 – June 24, 2018) were:

  • wine sales increased 13.7 per cent, up $3.0 million
  • spirit sales increased 14.7 per cent, up $3.1 million
  • beer sales increased 10.5 per cent, up $4.9 million and
  • sales of ciders and coolers increased 31.4 per cent, up $2.3 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, 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.

Under an accounting convention common in the retail industry, the Corporation follows a 52-week reporting cycle, which periodically necessitates a fiscal year of 53 weeks.  The Corporation’s fiscal year ends on the Sunday closest to March 31. Typically, the inclusion of an extra week occurs every fifth or sixth fiscal year due to the Corporation’s floating year-end date. The next 53-week year will occur in fiscal 2022.

Media contact: Thomas Tremblay, Communications, ANBL, 506-429-2091 or kEncEmailUpn/UsfncmbzAbocm/dpn

 

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