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New Brunswicker’s LOVE their Chicken Bones

November 29 2019

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Moonshine Creek has partnered with Ganong Bros, Canada's oldest independently owned and operated chocolate company, to present this favourite holiday treat in their premium craft-distilled liqueur. 

They first produced 2700 bottles, and ANBL’s supply sold out very quickly. Due to such high demand, they are now producing a second batch, after Ganong secured more chicken bones for them.  Chicken Bones candies are a distinguished favourite and holiday tradition since 1885.  The spicy, cinnamon-infused hard candy with a chocolate centre is still hand-crafted, over a hundred years later.  ANBL has been informed by the producer that the second batch of the liqueur could hit shelves by mid December – keep an eye in stores.

 

ANBL hosts annual NB Salvation Army Kettle Campaign - November 25 - December 23, 2019

November 21 2019

 

Now in its 129th year, the Kettle Campaign is The Salvation Army’s largest fundraising drive of the year – it seeks donations from the public to help assist millions of people living in poverty with the basic necessities of life, such as food, clothing and shelter. We know that one in seven or 4.9 million Canadians are still struggling to make ends meet so there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Last year, The Salvation Army helped over 1.6 million people, providing 3.4 million free meals, assisting 261,000 with Christmas food hampers and toys and over 1.1 million with food, clothing or practical help.  This vital campaign transforms the lives of Canadians including helping people find a way out of poverty.  Every donation to a Christmas kettle remains in the community in which it was given, in order to help local people in need.

 

NB Spirit Festival 2019

November 19 2019

Once again, ANBL will be on site for the 24th edition of the NB Spirit Festival with our Pop-Up Shop, to help you build your list of favorite spirits you loved from the expo. 

You’ll find over 300 spirits including whiskey, rum, gin and tequila as well as brand new spirits never seen at ANBL. Don’t miss out on this opportunity and selection while supplies last. The team at ANBL will help navigate you through the exciting selection of spirits from all corners of the globe. 

We are very proud to once again be the transportation sponsor for the festival. The ANBL Safe Ride Program has become a staple at New Brunswick festivals. As always, our safe ride program will provide festival attendees with convenient and complimentary taxi rides home.  

 

Beaujolais Nouveau 2019

November 19 2019

Four different types of Beaujolais Nouveau will be available in New Brunswick for the international launch date of Nov. 21.

This is the first day these premier wines, the first of the new vintage, can be released.

“The popularity of Beaujolais Nouveau wines among our customers has always been top-level” said Jake Spencer, ANBL Category Manager for wine.  “We believe we have selected four of the best wines from Beaujolais Nouveau for this year. They should be consumed within six months of their launch date.”

The selection will be available at all 44 NB Liquor corporate stores, but in a limited supply. All stores will be providing samples to customers to facilitate their choices.

The following will be available in limited quantities:
• Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 - $22.79
• Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Rose 2019 -$21.99
• Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 - $17.99
• Beaujolais Villages Nouveau Nature - $19.99

Customers are encouraged to pick up their preferred bottle or bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau early while supplies last. 

 

Congratulations to all of our 2019 ANBL Community Foundation Quarterly Lottery winners! 

November 14 2019

If you know an NB based not-for-profit that would benefit from winning $2000, we are accepting applications throughout the month of January.  Check out the community page on www.anbl.com for more information.   

 

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Join us in passing the HALF A MILLION DOLLAR milestone! 

November 12 2019

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ANBL has partnered with MADD Canada since the spring of 2014. Since that time ANBL and the generous people of New Brunswick have donated nearly $500,000 to MADD. In New Brunswick, these funds support such programs as the “Project Red Ribbon” campaign, the school assembly program and public awareness campaigns such as “Campaign 911”.

Customers can support MADD Canada’s very important work when going through ANBL’s cash lanes, starting this Sunday, November 17th, and running until Thursday, November 21st. ANBL is grateful to all customers for the kindness they extend each time they make a donation and reminds everyone to not drive impaired. For more information on MADD Canada, click HERE

 

Riverview Store to Re-open November 7

November 4 2019

After being closed for 10 weeks to undergo renovations, customers will be welcomed back to the ANBL Riverview store, re-opening on November 7th, just in time for the long weekend.  Customers will notice the store has been refreshed with ANBL’s new, modern look.  As part of ANBL’s ongoing commitment to contributing to a sustainable environment, new LED efficient lighting was installed, thereby reducing energy utilization without sacrificing a bright and open shopping experience. 

 

For store hours or details, click here:  https://www.anbl.com/stores 

 

 

ANBL funds new “Dependency to Recovery” program for the Canadian Mental Health Association of NB

November 4 2019

 

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D2R: From Dependency to Recovery is a six-week education program for people living with addiction. The program provides information and resources to assist in staying focused on recovery, which takes effort and a strong support system.

A trained facilitator discusses issues that relate to addiction, including information on symptoms, treatment options, coping strategies and community resources. The aim of D2R: From Dependency to Recovery is to offer assistance and encouragement in a safe and relaxed atmosphere.

There is no cost to attend this program, however seating is limited to 25 participants.

Note: This program does not replace counselling or therapy. If you or someone you know is experiencing addiction and / or mental health issues, please contact your family doctor or Addiction and Mental Health Services.
For more information or to preregister for an upcoming session, please call 506-633-1705 or visit our office in Hillyard Place – 560 Main St, Suite A315, Saint John NB E2K 1J5

 

Alcool NB Liquor releases Q2 Results

October 29 2019

Fredericton - ANBL released its unaudited results for the second quarter, which ended September 29. Total sales for the quarter (13 weeks) were $126.0 million, 2.3 per cent lower than the quarter ended on September 23, 2018 (13 weeks).

Key product sales trends for the second quarter (July 1, 2019 – September 29, 2019) compared to the second quarter last year (June 25, 2018 – September 23, 2018) were:

• wine sales increased 0.1 per cent, up $0.02 million 
• spirit sales decreased 0.1 per cent, down $0.04 million 
• beer sales decreased 6.4 per cent, down $4.05 million and 
• sales of ciders and coolers increased 9.3 per cent, up $1.15 million  

ANBL also released the expenses of the board of directors and of the president and chief executive officer for the second quarter. The expenses are available online

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, 85 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 Tom.Tremblay@anbl.com 


ANBL EXPANDING GROCERY STORE PORTFOLIO

 

October 29 2019

Fredericton, NB – Alcool NB Liquor (ANBL) is expanding its portfolio in grocery stores across New Brunswick to include local, domestic and international beer and ready-to-drink beverage alcohol products, beginning on October 31. 

 “ANBL is responding to consumer demand by expanding our grocery portfolio on a trial basis to include a great selection of beer and ready-to-drink beverage alcohol,” said Patrick Parent, President and CEO of ANBL. “Our research indicates that customers are looking for increased convenience and shopping options. We are working hard to continuously meet our customers needs and to deliver the best value for all our stakeholders.” 

Beer and ready-to-drink beverage alcohol will be available in 66 grocery stores across New Brunswick along with local, domestic and international wines and ciders.

The expanded portfolio includes: 

• Locally produced craft beer including brews from Graystone, Grimross, Maybee, Picaroons, Pumphouse, TrailWay, Petit-Sault.

• Domestic mainstream beer including Alpine, Moosehead Light, Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Budweiser and Bud Light.

• Domestic premium beer including Sleeman Clear, Michelob Ultra, Belgian Moon and Shock Top and more.

• Imported beer including Corona, Stella Artois, Sapporo, Guinness, Heineken and more

• Domestic specialty and craft beer including Blanche de Chambly, St-Ambroise Session, Mill Street Organic and more.

• Coolers and other ready to drink cocktails, sodas, iced tea and refreshment wines including Mike’s Hard, Smirnoff Ice, Motts Clamato, Georgian Bay Gin Smash, Twisted Tea and more.

Beer will be available in four- and six-pack formats as well as 473ml single cans.  Certain imported beers will be available in 500ml cans.  
ANBL manages its portfolio by issuing product calls to local, domestic and international suppliers and by assessing their respective production capacity and sales volumes. 

About ANBL

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 and 66 grocery stores. Its product portfolio comprises over 2,000 products, including wines, spirits, beers and other products, such as cider and coolers.

Media contact: Tom Tremblay, Public Relations Specialist, ANBL – Tom.Tremblay@anbl.com

 

LEST WE FORGET

October 21 2019

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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 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.”  

 

 

 

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