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NB Liquor releases first quarter results for 2022-2023

August 2, 2022

Fredericton, NB - NB Liquor released its unaudited results for the first quarter ended July 3, 2022. Total product sales for the quarter were $133.7 million, an increase of 3.1 per cent compared to the same period last year. Net income for the quarter was $52.3 million, 1.4 per cent ahead of the prior year's first quarter net income of $51.6 million.

Key product sales trends for the first quarter (April 4, 2022 - July 3, 2022) compared to the first quarter last year were:

  • wine sales increased 4.4 per cent, up $1.1 million
  • spirit sales increased 6.1 per cent, up $1.7 million
  • beer sales increased 0.7 per cent, up $0.4 million and
  • sales of coolers and cider increased 4.2 per cent, up $0.8 million

 

ANBL continued to work closely with international supply chain partners and suppliers this quarter to navigate supply chain challenges, and the experienced ANBL team was able to continue to meet customer needs by recommending a wide-range of alternative portfolio products.

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ANBL Partners with Food Depot Alimentaire

As part of its overall Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy, ANBL is focusing its community support efforts on food security to ensure contributions from ANBL have a broad reach, and a strong and direct impact in various NB communities.

This spring, ANBL partnered with the Food Depot Alimentaire, a non-profit charitable organization that serves over 100 partner agencies including 63 food banks throughout the province. In the spring, ANBL donated $25,000 to Food Depot Alimentaire towards food bank community gardens and supplies, as well as $10,000 towards warehouse repair costs. More information about the initiative can be found here.

Launch of a Local producer advisory committee

As part of its multi-year Local Producer Strategy, ANBL held its first Local Producer Advisory Committee meeting on June 27, 2022. This committee, comprised of ANBL and representatives from all categories of local alcohol producers in the province, was established as a collaborative forum to share information, hear feedback from producers, and share industry best practices. More information about the committee can be found here.

Launch of first ever pilot program with Elsipogtog Community

ANBL leadership was pleased to launch a First Nations Agency Store Pilot Program in partnership with the community of Elsipogtog. The community is working towards opening its first ANBL agency store later in 2022 in the Elsipogtog Commercial Centre. The First Nations Agency Store Pilot Program is designed to create a partnership between ANBL and select First Nations communities, through the provision of improved customer service and an enhanced shopping experience. More information about the program can be found here.

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 40 corporate retail outlets, 88 private agency store outlets, 87 local producer agency stores, and 73 grocery stores selling wine, cider and beer, as of July 3, 2022. Its product portfolio comprises more than 2,500 products, including wines, spirits, beers and other products, such as coolers and cider products, and locally produced alcoholic beverages.

Over the course of the last 46 years, ANBL has built a network of stores in more than 29 communities around the province, and currently employs roughly 480 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. Fiscal 2022-2023 is a 52-week year.

Media Contact: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, Director of Communications kEncEmailnfejb/sfmbujpotAbocm/dpn

ANBL Holds First Local Producer Advisory Committee Meeting





July 14, 2022

FREDERICTON, NB – As part of its multi-year Local Producer Strategy, ANBL held its first Local Producer Advisory Committee meeting on June 27, 2022. This committee, comprised of ANBL and representatives from all categories of local alcohol producers in the province, was established as a collaborative forum to share information, hear feedback from producers, and share industry best practices.

“We’re pleased to be working side-by-side with this niche industry to identify opportunities to grow the economic impact of New Brunswick’s local alcohol sector,” said Lori Stickles, ANBL President and CEO. “It was a positive inaugural meeting, and we look forward to our next meeting, along with all the progress that is sure to happen in between.”

As New Brunswick’s major liquor retailer, ANBL supports the continued growth of the craft alcohol industry while being focused on sector-wide sustainability that brings the greatest value to all New Brunswickers. The creation of the Local Producer Advisory Committee marks the start of a new relationship based on clear communication, collaboration, and mutual respect.

“This meeting was an important first step toward enhancing communication and collaboration between the local craft alcohol producers and ANBL, the largest strategic partner within our industry,” said Lloyd Chambers, President of Craft Alcohol NB. “We look forward to making progress while continuing to collaborate and share industry best practices amongst all categories of producers.”

Topics for discussion during the meeting included events impacting local alcohol producers, like the launch of ANBL’s multi-year Local Producer Strategy, changes to ANBL’s support program and policies, market shares, quality assurance and export opportunities.

Membership of the Local Producer Advisory Committee was chosen through an application process held in the spring of 2022. The membership includes ANBL, along with representatives from three New Brunswick craft brewers, a macro brewer and one representative each from distilleries, wineries, cideries, cooler producers, and Craft Alcohol NB.

  • 3 + representatives from ANBL
  • 3 NB Craft Brewers (various production sizes)
  • Pump House Brewery
  • Graystone Brewing
  • Les Brasseurs Petit- Sault
  • 1 NB Craft Distiller:
  • Ole Foggy Distillery
  • 1 NB Craft Winery:
  • Magnetic Hill Winery
  • 1 NB Craft Cider Producer:
  • Red Rover Craft Cider
  • 1 NB Craft Cooler Producer:
  • Blue Roof Distillers
  • 1 NB Macro Brewer:
  • Moosehead
  • 2 Craft Alcohol NB:
  • President
  • Executive Director

The committee meets on a quarterly basis.

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 over 1,100 licensees through 40 corporate retail outlets, 88 private agency store outlets, 87 local producer agency stores, and 70 grocery stores. Its product portfolio comprises more than 2,500 SKUs across all retail channels, including wines, spirits, beers and other products, such as coolers and cider products, and locally produced alcoholic beverages.

Media Contact: Emilie Dow, Communications Specialist, kEncEmailnfejb/sfmbujpotAbocm/dpn

ANBL releases unaudited fourth quarter and year-end results for 2021-2022

May 3, 2022

Fredericton, NB – ANBL released its unaudited draft results for the fourth quarter ending April 3, 2022. Total sales for the fourth quarter (14 weeks) were $107.3 million, 3.1 per cent higher than the quarter ending March 28, 2021 (13 weeks).

Key product sales trends for the fourth quarter (December 27, 2021 - April 3, 2022) compared to the fourth quarter last year (December 28, 2020 - March 28, 2021) include:

  • an increase in wine sales of 3.6 per cent, up $0.9 million
  • an increase in spirit sales of 7.5 per cent, up $1.9 million
  • an increase in beer sales of 0.2 per cent, up $0.1 million
  • an increase in coolers and ciders sales of 4.3 per cent, up $0.4 million

 

“I’m extremely proud of the ANBL team for their continued commitment to serving New Brunswickers,” said Lori Stickles, ANBL President and CEO. “This fiscal year, we saw great growth and success thanks to our dedicated team who continued to drive the business forward despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re very proud to have contributed over $200 million to the province that will be used to fund valuable programs and services in communities across the New Brunswick.”

Preliminary, draft and unaudited sales for the 53-week fiscal year ended April 3, 2022 were $519.9 million, up $13.9 million (2.8 per cent) from the previous 52-week fiscal year (2020-2021), which ended March 28, 2021. Preliminary, draft and unaudited net earnings for the year were $199.0 million, down 0.2% compared to fiscal year 2020-2021’s results of $199.4 million. Audited statements will be included in the corporation’s annual report.

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 40 corporate retail outlets, 88 private agency store outlets, 87 local producer agency stores, and 67 grocery stores. Its product portfolio comprises more than 2,491 products, including wines, spirits, beers and other products, such as coolers and cider products, and locally produced alcoholic beverages.

Over the course of the last 46 years, ANBL has built a network of stores in more than 33 communities around the province, and currently employs roughly 480 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. Fiscal 2021-2022 is a 53-week year.

Media Contact: Emilie Dow, Communications Specialist, kEncEmailnfejb/sfmbujpotAbocm/dpn

ANBL Partners with Food Depot Alimentaire as part of its focused Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy

April 19, 2022

Moncton, NB – As part of its overall Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy ANBL is focusing its community support efforts on food security. This change will ensure that efforts and contributions from ANBL will have a broad reach and a strong and direct impact in NB communities to help where there is the greatest need. To support this new direction ANBL has partnered with the Food Depot Alimentaire, a non-profit charitable organization that serves over 100 partner agencies including 63 food banks throughout the province.

In an effort to understand what ANBL employees, customers, and the general public felt was important from a community support perspective, research was conducted with all three groups. The findings were aligned; the area that received the greatest support was food security as a means of poverty reduction in the province.

“We are happy to partner with Food Depot Alimentaire to support food security in our province, a cause that is valued by our organization, customers, and New Brunswickers,” said Lori Stickles, ANBL President and CEO. “Throughout the year, there will be opportunities for customers to make a donation at the cash in our stores. When they do, the funds they donate will stay in their community, and our teams are very excited about that.”

The first area of food support will be for community gardens located in food banks. ANBL will be donating $25,000 for garden supplies to the food banks that already have gardens, as well as funding four new food bank gardens. In addition to ANBL's planned support, $10,000 will be donated to replace funds that had to be unexpectedly used for repair and security costs after a recent theft at the Food Depot Alimentaire Warehouse.

Throughout the year, ANBL is also planning activities to support food security, both internally with team members and publicly with customers such as “Prompt-at-cash” campaigns inviting customers to donate at their leisure.

ANBL staff recently completed their first ever food challenge in support of this new direction. Employees were challenged to see which stores and head office departments could collect the most soup cans for their local food bank with the ‘Soup Can Challenge’. Teams collected nearly 4,000 cans of soup, all headed for various food banks around the province. These types of food challenges will continue internally throughout the year.

“We truly appreciate ANBL’s support as we work towards ending food insecurity in New Brunswick,” said Stephane Sirois, Executive Director of Food Depot Alimentaire. “Hunger is a real challenge faced daily by many New Brunswickers. Partnerships like this one, along with individual donations, are essential as we continue to service those in need.”

Food Depot Alimentaire supports 25,000 visits to food banks every month and collects over $12 million worth of food each year. All the food stays in New Brunswick and serves over 1 million meals each year. Fifty-one per cent of food that Food Depot Alimentaire collects comes from corporate partners, and that’s where ANBL is planning to help.

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 40 corporate retail outlets, 88 private agency store outlets, 87 local producer agency stores, and 67 grocery stores. Its product portfolio comprises more than 2,491 products, including wines, spirits, beers and other products, such as coolers and cider products, and locally produced alcoholic beverages.

ANBL is a motivating partner behind social responsibility programs in New Brunswick. It encourages the responsible use of beverage alcohol by initiating a continued conversation around making educated decisions, responsible consumption and hosting, and ending impaired driving.

As part of its updated Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy, it focuses on promoting food security in New Brunswick communities.

About New Brunswick Food Depot

New Brunswick Food Depot is a registered, non profit charitable organization that serves food banks, community kitchens, school programs and other supportive agencies across New Brunswick. Its primary functions include food storage and distribution, fundraising, food collection and advocacy for the people it serves and the agencies it supports.

Media Contact: Emilie Dow, Communications Specialist, kEncEmailnfejb/sfmbujpotAbocm/dpn

 

ANBL announces pilot program agency store with Elsipogtog First Nation

March 24, 2022

Fredericton, NB – ANBL leadership is pleased to be launching a First Nations Agency Store Pilot Program in partnership with the community of Elsipogtog. The community will be working towards opening its first ANBL agency store later in 2022 in the Elsipogtog Commercial Centre, located off of Route 116.

“I am excited to be sharing the news about the creation of this unique agency pilot program – the first of its kind for ANBL,” said John Correia, chairman of ANBL’s Board of Directors. “We have been working closely with the Economic Development Department of the community of Elsipogtog for some time, since they submitted a business plan to have an ANBL agency store in their community. Chief Arren James Sock and his team were very good to work with on the development of this proposal and their passion for the potential for this project was apparent.” Mr. Correia also acknowledged Arlene Dunn, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, as instrumental in advancing this project without whose support this may not have happened.

The First Nations Agency Store Pilot Program is designed to create a partnership between ANBL and select First Nations communities, through the provision of improved customer service and an enhanced shopping experience. After one year in operation, ANBL will assess the program and evaluate the possibility of expanding the program to other First Nation Communities in the province.

“I’m very pleased to be moving this pilot program forward with the community of Elsipogtog,” said Lori Stickles, President and CEO of ANBL. “It will serve as means to create job opportunities, improve convenience to the community and to continue to develop the beverage alcohol industry in a safe and responsible manner.”

Much like other agency stores, this store will follow the same guidelines, operational structure, retail standards and social responsibility requirements as existing ANBL agency stores across the province.

“We are pleased to announce a partnership with ANBL to establish an Agency Store in the community of Elsipogtog,” said Chief Arren Sock. “Discussions on this project had begun years back as a result of a survey that was sent out to the community, whereby community members shared that “having an agency store would greatly improve customer service and enhance their shopping experience.” Chief Arren Sock continued on to say, “As our community and infrastructure continue to grow, so too does the opportunities for employment growth, revenue generations and the expansion of much needed social programs. Oelalin, Thank you, Elsipogtog Economic Development, ANBL and all partners involved for making this project possible.”

More information about the program is available in the infographic here.

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 40 corporate retail outlets, 88 private agency store outlets, 87 local producer agency stores, and 67 grocery stores. Its product portfolio comprises more than 2,491 products, including wines, spirits, beers and other products, such as coolers and cider products, and locally produced alcoholic beverages.

About Elsipogtog First Nation

Elsipogtog First Nation is a Mi’kmaq First Nation in eastern New Brunswick. Its’ reserve lands include Richibucto Reserve #15, which is comprised of 4,120 acres lying off of Route 116 on the Richibucto River, southwest of Rexton, New Brunswick. There are currently 2,757 members living on-reserve in the community.

The commercial centre that will home the new agency store is a 17,500 square foot center that opened in October of 2016. It is owned by the Elsipogtog First Nation and is operated by the Mlsegnatigeoei Development Corporation. The commercial center is currently home to two community owned businesses: a Pharmasave, the first of its kind - owned and operated by a First Nation community, and River of Fire Market, a community grocery store. The retail center has plenty of parking and is accessible to all members of the public. It is highly visible and conveniently located off of the main Highway 116 that leads into the community.

Media contact: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, Director of Communications, ANBL, 506-429-4695 or kEncEmailnfejb/sfmbujpotAbocm/dpn

 

ANBL inviting local craft alcohol producers to be part of new advisory committee

March 11, 2022

Fredericton, NB – ANBL is inviting New Brunswick’s craft brewers, distillers, winemakers, cider and cooler producers to join a new advisory committee intended to help the industry realize its full potential.

“Our province is home to a talented cluster of award-winning craft alcohol producers whose dreams and passion have lifted the industry to new heights in recent years,” said Lori Stickles, ANBL President and CEO. “As New Brunswick’s major liquor retailer, we support this continued growth while being focused on sector-wide sustainability that brings the greatest value to all New Brunswickers. We hope this advisory group will be the start of a new relationship based on clear communication, collaboration and mutual respect.”

New Brunswick’s craft alcohol sector has seen a significant increase in producers in the last five years. This growth has been supported by ANBL through investments up to $8.7 million annually through waived fees, reduced markups, free product quality testing, marketing and promotion and other specialized services for producers.

Between 2017 and 2022 the sector grew from 53 to 105 active producers now representing a 4.3 per cent revenue share within ANBL corporate and agency stores. The province is home to the most craft brewers per capita in the country, with one brewer per 10,000 New Brunswickers who are drinking age, more than twice the national average.

This advisory committee, chaired by ANBL, will provide a forum to share information and hear feedback from producers, government departments and industry interest groups. Members will be able to share best practices, collaborate on opportunities, identify trends, as well as identify strategies for sustainability and barriers to growth.

Membership will include ANBL, along with representatives from New Brunswick craft brewers (3) a macro brewer, along with one representative each from distillers, wineries, cideries, cooler producers, and the New Brunswick Craft Alcohol Producers Association (NBCAPA).

The committee will meet quarterly starting in the spring of 2022 for one year, with a mandate to advocate, make suggestions and share industry best practices.

“NBCAPA is pleased to be part of this committee. We look forward to the opportunity for enhanced collaboration and sharing of industry best practices amongst all category of producers,” said Lloyd Chambers, President of NBCAPA.

Interested producers have until March 28, 2022 to submit their application. The committee’s full Terms of reference are available online.

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 40 corporate retail outlets, 88 private agency store outlets, 87 local producer agency stores, and 67 grocery stores selling wine, cider and, as of October 31, 2019, beer. Its product portfolio comprises more than 2,491 products, including wines, spirits, beers and other products, such as coolers and cider products, and locally produced alcoholic beverages.

During the last 46 years, ANBL has built a network of stores in more than 33 communities around the province, and currently employs approximately 477 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 this fiscal, 2021-2022.

Media contact: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, Director of Communications, ANBL, 506-429-4695 or kEncEmailnfejb/sfmbujpotAbocm/dpn

 

NB Liquor releases third quarter results for 2021-2022

January 25, 2022

Fredericton, NB – ANBL released its unaudited results for the third quarter ended December 26, 2021. Total sales for the quarter (13 weeks) were $135.1 million, 2.1 per cent higher than the quarter ended December 27, 2020 (13 weeks).

Key product sales trends for the third quarter (September 27, 2021 - December 26, 2021) compared to the third quarter last year (September 28, 2020 - December 27, 2020) were:

  • Wine sales increased 2.3 per cent, up $0.8 million
  • Spirit sales increased 3.1 per cent, up $1.1 million
  • Beer sales decreased 0.5 per cent, down $0.3 million and
  • Ready-to-drink beverages and cider sales increased 9.7 per cent, up $1.1 million

“I wish to take this opportunity to once again thank our customers and our team across the province who have remained diligent with evolving COVID-19 protocols over the past 2 years,” said Lori Stickles, ANBL President and CEO. “Our team has remained resilient throughout and have kept offering a great service to New Brunswickers.”

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 40 corporate retail outlets, 88 private agency store outlets, 89 local producer agency stores, and 67 grocery stores selling wine, cider and, as of October 31, 2019, beer. Its product portfolio comprises more than 2,491 products, including wines, spirits, beers and other products, such as coolers and cider products, and locally produced alcoholic beverages.

Over the course of the last 46 years, ANBL has built a network of stores in more than 33 communities around the province, and currently employs roughly 477 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 this fiscal, 2021-2022.

Media contact: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, Director of Communications, ANBL, 506-429-4695 or media.relations@anbl.com

 

2021 ANBL Community Foundation Quarterly Lottery Winners

December 1, 2021

Congratulations to our 2021 ANBL Community Foundation Quarterly Lottery winners. To learn more about the program guidelines, eligibility requirements, ANBL community zones and where to apply, you can click here.

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NB Liquor releases second quarter results for 2021-2022

October 27, 2021

NB Liquor released its unaudited results for the second quarter ended September 26, 2021. Total sales for the quarter (13 weeks) were $147.7 million, 3.3 per cent higher than the quarter ended on September 27, 2020 (13 weeks).

Key product sales trends for the second quarter (June 28, 2021 – September 26, 2021) compared to the second quarter last year (June 29, 2020 – September 27, 2020) were:

  • wine sales increased 9.9 per cent, up $2.64 million
  • spirit sales increased 4.2 per cent, up $1.23 million
  • beer sales decreased 1.0 per cent, down $0.65 million and
  • sales of coolers and cider increased 7.5 per cent, up $1.56 million

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 41 corporate retail outlets, 87 private agency store outlets, 87 local producer agency stores and 67 grocery stores selling wine, cider, and beer. Its product portfolio comprises more than 2,467 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 45 years, ANBL has built a network of stores in more than 33 communities around the province and employs about 740 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 media.relations@anbl.com

Board of Directors announced appointment of President and CEO of ANBL and Cannabis NB

On behalf of the Board of Directors, today I am pleased to announce the appointment of Lori Stickles as President and CEO of ANBL and Cannabis NB effective September 7, 2021.

No stranger to ANBL, Lori is an accomplished Executive Leader with extensive, proven strategic and financial leadership experience. She is as a trusted business advisor who fosters corporate improvement, organizational change, and positive workplace culture through a personable and collaborative leadership style. Lori was also very instrumental in the success of Cannabis NB last year.

Lori joined ANBL/CNB in 2018 as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, having acquired the necessary skillset throughout an impressive career that included a continuous growth pattern of accountability and business acumen, and establishing a reputation as a leader. Having received her BBA at UNB in 1990, her Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation in 2003 and her Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) designation in 2014, Lori is a positive example of continuous learning and professional development. She is active in her community through various initiatives as a volunteer or advocate, as well as formal Board involvement. The list is diverse and includes United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Chamber of Commerce, local food banks, and supporting improvements in diversity, equity, literacy, and addressing domestic violence.

Lori has been instrumental over the last nine months, leading the corporation as President & CEO in an acting capacity. Simultaneously, she secured the consistency and focus of the business that contributed to the highest result the corporation has experienced. She has led by example and her areas of expertise, including strategic leadership, effective communication, financial management, enterprise risk management, driving results, as well as working through COVID-19 and managing the TEAM through the pandemic have been readily apparent. These competencies and characteristics will continue to serve her, our TEAM, and the people of New Brunswick going forward.

The Board appreciates and acknowledges the effort and expertise of Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette as the third-party recruitment firm that was instrumental through this process, and looks forward to supporting Lori and the entire ANBL/CNB TEAM as we continue to achieve, or exceed, results.

John Correia
Chairman of the Board

 

THE FREE ANBL SAFE RIDE PROGRAM IS BACK FOR THE 2021 HARVEST MUSIC FESTIVAL

Fredericton (NB) - Alcool NB Liquor (ANBL) is pleased to offer its Free ANBL Safe Ride Program once again as part of the upcoming Harvest Music Festival. Free bus transportation will be available to bring festivalgoers downtown, at the heart of the festival grounds before the shows as well as bring them home safely at the end of the night, on either sides of the river.

As part of a three-way partnership between the Alcool NB Liquor (ANBL), the Harvest Music Festival and the City of Fredericton, anyone in the City of Fredericton will have access to a free shuttle service provided by the City of Fredericton Transit system.

The “Free ANBL Safe Ride” will be available Thursday, September 16th to Saturday, September 18th, from 5:00pm to 11:00pm, with stops at all regularly serviced City Transit bus stops on both sides of the river.

From 11:00pm to 3:00am, the City Transit system will have four buses running select return routes to deliver patrons home safely. Two buses will cover Fredericton's Southside, with two buses covering the Northside of Fredericton.

“The ANBL Safe Ride Program has become an integral part of Harvest,” said Jeff Richardson, General Manger of Harvest Music Festival. “This unique partnership with the City of Fredericton and ANBL increases accessibility and allows community members to take full advantage of the festival experience in a safe and convenient way.”

Festival goers will be able to easily catch a bus at King’s place which will be the hub location for the free ANBL Safe Ride.

“ANBL is very excited to once again be a be part of this unique partnership and to be the sponsor of the Free ANBL Safe Ride program,” said Lori Stickles President & CEO of ANBL. “ANBL is committed to helping eliminate impaired driving from our communities. We appreciate The Harvest Music Festival organizing committee and the City of Fredericton for sharing this vision with us, which is why we are offering the Free Safe Ride Program.”

In addition, the Free ANBL Safe Ride program will continue to provide a dedicated shuttle service to the Delta Hotel, Fredericton Inn, Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn, every hour with Trius buses from Thursday to Saturday of the Festival.

Download Fredericton's City Transit schedule here. You can also download ReadyPass, the free mobile app that provides real-time bus tracking and routing with easy-to-use features!

For more information on the ANBL Safe Ride program, please visit our website.

Media Contact: Tom Tremblay (kEncEmailUpn/UsfncmbzAbocm/dpn)

 

ANBL reports $129.7 million-dollar first quarter.

Fredericton, NB - ANBL released its unaudited results for the first quarter ended June 27, 2021.  Total sales for the quarter (13 weeks) were $129.7 million, 2.5 per cent higher than the quarter ended on June 28, 2020 (13 weeks). 

Key product sales trends for the first quarter (March 29, 2021 – June 27, 2021) compared to the first quarter last year (March 30, 2020 – June 28, 2020) were:

  • wine sales decreased 0.3 per cent, down $0.08 million. 
  • spirit sales decreased 1.9 per cent, down $0.52 million. 
  • beer sales increased 2.3 per cent, up $1.31 million and 
  • sales of coolers and cider increased 15.5 per cent, up $2.46 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 41 corporate retail outlets, 87 private agency store outlets, 87 local producer agency stores and 67 grocery stores selling wine, cider and, as of October 31, 2019, beer. Its product portfolio comprises more than 2,267 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 45 years, ANBL has built a network of stores in more than 33 communities around the province and employs about 740 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 Experience Boutique first in North America to offer Boll & Cie Champagnes

July 9, 2021

Moncton, NB - ANBL is proud to partner with Bollicious Import Ltd to announce that Boll & Cie champagnes are now available for purchase at the ANBL Experience Boutqiue in Moncton, New Brusnwick. This marks the first time Boll & Cie champagnes have been made available in North America.

“We are very excited that ANBL has given us the opportunity to have the initial North American launch of these truly special champagnes here in New Brunswick,” says Glenn Carroll, Marketing Manager for Bollicious Import Ltd.

Founded in 1853 in Remis France, Boll & Cie was only known locally to a small group of experts. Since the turn of the 21st century, the house has been revived and now sparkles more than ever. Focusing on exceptional quality, the champagnes are produced in small quantities, and are carefully crafted from selected vineyards in Oger, Le Mesnil sur Oger, Vindley and Montgueux creating elegant and characterful wines.

The distribution of Boll Champagne is limited to selected distributors and restaurants, mainly in France, Germany, UK, Japan, Australia, Hong-Kong and now New Brunswick, Canada. ANBL is delighted to now offer three speciality wines from the Boll & Cie collection:

  • Boll & Cie Rose Brut 2007
  • Boll & Cie Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru 2010
  • Boll & Cie Blanc De Blancs Extra Brut ?

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with Bollicious Import Ltd to offer New Brunswickers these three spectacular champagnes. The team continues to be innovative so that our customers can continue to try unique and special products,” says Leah Anderson, Wine Category Manager for ANBL.

The ANBL Experience Boutique is located at 55 Queen St Suite 103, Moncton, NB and is open Monday through Saturday. ?

Media Contact: Tom Tremblay, Communications, kEncEmailupn/usfncmbzAbocm/dpn

 

ANBL REPORTS UNAUDITED FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR END RESULTS 2020-2021

April 27, 2021

Fredericton, NB – Alcool NB Liquor released its unaudited results for the fourth quarter ended March 28, 2021. Total sales for the quarter (13 weeks) were $104.1 million, 11.5 per cent higher than the quarter ended on March 29, 2020 (13 weeks). Preliminary, unaudited net earnings for the quarter were $39.9 million.

“With these financial results, ANBL is able to make a significant contribution to the province during these trying times,” said Lori Stickles, Acting President and CEO. “This wouldn't be possible without the incredible work of our team members and their dedication to providing the best possible service to New Brunswickers.”

 

Key product sales trends for the fourth quarter (December 28, 2020 – March 28, 2021) compared to the fourth quarter last year (December 30, 2019 – March 29, 2020) were:

  • wine sales increased 11.3 per cent, up $2.45 million
  • spirit sales increased 7.8 per cent, up $1.83 million
  • beer sales increased 6.9 per cent, up $2.86 million and
  • sales of ciders and coolers increased 54.4 per cent, up $3.58 million

Preliminary, unaudited total product sales for the fiscal year ended March 28, 2021, were $506.0 million, up $56.7 million (12.6 per cent) from the previous fiscal year 2019-2020, which ended March 29, 2020. Preliminary, unaudited net income for the year was $199.2 million, up 14.5 per cent compared to fiscal year 2019-2020 results of $173.9 million.

Audited statements will be included in the corporation’s annual report. Expenses for ANBL’s Board of Directors and the Acting President & CEO for the fourth quarter are available online.

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 41 corporate retail outlets, 86 private convenience store outlets and 67 grocery stores. Its product portfolio comprises thousands of products, including wines, spirits, beers, and other products, such as cider and coolers and a large portfolio of locally produced beverage alcohol products. ANBL’s results are reported on a retail reporting cycle which is typically 52 weeks but 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: Tom Tremblay, kEncEmailnfejb/sfmbujpotAbocm/dpn



ANBL ISSUES THIRD QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS

January 13, 2021

Fredericton, NB – Alcohol NB Liquor (ANBL) released its unaudited results for the third quarter ended December 27, 2020. Total sales for the quarter (13 weeks) were $132.4 million, 10.3 per cent higher than the quarter ended on December 29, 2019 (13 weeks). “The ANBL team is committed to managing a successful retail business for New Brunswickers as 100 per cent of our profits are returned to the province. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize it’s more important than ever to maximize those returns,” said acting President and CEO Lori Stickles. Key product sales trends for the third quarter (September 28, 2020 – December 27, 2020) compared to the third quarter last year (September 30, 2019 – December 29, 2019) were:

  • wine sales increased 9.9 per cent, up $2.97 million;

  • spirit sales increased 11.4 per cent, up $3.66 million;

  • beer sales increased 4.8 per cent, up $2.36 million; and

  • sales of coolers and cider increased 40.7 per cent, up $3.40 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 41 corporate retail outlets, 86 private convenience store outlets and 67 grocery stores. Its product portfolio comprises thousands of products, including wines, spirits, beers and other products, such as cider and coolers and a large portfolio of locally produced beverage alcohol products.

 

ANBL’s results are reported on a retail reporting cycle which is typically 52 weeks but 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, kEncEmailUpn/UsfncmbzAbocm/dpn.

 

President and CEO of Alcool NB Liquor and Cannabis NB to resign

December 22, 2020

Fredericton, NB – Patrick Parent, the president and CEO of Alcool NB Liquor (ANBL) and Cannabis NB, has decided to return to a CEO role in the private sector.

“On behalf of the board of directors, I thank Patrick for his dedication to his teams during his tenure,” said John Correia, chair of corporation’s board. “Patrick’s leadership has been instrumental in Cannabis NB’s ongoing success and the development of the ANBL strategic plan.”

Parent joined ANBL and CNB in September of 2019 as CEO and President.

“This was not an easy decision. During my time with ANBL and Cannabis NB, I’ve seen first-hand the dedication and commitment both teams have to managing and operating successful retail businesses for the people of New Brunswick,” said Parent. “The tenacity and resiliency the teams have shown, especially during a global pandemic, has made me proud.”

Correia and the entire board wish Parent and his family happiness in the future, and success in his new role.

Media contact: Thomas Tremblay, Communications, ANBL, kEncEmailUpn/UsfncmbzAbocm/dpn.

 

2020 ANBL Community Foundation Quarterly Lottery Winners

November 24, 2020

Congratulations to our 2020 ANBL Community Foundation Quarterly Lottery winners. To learn more about the program guidelines, eligibility requirements, ANBL community zones and where to apply, you can click here. We will be accepting applications for our 2021 calendar year, throughout the month of January.

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DRAW FOR LIMITED RELEASE STOUT

November 13, 2020

Fredericton, NB – Alcohol NB Liquor (ANBL) customers will have an opportunity to purchase Goose Island’s 2020 Bourbon County Stout through a draw.

“Each year, Goose Island releases a limited release of their Bourbon County Stout, which is sought after by beer drinkers across the world,” said Alcool NB Liquor’s President and CEO Patrick Parent. “We’re proud to have been chosen as the only retailer in Atlantic Canada to secure a supply of the Bourbon County Stout and give our customers the opportunity to purchase it.”

ANBL has secured 132 bottles of the stout and to ensure the health and safety of our customers and store teams, customers will be able to enter a draw for a chance to purchase one bottle of the product during the Black Friday release. 

Those interested must be of legal drinking age and will have until Nov. 17 to enter the draw. Winners will be drawn on Nov. 18 and bottles will be available on Nov. 27 to be sold and picked up from ANBL. Full draw details can be found online.

Media contact: Thomas Tremblay, Communications, ANBL, kEncEmailUpn/UsfncmbzAbocm/dpn.

 

ANBL ISSUES SECOND QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS

October 8, 2020

Fredericton, NB – Alcohol NB Liquor (ANBL) released its unaudited results for the second quarter ended September 27, 2020. Total sales for the quarter (13 weeks) were $142.9 million, 13.4 per cent higher than the quarter ended on September 29, 2019 (13 weeks).

“ANBL continues to deliver an impactful financial return to the people of New Brunswick,” said President and CEO Patrick Parent. “We had a very successful second quarter and are projecting another record-breaking fiscal year.”

Key product sales trends for the second quarter (June 29, 2020 – September 27, 2020) compared to the second quarter last year (July 1, 2019 – September 29, 2019) were:

  • wine sales increased 0.8 per cent, up $0.20 million;

  • spirit sales increased 12.4 per cent, up $3.27 million;

  • beer sales increased 10.6 per cent, up $6.29 million; and

  • sales of coolers and cider increased 53.1 per cent, up $7.16 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 41 corporate retail outlets, 86 private convenience store outlets and 66 grocery stores. Its product portfolio comprises thousands of products, including wines, spirits, beers and other products, such as cider and coolers and a large portfolio of locally produced beverage alcohol products.

ANBL’s results are reported on a retail reporting cycle which is typically 52 weeks but 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, kEncEmailUpn/UsfncmbzAbocm/dpn

 

MASKS TO BE MANDATORY

October 5, 2020

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Effective October 8th, masks will be mandatory in all of our corporate stores.  

Q: Why is ANBL making masks mandatory while in your stores?

With cold weather approaching, ANBL is updating our COVID-19 safety procedures to prevent lineups and having our customers waiting outside to enter our stores. By making masks mandatory while in our stores we can continue to keep our team members and customers safe, while increasing the capacity in the store.

Q: I have a medical condition which creates a health risk when I wear a mask, do I have to wear one?

Face masks are not required when:

  • A medical professional has advised a customer that wearing a mask may pose a health risk to or impair the breathing of the wearer.

  • The person is physically unable to put on or take off the mask without assistance.

  • The person has trouble breathing, is unconscious or cannot remove the mask without help.

  • The person is deaf or hard of hearing and relies on facial and mouth movements to communicate

  • The person is a baby or toddler under two years of age.

Q: Even with the implementation of mandatory masks, I still do not feel comfortable entering a store. Is there any other way I can purchase product?

ANBL has launched a curb-side pickup program that allows customers the ability to place an order and pick it up on the same day, without having to leave their vehicle. For all information pertaining to this program, please visit click here.

 

ANBL REPORTS UNAUDITED FIRST QUARTER RESULTS – 2020-2021

July 8, 2020

Fredericton, NB – Alcool NB Liquor NB released its unaudited results for the first quarter ended June 28, 2020. Total sales for the quarter (13 weeks) were $126.6 million, 15.2 per cent higher than the quarter ended on June 30, 2019 (13 weeks).

Key product sales trends for the first quarter (March 30, 2020 – June 28, 2020) compared to the first quarter last year (April 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019) were:

  • wine sales increased 6.6 per cent, up $1.61 million
  • spirit sales increased 15.5 per cent, up $3.79 million
  • beer sales increased 9.5 per cent, up $4.89 million and
  • sales of coolers and cider increased 67.7 per cent, up $6.39 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 41 corporate retail outlets, 86 private convenience store outlets and 66 grocery stores. Its product portfolio comprises thousands of products, including wines, spirits, beers and other products, such as cider and coolers and a large portfolio of locally produced beverage alcohol products.

ANBL’s results are reported on a retail reporting cycle which is typically 52 weeks but 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: Please email kEncEmailnfejb/sfmbujpotAbocm/dpn

 

ANBL reports unaudited fourth quarter and year end results – 2019-2020

April 28, 2020

Fredericton, NB – Alcool NB Liquor released its unaudited results for the fourth quarter ended March 29, 2020. Total sales for the quarter (13 weeks) were $93.2 million, 0.3 per cent higher than the quarter ended on March 31, 2019 (14 weeks). 

Preliminary, unaudited net earnings for the quarter were $32.3 million. 

The last two weeks of the quarter marked the beginning of emergency measures to respond to COVID-19 requiring ANBL to adapt very quickly to ensure customer and team safety.  It is estimated that the impact of COVID-19 on sales during the last two weeks of the quarter was an increase of approximately 12 per cent. In addition, during the same period additional expenses in response to COVID-19 totalled approximately $600,000.

Key product sales trends for the fourth quarter (December 30, 2019 – March 29, 2020) compared to the fourth quarter last year (December 24, 2018 – March 31, 2019) were:

• wine sales decreased 0.2 per cent, down $0.04 million 
• spirit sales increased 0.6 per cent, up $0.15 million 
• beer sales decreased 1.3 per cent, down $0.54 million and 
• sales of ciders and coolers increased 11.0 per cent, up $0.65 million  

Preliminary, unaudited sales for the fiscal year ended March 29, 2020 were $449.1 million, up $16.1 million (3.7 per cent) from the previous fiscal year 2018-2019, which ended March 31, 2019. Preliminary, unaudited net earnings for the year were $173.8 million, up 2.8% compared to fiscal year 2018-2019’s results of $169.0 million.  Audited statements will be included in the corporation’s annual report.
ANBL also released the expenses of the board of directors and of the President and Chief Executive Officer for the fourth quarter. The expenses are available online

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 41 corporate retail outlets, 87 private convenience store outlets and 66 grocery stores. Its product portfolio comprises thousands of products, including wines, spirits, beers and other products, such as cider and coolers and a large portfolio of locally produced beverage alcohol products.

ANBL’s results are reported on a retail reporting cycle which is typically 52 weeks but 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:  Tom Tremblay, Communications, tom.tremblay@anbl.com

 

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

 

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.”