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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

 

Thank you

January 21 2020

Cristal Champagne Dinner

On October 26, 2019, guests were treated to an incredible Cristal Champagne dinner.  Executive Chef, Matt Pennell, and Chef de Cuisine, Adam Lund, created some mouth-watering plates to pair with each of the featured champagnes.  
ANBL wants to thank Bill Vance, the World Wine and Food Expo team and event sponsor Wellington-Altus Private Wealth, for donating $10,000 to the ANBL Community Foundation from this event.  

 

ANBL Encourages Customers to “Know When ZERO’s the Limit”

January 16 2020

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ANBL wants customers to be aware of Canada’s low risk drinking guidelines.  These are occasions when everyone is encouraged to make the safe choice to not consume alcohol when:

• driving a vehicle 
• using machinery or tools
• doing physical activity
• living with alcohol dependence
• responsible for the safety of others
• smoking, vaping or consuming cannabis

 

2019 Achievements

January 14 2020

Contributions made possible by the generosity of our customers, partners and team members. 

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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.

 

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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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

 

 

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