WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government has introduced legislation that would allow licensed food establishments to sell liquor with take-out and delivery meal service.
The amendments to the Liquor, Gaming, and Cannabis Control Act would offer consumers additional options in purchasing liquor products, not presently available under current liquor laws.
“For several years, restaurant owners have expressed interest in selling wine, beer and single-serve beverages through food take-out or delivery service,” said Crown Services Minister Jeff Wharton.
“This is a win-win for businesses and customers as restaurants will now be able to expand their business and offer an additional service to customers.”
The province says restaurants would set liquor delivery and take-out pricing as the same as in-dining menu prices. Their delivery drivers carrying alcohol would also have to be 18+, be certified by the LGCCA’s Smart Choices responsible sales and service program, and conduct mandatory identification checks.
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries currently offers liquor delivery as a standalone service.
Wharton adds several private wine stores have indicated they see the changes as an opportunity to sell more wine to their corporate restaurant customers.