The province has announced it is making a number of changes, expanding the list of alcoholic beverages allowed with food orders to include ready-to-drink manufactured alcoholic beverages.
Atlantic Vice-President for Restaurants Canada praises recent Nova Scotia changes to liquor license regulations.
On Wednesday, the provincial government announced it is making a number of changes, expanding the list of alcoholic beverages allowed with food orders to include ready-to-drink manufactured alcoholic beverages and increasing the value of a bottle of wine. authorized with home delivery at more than three times the cost of the food order to enable the sale of premium wines with food purchases.
Luc Erjavec told NEWS 95.7 replacement host Todd Veinotte that many of these changes will help the industry as it continues to fight the effects of the pandemic.
“There are measures out there that will reduce costs for restaurants, they will drive sales and allow us to better serve our customers, all at no cost to taxpayers,” Erjavec said.
Some other changes include the ability for third-party delivery services and drivers to deliver alcoholic beverages with food if they meet certain conditions.
“We were allowed to do it, but you could only do it with your own staff and it was really a barrier for small businesses,” he said.
According to Erjavec, one of the main changes made by the province is the implementation of a cap of 15% on the fees that bars and restaurants pay for deliveries to third parties and of 10% if a customer uses a food delivery app to order.
“Before this change, one of these third-party delivery services billed restaurants about 20 to 30 percent of the cost of the meal,” Erjavec said. “So the new measure that can save these companies thousands of dollars.”