BCRFA Newsletter – November 2015 – Business UpdateNov 25, 2015 admin
The market in BC although showing continued solid trends in sales, continues to be a challenging market for business operators. In addition, changes to the way liquor is sold in BC has created deep divisions within industry particularly around the sale of wine in grocery stores, BCLDB Sunday openings and municipal regulations potentially restricting retail growth in sales of alcohol. Our sole focus on liquor issues is the health of all license holders-food and liquor primary together. That focus has market appeal and as a result we are experiencing growth from liquor primary operators joining us as they see that there is little difference between food and liquor primary operations when it comes to regulation on liquor. We welcome this and will continue to represent the broader industry in matters of reducing red tape, negotiating hospitality wholesale pricing and buying from the private sector.
BC Industry sales statistics
The Canadian economy is performing below expectations (economic growth of 1.2%). The federal government is also forecasting a 2016/2017 deficit of over 3 billion dollars in part due to the weak commodities market. On the other hand, BC will lead Canada in forecasted economic growth of over 2%. This combined with a balanced provincial budget, a lower Canadian dollar fuelling tourism and industry innovation will help grow our industry sales.
BC Restaurant and bar sales for the quarter June-August 2015, unadjusted compared to last year (stats Canada):
Full Service +5%
Other Industry facts
Casual Dining in Vancouver, a growing trend
On The Coast’s Urban Foodie Anya Levykh says the coming holiday season means an onslaught of new restaurants opening over the next few months. And she says the word this season for the new restaurants is: casual.
Carl’s Jr plan significant Metro Vancouver Expansion
Wholesale Liquor Pricing for Hospitality
We meet two weeks with both John Yapp and Doug Scott GM-LCLB. John has been asked by Minister Coralee Oakes to undertake a review of pricing for hospitality (licensees). We discussed two points-wholesale pricing and the ability to purchase from the private sector. (The latter being recently legislated in Saskatchewan). We have been asked to follow up with a formal presentation on how wholesale pricing and private sector buying can be accomplished in BC given the government’s revenue neutrality standard. Other organizations, notably Restaurants Canada, ABLE, and the BC Wine Institute are similarly aligned on the issue. We believe this will become reality in 2016. We will update accordingly.
Red Tape Reduction
Minister Coralee Oakes (Minister of Small Business, Red-Tape Reduction and Liquor) has undertaken the following review….
The BC government is collecting online comments and emails during a 6 week period between October 22nd and December 3rd at 4:00 pm. During this time, you are encouraged to post comments and thoughts on the services, processes, policies, and rules that affect you.
Please input your thoughts. The BCRFA has submitted several recommendations thus far.
This valuable resource was produced In partnership with the Provincial Government-Small Business Ministry. There is also a web site we launched with government to help new restaurants to open. Please contact us should you wish a hard copy.
On Line Guide to Opening a Restaurant
This on-line resource is a very detailed guide to all the things critical to opening and operating your restaurant.
Rising Tide Consultants Liquor Licensing Policy and Procedure Manual
This customized liquor policy and procedures manual is a must. It deals with all operational and legal issues associated with serving liquor. By having strict policies in place will help you with the defence of due diligence and potentially save you considerable costs. Please read the article below from Andrew Gay LLP on due diligence.
BCRFA and The Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce
In a move being applauded by the business community at large, the BCRFA and the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce have an agreement that will see a single membership that covers both the Chamber and BCRFA. There will be a significant cost savings for the membership, increased vendor offerings and wider representation for business at a local and provincial level. As well, the Chamber will be heading up the spring dining out program with the BCRFA.
Metro Vancouver-Grease Traps
We have been working with Metro Vancouver over the issue of grease traps. There is a bylaw that is being applied retroactively that is causing some significant cost issues for our members. We are working with Metro to find a solution that is practical, cost effective an within Metro’s mandate. We will provide updates as necessary. If you have any comments, please email email@example.com
BC Employment Standards made Simple-GO2 HR webinar
November 24th from 10am-11:00 am
NPD Webinar-Digital Influence at foodservice
Emerging BCRFA Issues:
Okanagan Wine and Dine January 21-February ,7 2016
Membership in the BCRFA
Please contact our office for membership information at 604-669-2239 or firstname.lastname@example.org. BCRFA members are more informed and generally more profitable as a result of their membership (cost savings, information and marketing/dining programs). Membership prices range from $295-$345 dollars per year. The BCRFA is home to over 3,000 restaurants and suppliers and has an expanded network of industry professionals on its board and in regions throughout BC.
Thank you to our partners for supporting our industry.