Alberta’s wine sippers, VLT players push up revenue for AGLC

Wine drinkers and VLT players helped drive up revenue for Alberta’s liquor, gambling and cannabis regulator last year.

With the province continually pushing the craft beer craze, numbers released by the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis in their 2017-2018 annual report, showed Albertans had a new interest in wine.

The fiscal year, which ended March 31, 2018, showed a $17.6-million spike in wine sales over the previous year, totalling just under $610 million in total wine sales.

Beer didn’t see such a spike in sales, only netting AGLC just under $400,000 more than 2017. That, however, shouldn’t deter from the $1.06 billion in beer sales alone.

Much like wine, the sale of coolers and ciders also grew in the last fiscal year showing $9 million more in sales than years past.

The number of alcoholic products grew in Alberta, with 1,519 new products hitting the shelves. In total, 358,135,400 litres of alcohol was sold in Alberta from the 24,334 liquor products offered.

Last year, the AGLC issued a total of 174 new liquor licences across the province. The province also saw an expansion in liquor manufacturing licences issues issuing 119 in the last year — up from 85 in 2016-2017.

AGLC currently operates 5,984 VLTs in 837 retail locations across the province which generated the province $10.9 million more than the last year.

In 2018, the AGLC totalled of $2.627 billion in net sales, up from the $2.608 billion in 2017.

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