The Value-Add Program offers customers something extra when they purchase a featured product in LCBO stores. This program is well received and generates a great deal of excitement with both customers and store employees.
$700.00 participation fee per rep or plant applied value-add per Promotional Turn (flat rate). The supplier is responsible for providing the Value-Add or "give-away" items. Participants will also absorb the costs of added duties, freight and excise taxes in order to maintain the regular price of a product during the Promotional Turn.
Terms and Conditions
Suppliers are responsible for the production of Value-Add items. Value Add items must not interfere with any adjacent products (i.e. oversized). There are no size specifications for non beverage alcohol Value-Add items. The applicable Category Manager must approve all Value-Added items. Value-Added items may be applied to the product by the supplier prior to shipping or by sales representatives in store.
Wording on P.O.P.
Product labeling and signage for Value-Add items highlighting the giveaway must read, “Free with Purchase. “ It is not acceptable to use the word “Free” by itself.
Follow this link for information. Value-Added items must be defined on the application, "To Be Determined (TBD)" will not be accepted.
Food Value-Add Program Requirements
Food Value-Add products are subject to specific regulatory requirements pertaining to product composition, labeling and traceability. The LCBO updated the framework supporting the Value-Add program to incorporate specific requirements for Food products to ensure compliance with the regulations.
Effective February, 2021, Food Value-Add submissions that are considered for the Promotional Program require to undergo an Attestation and Traceability information disclosure.
Suppliers are required to complete a Food Product Value-Add Questionnaire where the Agent/Vendor provides required information related to product composition, labeling and traceability.
Vendors must be aware that Product Traceability records must be provided to the LCBO within 5 hours from the request for such records. Typically, requests for Product Traceability are prompted by Quality Investigations up to/including Product Recalls therefore a timely response is critical to ensure product safety and compliance requirements. For more details related to CFIA Traceability requirements please refer to: Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (justice.gc.ca).
Applications with value-adds must include a description of the value-add and size. For Online Exclusives, value-add dimensions must be provided in its packaged form. Wherever possible, provide a picture of the value-add in the ‘Supporting Creative and Assets’ Tab in excel application.
NOTE: The description of value-add should include as much detail as possible, including but not limited to:
- - All offer contents (tools, branded box, etc.)
- - Quantity of value adds
- - Packaging colour
- - Size (mL) if applicable
- - Type of glass – rocks, balloon, martini
- - Is it branded?
- - Is the value-add FREE? Or incremental in cost?
- - Any extra unique aspects?
If your value-add is or has a food component, please complete the Food Product Value-add Questionnaire posted on the Promotional Calandar page for more information.
Value-Add Program Update (April 2023)
The follow requirements have been instituted for value-adds. These requirements will be in effect moving forward for applications as of FY24 P11/P12/P13.
- Near pack value-adds on End Aisles must be applied to all SKUs the End and must be confirmed at time of application.
- Near pack value-add dimensions must be submitted at time of the application, for planogramming and e-commerce shipping information purposes.
- On-pack and near pack value-adds cannot be a gift bag or reusable bag. Exceptions should be discussed with Category for pre-approval.
NOTE: Applications without all required information will be declined.