Please be advised of the following updates and changes:
Minimum Retail Price Increases
On Tuesday, March 1, 2022, the minimum retail prices (MRP) for beverage alcohol categories will increase in accordance with Ontario Regulation 750/21 under the Liquor License and Control Act (see here). Please note beer rates remain unchanged from the current rates. These updated rates reflect recent amendments to the regulation governing minimum prices. Similar increases to minimum prices took place in past years. The regulation requires minimum prices to be increased by the three-year average of the Consumer Price Index. Updated pricing calculators can be found here.
For suppliers who wish to re-quote, please note the following key dates:
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - revised wholesale quote deadline
Monday, January 31, 2022 - wholesale quote revisions effective
Tuesday, March 1, 2022 - retail price effective
Quotes must be e-mailed to email@example.com.
Imported Spirit Pricing (excluding ready-to-drink products)
To align with the new MRP’s, imported spirit suppliers may also request their retail price(s) be forced up to meet new floor prices. Use the template here to note any SKUs which have impacts to their upcoming LTO’s, price band status, floor price, etc. due to the new MRP’s and require forcing up. This document along with a new quote letter must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by Tuesday, January 11, 2022. The new retail prices for these products will be forced up on Tuesday, March 1, 2021. Upon purchase order receipt, prices will be recalculated based on revised quote and rates.
If the LCBO does not receive a revised quote, it will be assumed that the supplier does not wish to have the retail price forced up as stated above. The new retail price will be calculated according to the regular quote increase schedule based on purchase order receipt. Please note that in this latter circumstance, it is possible that any approved Limited Time Offers (LTO) will be cancelled should they fall below the new minimum retail prices.
Limited Time Offers (LTO)
For impacted products participating in the LTO program in P13, the retail price will need to be forced up beginning P12 – January 31, 2021 to meet MRP. Suppliers should review P13 and future LCBO promotional programs to ensure that they adhere to the new minimum floor prices. Products on upcoming promotion falling below minimum retail floor price will be cancelled if not adjusted accordingly. Please work with your category representative should you have any questions on this process.
Spirits Price Bands
Please find attached a list of the new corresponding spirits price bands here. To ensure that your product is classified in the appropriate price band and/or to notify the Category Manager of any planned changes to retail price, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for white spirits or email@example.com for brown spirits by Monday January 10, 2022.
Beer Basic Fee/Mark-up
The government has delayed the indexation of the beer basic tax rate to March 1, 2023. As a result, the LCBO will also pause the indexation of the beer basic fee / mark-up previously planned for March 1, 2022. Current rates will continue to apply unchanged until further notice. This deferral does not affect the indexation of beer cost of service noted below.
LCBO Cost of Service Rates – applicable to ALL beer products
Please be advised that index-linked increases to the LCBO beer in-store and out-of-store cost of service rates will take effect Tuesday March 1, 2022. The revised rates are listed in the table below and can be found in our updated “March 2022” pricing calculators here.
March 1, 2022
In-store cost of service
Out of store cost of service
To administer this change for March 1, the submission schedule for beer price changes will be modified as follows:
· Monday, February 7 – submissions and supplier quotes due by 4 p.m. for March 1 effective date
· Monday, February 14 – no price change submissions will be accepted
· Monday, February 21 – no beer price changes; price change submissions will be accepted on Tuesday, February 22 for March 7 effective date
· Tuesday, March 1 – new rates and retail prices in effect, regular submission and price change schedule resumes
For brewers of Ontario beer listed at TBS, LCBO or Grocery
To maintain the current retail price, no action is required. The product will be re-priced to reflect the change in Cost of Service, and the supplier quote will be reduced accordingly with no change to the retail price. If a change in price is desired on March 1, please submit the updated Beer Price Submission form.
For brewers of imported beer
Retail prices will be adjusted on March 1 to reflect the change in Cost of Service. To maintain the current retail price for March 1, a revised wholesale quote is required along with a completed Beer Price Submission form. The quote must state: “The supplier will pay to reduce the cost of inventory on hand and on order.” Please note: For products listed at TBS, no changes will be made to licensee prices or pack-up prices unless requested by the brewer on the Beer Price Submission form.
All quotes and beer price submission forms must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadlines indicated above.
Fortified Wine Mark-up (20.1% ABV and Above)
On November 29, 2021, the Liquor Licence and Control Act, 2019 and associated regulations came into force. Under Ontario Regulation 750/21, a clarified definition of fortified wine as ‘wine to which an alcoholic distillate has been added and that contains no more than 20 per cent alcohol by volume (ABV)’. To maintain consistency between LCBO pricing categories and the regulation, the LCBO Board has adjusted the mark-up for certain fortified wine products with high alcohol content.
Effective March 1, 2022, fortified wines with an ABV equal to 20.1% or higher will be applied a mark-up rate of 114%, equivalent with the existing cream and flavoured wine mark-up. This change relates to pricing only and will not impact the merchandising of products as fortified wines. For suppliers who wish to re-quote please follow the re-pricing schedule outlined in the Minimum Retail Price Increases noted above.
Logistics Average Freight Rates (LAFR) Review
The quarterly review of the LAFR is complete and suppliers impacted by this review have already received notification. Any supplier wishing to adjust their quote as a result of this review should consider all the above changes when submitting a revised quote. Please note LAFR requotes submission dates have been extended to sync with the above changes – quotes are due on January 11, 2022 as per above.
Enhanced Pricing Calculators
The pricing department has launched our newly enhanced pricing calculators located here. All agents and suppliers must use the new March calculators when re-quoting for the changes noted above and for any future price changes after March 1, 2022. This will allow agents and suppliers to manage their pricing portfolios more effectively by reducing the manual inputs involved while utilizing the calculators.
Questions regarding pricing may be directed to email@example.com.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership.