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Alcohol and cannabis companies form pot-beverage industry group to push changes

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  • TORONTO — A group of alcohol and cannabis companies have formed an industry alliance to push for changes to proposed rules governing pot-infused beverages before edibles become legal in the coming months.

    The Cannabis Beverage Producers Alliance is arguing for, among other things, the ability to produce pot-based drinks in the same facilities where non-cannabis beverages are made.

    The additional cost of establishing separate manufacturing and processing facilities is a “significant barrier to entry,” particularly for small and mid-sized producers, said Paddy Finnegan, business unit manager for food and beverage at Lakeside Process Controls, an alliance member.

    The extra cost will also make it harder to compete with the illicit market on price, he added.

    “Those producers that are able to enter the market, at all, are not going to be able to do so at a price point that is appetizing to the consumer,” Finnegan said during a news conference.

    The group, which launched on Wednesday with 10 member companies including the Molson Coors-Hexo Corp.-joint venture Truss Beverages, is also arguing for less stringent marketing rules that would allow companies to use terms related to alcoholic beverages, such as “wine.” As well, the group is pushing for companies to be able to tap existing alcohol brand and product names for pot-infused drinks.

    Ottawa finished its consultation process for its proposed rules in February, but has not yet released the final version. Health Canada has said the final rules must be brought into force no later than Oct. 17, 2019.

    Under Health Canada’s proposed rules for edibles, pot-infused drinks and food must be made in a separate facility. Draft regulations, which were released in December, also stipulate that companies that make alcoholic beverages cannot use their existing names or brands on cannabis drinks.

    Certain terms related to alcoholic beverages are also prohibited from use in connection with cannabis-based drinks under the draft regulations.

    Preventing the use of words such as “beer” in connection with cannabis-beverages would be “very confusing for the Canadian consumer,” said Terry Donnelly, chief executive of Hill Street Beverage Company.

    The alliance, led by former Nova Scotia premier Darrell Dexter, anticipates that the government’s final rules for edibles will be released this summer.

    The group hopes their concerns will be heeded, but if not, its members are “prepared for plan B under the current proposed regulations,” said Lisa Campbell, chief executive of Lifford Cannabis Solutions consultancy, a group member.

    “Ideally, we’ll see some flexibility, especially around marketing,” she said. “If we really want to limit the black market, we need to have branding and marketing that can compete with it.”

     

     

    Companies in this story: (TSX:TPX.B, TSX:HEXO)

     

    Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press


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    WATCH: Unreserved Auction June 15 – Stunning property just west of Rimbey- Open House this Saturday 1-4 pm

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    Conservatives urge Liberals to expedite promised relief for canola farmers

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  • OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives said Thursday they’re hearing from frustrated canola producers who are still waiting for financial relief recently promised by the Liberal government.

    Canola producers are expressing concern about funding promised three weeks ago that can’t be accessed, Tory shadow minister for agriculture Luc Berthold said in a letter to Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.

    “My colleagues and I have heard from a number of canola producers who have been told by the Canadian Canola Growers Association that the enhancements promised by you three weeks ago are not yet available,” he wrote.

    The time period is “like an eternity” for canola producers under the current circumstances, Berthold added, suggesting the government needs to fix the situation immediately. 

    “Minister, it is irresponsible for you to make an announcement and not be able to follow through in a timely manner,” Berthold wrote. “It is unacceptable that the only concrete measure that your government has taken to help canola producers is stalled.”

    Earlier this month, the federal Liberals promised financial aid to canola farmers in an attempt to lessen the impact of China’s decision to ban their products as an apparent part of a trade dispute.

    The announcement changed a program that advances farmers money against the expected value of their crops, raising loan limits to $1 million from $400,000 and upping an interest-free portion to $500,000 from $100,000.

    In a statement, Bibeau did not specifically respond to the concern about delays in the loan program but she stressed the government is working hard to address the canola issue along with farmers and industry.

    “We know that Canada has the best canola in the world and we are providing support to our farmers to help them manage the impact of current market disruptions,” she said.

    China has rejected Canadian canola seeds in recent months and barred shipments from two of Canada’s biggest exporters in what is considered retaliation for the detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

    Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has called for the Liberals to take a more confrontational approach with China, suggesting Canada needs to appoint a new ambassador, launch a complaint about the canola dispute with the World Trade Organization and cut Canadian funding to China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, to which the government has committed $256 million over five years.

    International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr has said there is agreement across the sector, including with provincial governments and producers, that Canada should engage China on the basis of its allegation, which is that there are impurities in canola that has been sent by Canada to China. Canadian requests for evidence have produced no meaningful replies, the government says, and inspections in Canada have found no evidence of contamination.

    China imported $2.7 billion worth of Canadian canola seed last year and there are concerns that a prolonged blockage will hurt farmers, the industry and the overall economy.

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    Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press

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