New Democrat leader Adrian Dix and agriculture critic Lana Popham will be in Kelowna this afternoon to talk about proposals their party wants to implement to help the artisan distillery industry.
Following policies now allowed in the wine business, the NDP proposed today:
— Direct sales to restaurants and licensees, in addition to sales through the Liquor Distribution Branch;
—On-site lounges and event areas;
— Adjusting the Liquor Distribution Branch mark up to 129 per cent from 170, and exempting storefront sales from commission.
The NDP proposes creating a craft artisan distillery designation. This classification would entail producing less than 50,000 litres annually in an artisan pot still, using at least 50 per cent local agriculture products.
Kelowna has at least two small distillers — Vernon-based Okanagan Spirits' second outlet, and Urban Distilleries.