Canada Jan wrote:hpulley wrote:Won't be the first or last distillery upset at the LCBO. We aren't getting any more Bruichladdich for a reason!
I used to be the agent for Bruichladdich and at that time there was plenty of it in the LCBO. We agreed to discontinue our relationship 2 years ago for business reasons. I think they have wonderful products and like many other suppliers their products should be in the LCBO. The LCBO has a certain way of doing business and it's very difficult for suppliers in other countries to comprehend. So many obstacles seem to be put in their way and all the suppliers want is to sell their products the way they do elsewhere in the World. I have many requests from customers who want to see more Signatory and Douglas Laing products in the LCBO. I receive calls frequently for the Edradour 10 Year Old that's been sold out for a while but the LCBO doesn't want to order. There are a lot of politics invloved and it's extremely disheartening.
As a customer I shouldn't need to know any of this stuff but I do. I shouldn't need to know about private order either, but as you know I do know about it. Suppliers just want to sell and customers just want to buy, then we have the huge roadblock called the LCBO in the middle. No one seems to care about our plight, unfortunately, in the LCBO or the gov't. They expect all special listings to be 75% sold in 2 months and 100% sold in 3 or else they have penalties. They are currently inviting 3 submissions of scotch whisky per agent in a price range of $39.95-$99.95. So if an agent's portfolio includes 3 distilleries/bottlers they can submit 1 from each or a few from one in the hopes that something will be accepted. It must be disheartening indeed. In their list of themes for the bimonthly releases this year and next year there is ONE (1) release which is themed 'scotch' plus one called 'Robbie Burns' for the whole two year period:
http://www.lcbotrade.com/pdf/2007-08_Sp ... tter_3.pdf
http://www.lcbotrade.com/pdf/VINTAGES_P ... r_2008.pdf