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Labatt to partner with Tilray to tap cannabis drink market

Toronto | Reuters — Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, and Canadian pot producer Tilray Inc. are partnering in a US$100 million joint venture to research cannabis-infused non-alcoholic drinks for the Canadian market, the companies said Wednesday. The alliance, the latest in a string of deals by global alcohol and tobacco giants in Canada’s cannabis



An unauthorized outdoor cannabis “grow” operation found by RCMP northwest of Winnipeg in August 2013. (Photo courtesy Manitoba RCMP)

Canadians spent $5.7 billion on cannabis in 2017

Ottawa | Reuters — Canadians spent an estimated $5.7 billion on cannabis in 2017, Statistics Canada said on Thursday, with the country on track to legalize recreational use of the drug nationwide later this year. About 4.9 million Canadians between the ages of 15 to 64 purchased both medical and non-medical cannabis last year, the

Jason Kang, master distiller at Capital K Distillery, stands in front of the network of stills at his location in Winnipeg.

Distilling the true spirits of Manitoba

Jason Kang of Capital K Distillery has shifted his brewing hobby into a 
full-fledged business, using only Manitoba-grown grain

Winnipegger Jason Kang has taken many jobs since his family immigrated from China in 2003. He has worked in manufacturing and garbage disposal. He has been a dishwasher, a pizza delivery man and a commercial driver. But now he has a different profession behind his name, one that he hopes to make permanent — master

Business development support was good to get their small honeybee apiary and meadery up and running in Alberta, 
says Cherie Andrews, who co-owns Chinook Arch Meadery with her husband Art.

For direct-farm marketers, Alberta is a great place to operate

Support includes help to finance travel and research, and allowing sales of alcohol in farmers’ markets

Direct-farm marketers in Alberta have their share of regulatory hurdles to gripe about, but they have distinct advantages and supports which marketers in other provinces would envy. When apiary owners Cherie and Art Andrews were first eyeing prospects to start making mead (honey wine), the province gave them several kick-starts, not the least of which


Law Changes For Liquor Consumption

New liquor legislation that took effect November 1 means Manitobans can now bring their own bottle of unopened wine to restaurants to have with a meal. This makes Manitoba the sixth province to let patrons BYOW. The initiative is voluntary, meaning diners will need to first check with restaurants to see if they allow it.