This policy provides a definition of growlers and clarifies how manufacturers register liquor products sold in growlers with the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB).
This policy clarifies the Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) rules around use of generic seasonal stock keeping units (SKUs) for BC manufacturers.
Core Size Policy for Spirit Products
Please be aware that we have made a slight adjustment to our policy related to the standard core size for spirits. While the policy continues to follow the Canadian Association of Liquor Jurisdictions (CALJ) Core Size Agreement, we have updated the exception criteria so that a non-standard bottle size may only be approved for registration if the product is premium priced. It also provides a more simple set of guidelines and ensures that consumers continue to have access to premium products.
If you have any questions, please contact Vendor Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Core Size Policy
The LDB follows the Core Size Agreement, developed in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Liquor Jurisdictions (CALJ), for the registration of distilled spirits and non-spirits bearing spirit names. Standard core sizes for distilled spirits and non-spirits bearing spirit names in containers less than three litres are:
- 50 ml
- 200 ml
- 375 ml
- 750 ml
- 1.14 litres
- 1.75 litres
Standard core sizes for Duty Free distilled spirits and non-spirits bearing spirit names are:
- 1 litre
- 1.5 litres
A non-standard bottle size may only be approved for registration if the product is premium priced Liquor Wholesale Supply Chain may reserve the right to delist any non-core-sized product, should it be found that its price has been reduced to below the premium price.
Premium Price: At least $50 per litre wholesale selling price.
Wholesale Selling Price: Duty paid cost plus provincial mark-up.
This policy applies to all domestic and imported distilled spirits and non-spirits which bear spirit names and does not apply to spirit-based refreshment beverages.
Fluid Quantity (ml)
Wholesale price of at least $5
Wholesale price of at least $17.50
Wholesale price of at least $25
Wholesale price of at least $35
Updated for 2018/2019
CALJ Product Identification Standards for Use in the Distribution of Beverage Alochol
To ensure your product meets the federal requirements, please review and download the updated 2018 Canadian Association of Liquor Jurisdictions document outlining the Product Identification Standards for use in the Distribution of Beverage Alcohol.
Highlights of revisions made to the 2018 edition include:
• alignment of UCC/EAN definitions, terminologies and nomenclature with GS-1 and GTIN
• updated references and links to GS1 documents, standards and manuals
• adoption of GS1 GTIN allocation rules and conditions for reuse and reassignment of Item Numbers
• addition of hyperlinks to internal and external references
• removal of outed information and references
• document layout reformatted
LDB Social Responsibility Label Regulations
In addition, it is mandatory for all agents and suppliers to submit a product label photograph with all new packaged product registrations. Our Vendor Relations Team will review the label to ensure it meets the LDB's social responsibility criteria. The LDB Label Regulations for social responsibility is also available for download below.
This policy clarifies the social responsibility criteria applied to all products to determine whether or not a product will be registered for sale in British Columbia.
In order to guarantee product quality for our customers, the Liquor Distribution Branch will adhere to the following guidelines when receiving and delivering perishable beverage alcohol products marked with expiry dates and best before dates:
Stale Dated Inventory
- Beverage alcohol products shipped to the LDB distribution centres with less than three (3) months of shelf life remaining will not be accepted and will be returned to the agent/supplier warehouse.
Short Dated Inventory
- If product is received with less than six (6) months shelf life remaining, the LDB reserves the right to return the un‐sold short* and stale dated product left in the LDB distribution centre(s).
*short dated product is defined as less than two (2) months of shelf life remaining.
Both the expiry date and best before date displayed on the product/case/pallet will be treated as the expiry date.
Organizations that represent out-of-province liquor suppliers, as determined by the LDB, and that have a Special Event Permit, may purchase out-of-province liquor for use at tasting events at the wholesale price. Please review the policy and other relevant information below.
Charities and non-profit organizations that have a Special Event Permit (SEP) may receive donations of liquor product(s) from agents and manufacturers. Please review the policy and other relevant information below.
This policy outlines the LDB’s criteria with respect to registering and classifying liquor products as either a beer or a malt-based refreshment beverage.