The popularity of local products, including world class Nova Scotia produced craft beer, has helped give Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation sales a boost.
The corporation announced Tuesday that its total sales in the first quarter of 2016-17 went up about 10.1 per cent over the same period last year, or $14.4 million, while net earnings increased 10.3 per cent, or $5.8 million.
With over 36 licensed microbreweries across the province now, sales of Nova Scotia craft beer went up 48.4 per cent to $2.5 million total. Nova Scotia craft beer had a strong year in 2015-2016 that continued into the first quarter of this year, and the NSLC acknowledges that we are “gaining a reputation at home and beyond, and continue to perform very strongly in terms of sales in stores.”
In total, the NSLC sold $157.9 million worth of product during the first quarter of the fiscal year year, for total earnings of about $62.1 million.