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Governments of Canada and BC Support BC Wine Export Opportunities to West Coast US

Posted on May 1, 2018

KELOWNA – Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country is pleased to acknowledge that in partnership with the province of British Columbia, the federal government is providing more support to the BC wine industry to help it expand its international export markets.

The Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada, under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, will provide $50,000 to the BC Wine institute (BCWI) to help B.C. wineries share and pair their vintages with California and Washington State.

The Institute will showcase B.C. wines at key events to help connect wineries with purchasers and consumer groups.

The United States (US) Pacific Northwest is a primary target market for wine and food tourism to B.C., with approximately one million tourists visiting British Columbia wineries and generating $246 million in revenue for the broader British Columbia economy each year.

Wine producers interested in exporting to the US and Asian markets should contact the BCWI.

“Our vintners continue to produce exceptional wines and the industry remains an important economic driver for the Okanagan and BC.  By expanding our international reach and further raising the profile of our BC wines, the BC Wine Institute and our vintners continue to solidify our reputation as one of the premier wine destinations in the world,” said MP Fuhr.

Quick Facts

  • The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector from 2018 to 2023.
  • In 2016, B.C. wine exports increased 4% over the previous year to $9.7 million, shipped to 17 international markets. The top markets for B.C. wine were China (54%), Taiwan (23%) and the United States (11%).

 

Contact

Stephen Fuhr, CD – 250.470.5075  |  Stephen.Fuhr.c1@parl.gc.ca

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