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03/31/2021

Majority of Nova Scotians support selling beer and wine in convenience stores

The majority of Nova Scotians are open to the idea of selling packaged beer and wine at convenience stores, according to a new survey. 

In keeping with its ongoing efforts to promote the sale of beer and wine in c-stores across the country, the Convenience Industry Council of Canada recently engaged Atlantic Canada-based MQO Research to survey Nova Scotians and gauge their support of beer and wine in c-stores.

The majority of those surveyed (401 adults) are open to the idea, with close to three-quarters of surveyed Nova Scotians (73.2%) supporting this to some degree. It's also worth noting that those who had purchased beer or wine within the last 60 days were more likely to support this idea, compared to those who had not purchased beer or wine recently.

Survey highlights:

  • Overall, 48.5% of surveyed Nova Scotians had purchased beer or wine for personal consumption within the last 60 days.

  • Nova Scotians residing in HRM were most likely to have purchased beer or wine within the last 60 days, compared to those living in Cape Breton and the rest of mainland Nova Scotia.

  • Those who identified as male had higher rates of purchasing beer or wine compared to those who identified as female.

  • Adults aged 54 or younger were more likely to have purchased beer or wine within the last 60 days, while those aged 55+ were least likely.