Sip, sample and connect with suppliers in the NEW Beer Garden at The Convenience U CARWACS Show

Get ready for beverage alcohol in convenience: March 5 & 6 from 12 to 5 p.m.

New in 2024, The Convenience U CARWACS Show will feature a Beer Garden where attendees can sample product and connect with suppliers from major breweries, craft breweries and wineries. 

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As convenience stores in Ontario (and other provinces) prepare to sell beer, wine and ready-to-drink cocktails, this is your opportunity to lay a strong foundation and make supplier connections.


Plus, you will want to upgrade your Trade Show pass to include the C-store IQ Conference on Tuesday March 5. 

Liquid Gold: Preparing for beverage alcohol in Ontario in the countdown to 2026.

The Ontario government’s announcement that convenience stores will finally be allowed to sell beer, wine, cider and ready-to-drink cocktails by 2026 is long-awaited and welcome news. Now what? Convenience Store News Canada editor + associate publisher, Michelle Warren, sits down with experts and industry insiders to talk about the opportunities and challenges ahead. From human resources to category management, regulatory issues, distribution models and more, the conversation will unpack what convenience operators and stakeholders need to think about now (and plan for the future) in the countdown to 2026.

On Day 1 - March 5 - be there for this engaging conversation with:  

  • Jamie Arnold,  president, Little Short Stop Stores
  • Lisa Hutcheson, managing partner, J.C. Williams Group
  • Anne Kothawala, president and CEO, Convenience Industry Council of Canada
  • Kenny Shim, c-store owner and president of the OKBA and OCSA
  • Jamie White, CEO and co-founder, Broadhead Brewing Company
Beverage Alcohol Panel 2024 CNUE
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