Liquor Distribution Branch

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The Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB), aka the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, is one of the two governmental bodies responsible for distributing alcoholic beverages and regulating and monitoring the liquor industry in the Canadian province of British Columbia within the Ministry of Justice, under Minister Suzanne Anton.

The LDB is the only organization allowed to purchase, import, and distribute alcoholic beverages in British Columbia. They employ more than 3,500 people, and operate 197 (as of January, 2010) government liquor stores under the BC Liquor Stores name, found all across the province.

The other governmental body is the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB), which is responsible for regulating and monitoring the industry.

BC Liquor Stores' prices are uniform throughout all locations across the province.

Privately operated liquor stores in BC also sell liquor and receive a 16 per cent discount off the government liquor store prices and set their own retail prices.

The head office is located in Vancouver, with one distribution centre each in Vancouver and Kamloops.

In October 2008, LDB was named one of BC's Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc., which was announced by The Vancouver Sun, The Province and the Victoria Times-Colonist.[1]


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