The SAQ has announced that they will be increasing the retail prices of over 800 products at shops across Quebec.
TL;DR The SAQ has announced that they will be increasing the retail prices of over 800 products at SAQ shops across Quebec by an average of 35 cents for the most popular products on the shelves – just in time for the holiday season!
This news has conveniently come right around the holiday period, when we all plan on drinking the most.
Although the price increases are not terribly drastic, considering the already steep prices we pay for alcohol in Quebec, it's still a significant change.
According to a report by the Jounal De Montreal, the price increases range from 5 cents to $1.75 per bottle with an average of 35 cents more for the most popular products on the shelves.
A spokesman for the SAQ, Mathieu Gaudreault, explained the logic behind the price increase, saying "price changes can be caused by changes in exchange rates, excise duties, and inflation and other uncontrollable events."
In other words, it's outside the SAQ control. Don't blame us, blame the global economy.
Sadly, this is the third price increase at the SAQ in one year. Just last May, the SAQ raised the prices of more than 1,200 wines by an average of 20 cents.
On the positive side, however, the SAQ has also lowered the price of several products. The company claims that the prices of more than 400 products have recently marked down by an average of 23 cents per bottle.