On January 24, 2019, Economic Development Cowichan hosted a Sip & Share event at Blue Grouse Winery to present the key findings from the Cowichan’s Wine, Craft Brewery, Cider and Distilleries Industries Report.
At the event, EDC staffers Amy Melmock and Janae Enns, Dr. John Volpe, Associate Professor at UVIC, and Winemaker, Bailey Williamson, provided status updates on some of the initiatives and first-of-its-kind research that is taking place within Cowichan’s beverage sectors.
The event brought together industry, local government representatives and regional consultants, to learn about the emerging activities and look for ways to support sustainable industry growth.
The Cowichan Wine, Craft Brewery, Cider and Distillery Report was solely managed and authored by Economic Development Cowichan. In conducting the study, Economic Development Cowichan researched the potential local and provincial economic impacts of the sectors, and completed in-person interviews with all of the local beverage establishments.
In speaking with local business owners, the study captured the opportunities and challenges that are unique to the regional beverage industry. Additionally, the comprehensive stakeholder input allowed the report to identify pragmatic action items that are aimed at addressing challenges, while recommending strategic partnerships to advance the industry. Economic Development Cowichan is committed to continue working with stakeholders and local organizations to move these actions items forward.
The full report is now provided on the EDC website and can be accessed here under the Wine, Craft Beer, Cidery and Distilleries Sector Profile.
The Powerpoint presentation for the report can be accessed here