Tied House Rules

Published in Orchard and Vine Magazine on: April 8, 2013

For those of you in the wine industry, you may have experienced limitations in your ability to sell and distribute your wine due to the tied house rules. These rules are trade practice laws that most would agree are difficult, sometimes contradictory and often frustrating. They are designed to prohibit and restrict commercial interactions between liquor manufacturers and licensed establishments such as private liquor stores and licensed restaurants. The idea is to prevent domination of retailers by suppliers and prevent bribes and other unlawful inducements for the promotion of a supplier’s liquor over another.

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Risks When Leasing Partial Parcels of Land

Published in Orchard and Vine Magazine on: February 6, 2013

A properly prepared lease agreement provides a lessee with the exclusive use of a specified parcel of land for a specified period. This means a lessee, say a farmer, gets a stake in the land that is good against people that may come along later and claim rights to the leased land. The lessee may even register that agreement at the land title office, protecting the lessee should the owner sell the land or, in some circumstances, lose it. Many leases are only for a portion of a legal parcel of land, and many growers in these agreements may not realize they may have no protection or very limited protection when they are only leasing a portion of a parcel.

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Important New Directions for BCTF

Published in Orchard and Vine Magazine on: February 6, 2013

Every year I hear from farmers within the BCFGA who wonder if they are getting good value for the money that goes into BC Tree Fruits.

Recently I had a great discussion with Chris Pollock, who is part of BC Tree Fruits’ marketing team (see the story on Apple Month this issue, page 31). Pollock says in 2011 BCTF changed its approach. For much of the last decade or two BCTF concentrated on marketing to wholesalers and produce buyers at major marketing chains.

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Even Innovation needs Protection

Published in Orchard and Vine Magazine on: December 14, 2012

Brilliant. Visionary. Cutting edge. All of these can be used to describe the talented innovators at work in our agricultural industries. Thinking outside of the box, creating new projects and tackling challenges with fresh outlooks often result in increased sustainability and industry growth. Innovative solutions, researched and developed by a few, will be valuable for many.

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