As an increasingly large chunk of the population of Ontario knows, The Beer Store is owned by three multinational brewing companies, AB-InBev, Molson-Coors, and Sapporo.
And while these three companies recently opted to open up ownership to other breweries in Ontario, it doesn’t seem likely that the ownership stake they’ve offered other brewers will allow their potential new owners very much say in how The Beer Store runs its business (specifically, the new owners will have access to two seats on a five member board so unless my math is incredibly flawed, the three companies that currently run the place will still get the final word on how the province’s only retail beer outlet handles their day-to-day operations).
Of course these are all points I’ve already made elsewhere. I remind you of all this today simply to point out the rather obvious fact that I don’t own the Beer Store.
I don’t own any part of AB-InBev, Molson-Coors, or Sapporo and I don’t own an Ontario brewery that might opt in for even one of these newly-available symbolic seats on The Beer Store’s board.
I, Ben Johnson, have no say in how the Beer Store runs.
But let’s pretend that I did. Continue reading