Agents or Importers
Agents or importers are very important entities and play a key role in alcohol sales, especially in a monopoly system like the LCBO or SAQ. Hired by a producer, they negotiate with the monopoly or private business to convince them to carry their product and often have input into what the labeling will look like and how it is merchandized. Once listed, they help market and sell the product by calling on restaurants, bars, and hotels to get them to put the product on their wine list. They hold press tastings and public events to help promote the product. Quite simply, they are the liaison between the producer and the buyer. The buyer occasionally deals directly with a producer, but more often than not, an agent is the go-between.