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For Craft Producers

A craft manufacturer is a micro producer (micro brewery, micro distillery, cottage winery) issued a permit by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) authorizing them to produce beverage alcohol within the Province of Saskatchewan.

After receiving authorization from SLGA, a manufacturer may produce more than one type of alcohol (e.g. beer, wine, spirits and refreshments) and must adhere to the specific production level requirements for each type in order to remain classified as a craft manufacturer. Where a manufacturer produces a type of alcohol that does not meet the requirements of a micro producer for that type of alcohol, it would become subject to the rules and requirements of a regional or national manufacturer.

Learn more about a manufacturer permit. Learn more about SLGA’s listing and pricing policies


In this section:
  1. Commercial Liquor Permittee Manual
  2. Standalone Policies
  3. Production Reporting
  4. Craft Bulletins
  5. Production Levy & Markup Information

Commercial Liquor Permittee Manual

Still have questions about commercial permits? Download the Commercial Liquor Permittee Manual Information about craft manufacturers can be found at Chapter 6, Section 14. 


Standalone Policies

Custom, Contract and Collaboration Manufacturing Policies for Craft Producers

Craft alcohol producers who wish to engage in custom, contract and collaboration manufacturing arrangements, are required to follow the policies listed below.

Collaboration Manufacturing by Saskatchewan Craft Alcohol Producers

Contract Manufacturing by Saskatchewan Craft Alcohol Producers

Custom Manufacturing by Saskatchewan Craft Alcohol Producers

All Non-Permittee Contractees who are engaging in Contract Manufacturing, as specified by the Contract Manufacturing Policy above, are required to complete the Annual Production Declaration listed below.

SLGA Non-Permittee Contractee - Annual Production Declaration


 Picnic Area Authorization for Craft Producers

Craft producers located on rural/farm property have the option to apply for a picnic area, per the terms in this (trial) policy. 

Picnic Area Authorization for Saskatchewan Craft Alcohol Producers


Product Recalls

Craft manufacturers are required to abide by SLGA's Product Recall Policy as outlined in this document.

Product Recalls for Saskatchewan Craft Alcohol Producers


Quality Assurance

All craft manufacturers who distribute their products directly to retailers and commercial properties are subject to the Craft Alcohol Quality Assurance Policy.

Craft Alcohol Quality Assurance Policy 

Quality Assurance FAQs


Record Keeping

Alcohol manufacturers are required to abide by the Record Keeping Policy.

Record Keeping Requirements for Saskatchewan Alcohol Manufacturers


Traceability

Craft manufacturers are required to abide by the Traceability Policy.

Traceability Requirements for Saskatchewan Alcohol Manufacturers


Production Reporting

All SK craft producers are required to complete a monthly production reporting form, per the terms outlined. 


Craft Bulletins

Craft Bulletins are issued on an as needed basis. The information is primarily intended for Saskatchewan craft alcohol producers


Production Levy & Markup Information

Production Levy - Craft Refreshments, Wine and Spirits:

A production levy is remitted to SLGA for all products sold by Saskatchewan craft alcohol producers directly to consumers, retailers or commercial permittees and is lower than the markup that would apply if the products were distributed by SLGA.

Production Levy - Craft Refreshments, Wine and Spirits
Production Threshold (L) Refreshments Wine Spirits
On the first 50,000 $0.31/L $ 0.35/L $ 0.70/L
From 50,001 to 100,000 $0.38/L $ 0.43/L $ 0.86/L
From 100,001 to 125,000 $0.85/L $0.96/L $1.92/L
From 125,001 to 150,000 $1.27/L $1.92/L $3.85/L
From 150,001 to 175,000 $1.69/L $2.89/L $5.77/L
From 175,001 to 200,000 $2.54/L $3.85/L $7.70/L
All production greater than 200,000 N/A N/A N/A


Production Levy - Beer:

A production levy is remitted to SLGA for all products sold by Saskatchewan craft breweries who sell directly to consumers, retailers or commercial permittees and is lower than the markup that would apply if the products were distributed by SLGA. The production level structure includes tiered levels of production with incremental increases to consider brewers of all sizes.

 

Beer Production Levy (effective Nov. 1)
On the first 5,000 HL $0.1715/L
From 5,001 to 10,000 HL $0.21/L
From 10,001 to 15,000 HL $0.25/L
From 15,001 to 20,000 HL $.34/L
>20,000 HL N/A
                     

Markup rates

A markup is applied to craft alcohol products distributed by SLGA. A percentage of the landed cost is applied to the price for which SLGA acquires the product. Saskatchewan’s markup structure is available to any craft producer that qualifies based on global production.

Markup Rates - Refreshments, Wine and Spirits (Effective April 1, 2017)
Annual Global Production (L) Wholesale Markup
Refreshments Wine Spirits
<25,000 39% 45% 73%
25,001 to 50,000 43% 50% 80%
50,001 to 75,000 50% 56% 88%
75,001 to 100,000 60% 64% 98%
100,001 to 150,000 66% 74% 108%
150,001 to 200,000 75% 85% 119%
>200,000 (National) 88% 99% 130%

 

For beer producers, there is a graduated markup scale with incremental increases. It applies to all beer products sold through SLGA’s Distribution Centre or a third party beer distributor.


Beer Markup Rates (Effective July 1, 2020)
Annual Global Production (HL) Wholesale Markup
<2,500 $0.479/L
2,501-5,000 $0.599/L
5,001-7,500 $0.719/L
7,501-10,000 $0.778/L
10,001-20,000 $0.837/L
20,001-300,000 $0.898/L
300,001-320,000 $1.060/L
320,001-340,000 $1.220/L
340,001-360,000 $1.370/L
360,001-380,000 $1.520/L
380,001-400,000 $1.680/L
>400,000 $1.873/L