Distributor Employee Spotlight

America’s 3,300 independent beer distribution facilities employ 130,000 men and women across the country. The NBWA Employee Spotlight Program highlights standout beer distribution employees and showcases their achievements. In the spotlight: Tommy Edwards of Premium Brands of Northwest Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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America’s Beer Distributors Generate 130,000 Direct Jobs

A new economic impact report provides the first-ever comprehensive report on beer distribution companies' total impact on national and state economies, including $54 billion in overall U.S. economic benefits.
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The 2015 NBWA Legislative Conference will take place April 26-29 in Washington, D.C. Online registration is now open! Visit the Legislative Conference page for more details, including hotel information and a schedule of this year's events.

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With final numbers from the 2014 calendar year trickling in, NBWA Chief Economist Lester Jones analyzes the beer industry’s performance in 2014. He notes, “In hindsight, the combination of events that led to a positive year are all pretty evident. Strong growth in Mexican imports and craft, falling unemployment and lower gas prices have all worked together to add significant ‘lift’ to the industry volumes against the declines in mainstream beers.”

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In a column for ABL Insider, NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser writes, "Independent beer distributors and licensed retailers are Main Street businesses that are providing tremendous value in their communities. Today, licensed, independent beer distributors and retailers need to unite with a sense of urgency to be more proactive in educating our employees, our customers, regulators, lawmakers and other influencers about the three-tier distribution system’s regulatory, economic and commercial value."

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The Compensation and Benefits Study is an industry study that allows NBWA members to compare their compensation levels and benefits policies with other distributors of similar size and by region. NBWA’s Compensation and Benefits Study provides timely information and is an important management tool for beer distributors. The Compensation and Benefits Study is produced every other year, and the 2014 CBS is currently available for purchase by NBWA members only. 

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The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Brewers Association (BA) jointly presented the 2014 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award to J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. of Tampa, Florida. The award, now in its eighth year, was presented on October 4, 2014, at the Great American Beer Festival® hosted by the BA in Denver, Colorado. The award recognizes an American beer distribution company that does the most to market, promote and sell craft beer.

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December 3, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, VA – On Friday, December 5, America’s beer distributors will celebrate the 81st anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution, which repealed Prohibition and established today’s effective system of state-based alcohol regulation.

On December 5, 1933, Prohibition ended in the United States when 36 states (a three-fourths majority of the then 48 states) ratified the 21

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October 6, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is proud to announce its Board of Directors officers for the 2014-2015 term. Eric Best, general manager/partner of Bob Hall LLC in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, takes the helm as chairman of the Board. He assumed the position and its responsibilities during NBWA’s 77th Annual Convention held September 28 – October 1 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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October 4, 2014

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Brewers Association(BA) are pleased to announce that J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. of Tampa, Florida, has been selected as the 2014 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year. The award, now in its eighth year, recognizes the beer distribution company that does the most to market, promote and sell craft beer. NBWA and BA presented the award jointly today at the Great American Beer Festival® in Denver, Colorado.

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September 30, 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Eric Best, general manager/partner of Bob Hall LLC in Upper Marlboro, Mar

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January 30, 2015

Have you set the menu and made the beer list for your Super Bowl ultimate watch party yet? If not, the beer experts at Michigan's Powers Distributing are here to help make it a memorable event. According to the company's marketing director, Jeff Bright, there are a few must-have beers any football party host should stock in the fridge or cooler this year.

January 30, 2015

Forklifts have been running all week in preparation for Superbowl XLIX as the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks. Beer distributors are working non-stop to supply the demand. "The beer distributors expect a 10 percent increase in sales," said Cheryl Timberlake, executive vice president of Maine Beer & Wine Distributors.

November 25, 2014
By: Rueben Stokes, Director of Business Development – Advanced Fuels for Ryder System, Inc.
November 3, 2014
The beer distribution industry is made up of more than 130,000 hardworking men and women who take great pride in their jobs. Many of those people have been working in the industry for decades.  
October 17, 2014
Rick McAmis, area manager at Premium Beverage Sales in Springfield, Missouri, was recently recognized on stage at NBWA’s 77th Annual Convention in New Orleans as the winner of NBWA’s Second Annual Share Your Story Contest. <


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