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Columns| Mar. 3, 2015
BY: Craig Purser, NBWA President & CEO By all measurable accounts, it appears to be smooth sailing for the U.S. beer industry. More than 3,000 breweries are operating across the country. At least one new brewery is opening every day. Continued, double-digit volume growth by small upstart breweries makes the U.S. beer market a dynamic and competitive industry. Thanks to an independent beer distribution system, American consumers have access to more choice and variety than any country in the world. However, bubbling beneath the surface, there are some industry players who are seeking...
Columns| Feb. 19, 2015
When America’s beer distributors gathered recently at NBWA’s 77th Annual Convention in New Orleans, it was an opportunity to celebrate the tremendous opportunity that exists in the industry today – an intensely competitive industry operating within an effective system that works so well for so many.
Columns| Apr. 24, 2014
No matter where you live in the United States, your community has likely seen a new brewery or brewpub recently open for business. With more than one brewery opening each day over the last two years, new breweries continue to bring excitement to the American beer industry. Consumers are trying new flavors and styles they never knew existed. And the “I don’t like the taste of beer” crowd now has a broad array of choices to sample until they find a style that is right for them. With sales of the large domestic brands generally flat over the past few years, the industry – including retailers and...
Columns| Mar. 10, 2014
The year is off to a great start for advocates of the 21 st Amendment as two courts recently ruled in favor of granting states leeway in tailoring their individual alcohol regulatory systems. These legal decisions are victories not just for state lawmakers but for every segment of the alcohol industry, consumers and the public, who all benefit from an effective regulatory system that allows states the flexibility to deal with local needs, concerns and circumstances as they see fit. A critical factor in achieving each of these positive legal outcomes was the participation of both the American...
Columns| Nov. 17, 2013
This fall, nearly 4,000 members of the beer industry – a record number of attendees – gathered in Las Vegas for the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) 76 th Annual Convention and Trade Show. With more than 500 labels of beer featured on the Trade Show Floor, beer distributors from across the country were buzzing with enthusiasm over the innovation and opportunity in today’s beer industry. With more than 2,400 breweries in operation (and more opening every day), craft beer’s growth in market share, growth in the high end by all brewers, innovation by the industry as a whole and a...
Columns| Aug. 25, 2013
Main Street retailers and beer distributors face many challenges. One challenge that may seem unique to distributors also has real, negative consequences for independent retailers. There has been a great deal of industry discussion recently about brand compensation requirements, franchise laws and other state regulations that provide guidance to trading partners and work to level the playing field between brewers and distributors. These laws and regulations work to ensure that each segment of the beer industry remains independent, which benefits all marketplace participants but, more...
Columns| Apr. 25, 2013
After a few tough years brought on by a national economic downturn, market analysts like The Nielsen Company’s alcohol beverage team are now reporting some good news: beer is back. New flavors, formats and packaging are all contributing to some bright spots for beer in recent months, with upscale, craft and imported beers leading the way. Distributors ensure reliable and predictable product availability for all licensed retailers. These services include delivery frequency, warehousing, inventory management, space management programs and category management advice. Independent retailers who...
Columns| Jan. 30, 2013
With new sessions of Congress and state legislatures now underway, debates over the public debt, government spending, taxes and economic reform are taking center stage. As local businesses in communities across the country, independent alcohol retailers and licensed beer distributors must be engaged in these discussions by educating elected leaders, the media and the public about your businesses’ economic impact and the quality jobs you provide. To that end, the American Beverage Licensees’ (ABL) Similarly, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) has released a new economic impact...
Columns| Nov. 14, 2012
This October, nearly 2,000 members of the beer industry gathered in San Diego to attend the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) 75 th Annual Convention and to celebrate the start of NBWA’s 75 th year as an association. The meeting was a chance to celebrate NBWA’s history and the beer distribution industry’s past, but also to continue to make plans for our future. A lot of changes have taken place in the beer industry over the past 75 years. We’ve seen breweries and brands come and go. We’ve seen different channels of trade ebb and flow. We’ve seen consolidation, mergers and...
Columns| Aug. 27, 2012
As local businesses in communities across the country, independent alcohol retailers and licensed beer distributors are in a great position to educate members of Congress and local leaders about your businesses and the quality jobs you provide. Independent retailers and beer distributors work together to create a level playing field for beer brands of all sizes, ensuring that consumers have access to incredible choice and variety. Independent alcohol retailers and beer distributors are fortunate to have leaders in Congress who know this industry and know what your businesses mean to the...

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