| NBWA: America's Beer Distributors

From members of Congress to state legislators, attorneys generals, regulators and the media, beer distributors across the country are hosting warehouse visits to showcase their critical role in the independent distribution system.

To schedule a behind-the scenes look at a beer distribution warehouse in your community, please contact Federal Affairs Assistant Elizabeth Baker at ebaker@nbwa.org

If you are a distributor who has hosted a warehouse visit, please share details of your visit with NBWA by completing the feedback form.

Tools for Beer Distribution Employees

“Six-Pack” of Warehouse Visit Tips

• Instructional Video - Warehouse Tours: Showing the Value of Beer Distributors 


Off-premise still preferred despite rising dine-in traffic

Restaurants have come up with creative solutions to allow for physically distanced dining as COVID-19 continues to spread. Despite these efforts, research from Technomic reveals that most people still prefer off-premise channels, including takeout and delivery options. Read more about how restaurants continue to grapple with the impacts of the pandemic.

Amazon plans for another grocery store

There appears to be a fourth Amazon grocery store in the works for the Greater Washington area. Already, Amazon has moved forward with grocery store preparations at three other locations in Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland. This fourth location resides in Gaithersburg. At roughly 30,000 square feet, these locations will be different than Whole Foods Markets and larger than the Amazon Go and Go Grocery stores. Read more about the development here.

Americans are spooked about celebrating Halloween

According to Morning Consult polling, only 42% of Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, a sharp dip compared to the 57% who said they did so last year. This news should make retailers nervous as there is an expected dip in spending to match the decrease in Halloween festivities. Learn more about the expected trends for this year's spookiest holiday.

Local beer distributor commemorates American Business Women's Day

Yesterday on American Women's Business Day, John P. O'Sullivan Distributing in Flint, Mich. toasted the success of accomplishments of the women who work throughout Michigan's alcoholic beverage industry. John P. O'Sullivan Distributing is one of a few female-run beer distributors in Michigan. President and CEO Joanie O'Sullivan-Butler is a member of the newly created Women's Advocacy Committee within the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers.

No, beer sales aren't booming

The myth that beer sales have been off the charts during the pandemic continue to persist. However, on-premise sales account for 20% of overall beer sales, and those have been entirely or partially shut down since March. Unfortunately, the increase in off-premise sales have not been enough to balance out bar and restaurant closures. The Daily Beast unpacks the reality of beer sales during the pandemic.

FDA proposes detailed traceability standards for food likely to be contaminated

A uniform traceability system could make it easier for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to find out where a food contamination originated quickly and without stopping all sales. After a lawsuit against the FDA forced the department to enact the entirety of the Food Modernization Act (FSMA), a new traceability standard has been introduced to all facilities that manufacture, process pack or hold certain foods. Check out the full article to learn more about the FSMA and how it's impacting the food and beverage industry.

Illicit alcohol market drives another epidemic in Mexico

Over the past week, six people have died in San Salvador El Seco, Mexico, after consuming tainted alcohol. These deaths are the latest in a concerning trend of fatalities related to alcohol poisoning from May to July. Learn more about the other epidemic Mexico and what they're doing to combat it.

Beer distributors partner with National Beer Wholesalers Association to fight human trafficking

Del Papa Distributing and Giglio Distributing announced their partnership with the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) that will help fight human trafficking in the communities where they do business. Employees from the two companies will receive training on how to identify and respond if they suspect this heinous crime is happening. Already, 378 of Del Papa Distributing's employees have participated in the training. Read more about their efforts and NBWA's campaign to fight human trafficking across the U.S.