America’s Beer Distribution Industry Recognizes Economic Impact of Its Workforce This Labor Day | NBWA: America's Beer Distributors

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Press Releases| Aug 26, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, VA – As Americans prepare to celebrate Labor Day, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is recognizing the contributions of the men and women of the beer distribution industry whose work positively impacts the nation’s economy.

According to the economic impact report America’s Beer Distributors: Fueling Jobs, Generating Economic Growth & Delivering Value to Local Communities, more than 3,300 independent beer distribution facilities directly employ more than 130,000 hardworking men and women in communities across the country, collectively earning $10.2 billion per year in pay and benefits. 

report, produced by Dr. Bill Latham and Dr. Ken Lewis of the Center for Applied Business & Economic Research at the University of Delaware, provides a comprehensive look at beer distribution companies’ total impact on national and state economies. In addition to the impact of distributor operations, the report also accounts for the amount of resources contributed by beer distributors in supporting community events and local economic development, contributing to charitable causes and promoting responsible alcohol use.

Key findings of the economic impact study include: 

  • When the impacts of distributor capital investment and community involvement are considered, the total number of impact jobs exceeds 345,000.
  • Beer distributor activities contribute nearly $10.3 billion to the federal, state and local tax bases. This does not include the nearly $11 billion in federal, state and local alcohol excise and consumption taxes.
  • Beer distributor contributions to local community activities generate $175 million in impacts annually.

full report, state by state data and to download an infographic of the report’s key findings, please visit Click here to view data on the economic impact of beer distributors on the United States as a whole.

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents the interests of America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributor operations in every state, congressional district and media market across the country. Beer distributors are committed to ensuring alcohol is provided safely and responsibly to consumers of legal drinking age through the three-tier, state-based system of alcohol regulation and distribution.