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Blog| Mar 9, 2017
By: Craig Purser, National Beer Wholesalers Association President and CEO America’s independent beer distributors love their independent retailer customers. In many markets, small and independent retailers and beer distributors are some of the last family-owned and local businesses operating on Main Street. When independent retailers and local beer distributors are united on building brands, delivering consumer choice or advocating before the state legislature, great things happen. Independent beer distributors are dedicated to the brewers of the beers they distribute. This includes brewers...
Blog| Feb 27, 2017
A Blueprint to Manage SKU Proliferation for Beer Distributors By: Robert Grace VII, Vice President, Operations Development, enVista The U.S. beverage market has changed significantly over the past 30 years, transitioning into a $354 billion industry segmented into alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Specifically, the beer industry, comprised of more than 4,500 brewers, 3,000 distributors and 600,000 alcohol retailers, generates more than $100 billion annually. There has been a dramatic rise of SKU proliferation, in part because of the rapid growth of the craft beer industry, which is...
Blog| Jan 3, 2017
By: Craig Purser, National Beer Wholesalers Association President and CEO If the closing months of 2016 provided any hint at what 2017 has in store, it showed us that change is going to continue in a major way. Of course the largest example of change came in the presidential election. Very few polls predicted a win for Donald Trump, yet in just a couple weeks he will take the oath of office and become the nation’s 45th president. As the Trump administration begins to take shape, there are still many questions. With a Republican-controlled House and Senate, will he be able to get his agenda...
Blog| Dec 5, 2016
By: Craig Powell , President & CEO of Motus A new IRS Safe Harbor Rate is announced every year in mid-December, establishing a standard business mileage rate for the coming year. Many beverage companies think this rate should be used to reimburse field employees for their driving expenses; however, that’s not true. In fact, the IRS Safe Harbor Rate is actually not a recommended reimbursement rate, and using it as the basis for reimbursing your employees could cost you money in the long run. So what is the IRS Safe Harbor Rate? Set once per year, the IRS Safe Harbor Rate is calculated...
Blog| Oct 20, 2016
By: Craig Purser, National Beer Wholesalers Association President and CEO Disruption is the new normal in today’s world – from global and homeland security to the world economy, politics and new technologies. And it’s safe to say that the beer industry is seeing its fair share of disruption, too. With disruption comes challenges. So-called disruptors start to behave like marketplace leaders. Some smaller-scale beer brands have become dominant in their segment and worked to limit competition from even smaller and newer brands. Disruptors have become acquisition targets of larger, more...
Blog| Oct 10, 2016
Jet Extends Company's Reach in Competitive Market By: Brandy Hearting, Textron Aviation ProOwnership Manager In an industry where cultivating relationships is essential to success, business aviation has quickly emerged as a key tool for distributors. Business aviation can benefit distributors aiming to widen their reach at a faster pace. For Caffey Distributing in Greensboro, North Carolina, reaching out to potential brewery partners is less of a challenge due to its use of business aviation. “It’s pretty competitive trying to reach those new brands when they decide to come to the market,”...
Blog| Oct 3, 2016
By: Craig Powell, Motus President & CEO Many beer wholesalers are concerned about implementing mobile technology for their drivers. Fears about the impact of a technological cultural shift and time and cost of upgrading their systems have hindered the adoption of mobile among distributors. However, mobile has reached a tipping point in businesses of all kinds and is becoming undeniably linked to the way we’ll all work in the future. Consider how mobile devices have changed banking by letting us deposit a check from home, or enabled your doctor to call up your medical records on their...
Blog| Sep 20, 2016
Each year, NBWA recognizes a company that effectively uses communications and public affairs initiatives to advocate for and promote the beer distribution industry. 7G Distributing of Eastern Iowa is the recipient of the 2016 NBWA Public Affairs Award. “7G stands out when it comes to promoting the value that beer distributors bring to Iowa’s communities and consumers,” said Rebecca Spicer, NBWA senior vice president, communications and public affairs. “While most distributors work closely with brewers and retailers to promote new brands through point-of-sale promotional efforts and marketing...
Blog| Sep 20, 2016
By: Laurie Knight, NBWA Executive Vice President, Government Affairs As we head into the final stretch of the 114 th Congress, the issue of funding the federal government is on the front burner. Current federal funding expires September 30, and lawmakers will have to determine the parameters and length of a continuing resolution. Our expectation is that there will be agreement on a continuing resolution that will carry into mid-December. The House is scheduled to adjourn at the end of September, and the Senate will stay in Washington through the first week of October. Neither chamber is...
Blog| Sep 20, 2016
Each year, DRAFT Magazine publishes a list of “America’s 100 Best Beer Bars” from coast to coast. While in Chicago for the NBWA Annual Convention, consider a visit to a few of the Chicago bars that made the 2016 list: Bangers & Lace Bangers & Lace is Wicker Park’s home for craft beer and sausage. A bar/restaurant with the feel of a Midwestern lodge, Bangers & Lace offers 32 draft beers from around the world, in addition to an extensive bottle selection. Why the name? “Bangers” is the British term for sausage, & “lace” stands for Brussels lace, the intricate veil of beer foam...

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