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Blog| May 8, 2019
This week is National Small Business Week and an excellent opportunity for all Americans to celebrate the backbone of the U.S. economy – small businesses. Throughout the country, small businesses are the centerpiece of their communities and, undoubtedly, the engine that keeps our economy driving forward. For more than 85 years, one sector of small business has worked behind the scenes to help quench the thirst of millions of Americans – independent beer distributors. With more than 3,000 beer distribution companies nationwide, these family-owned businesses operate in every state and...
Press Releases| May 6, 2019
Alexandria, Va. – In honor of National Small Business Week from May 5 - 11, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is highlighting the small businesses that work behind-the-scenes to quench the thirst of millions across the country—America’s independent beer distributors. 141kJobsGraphic.jpeg “Small businesses are the engines that keep our economy driving forward, and America’s beer distributors are critical to this momentum,” said Craig Purser, president of NBWA . “Beer distributors are staples within their communities, and their work goes far beyond delivering beer. These...
Beer Route| Apr 25, 2019
Check out the 2019 Legislative Conference Beer Route, which gives the latest on the beer distribution industry and provides an update on recent activities going on at NBWA. Download
Videos| Apr 12, 2019

Highlights from NBWA's 2019 Legislative Conference

Check out some of the sites and sounds from this year's Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., April 7-10!
Press Releases| Apr 11, 2019
Today, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) released the Beer Purchasers’ Index (BPI) for March 2019. The index surveys beer distributors’ purchases across different segments and compares them to previous years. A reading greater than 50 indicates the segment is expanding, while a reading below 50 indicates the segment is contracting. The March 2019 Beer Purchasers' Index at 53.8 for total beer rose well above the March 2018 index of 48.8. In each month of 2019, the BPI has beaten last year's reading for the same time period. Looking across the segments: ​ The index for imports...
Blog| Apr 9, 2019
The rebound in the March jobs report coupled with months of tremendous progress reducing U.S. unemployment is a reminder that policy makers must always keep growth and hiring top of mind. As members of the National Beer Wholesalers Association arrive in Washington, D.C. this week for our annual legislative conference, we are proudly briefing members of Congress about why our industry is a model for creating opportunity where it’s needed most. Independent beer distributors operate in every state and congressional district across the country. More than 3,000 wholesalers—primarily family-owned...
Press Releases| Apr 8, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Independent beer distributors from all 50 states are in Washington, D.C. this week for the National Beer Wholesalers Association’s (NBWA) 2019 Legislative Conference. During the conference, beer distributors are meeting with members of Congress to discuss the critical role beer distributors play in communities across the country and the economic and employment power the independent distribution industry delivers. NBWA Chairman of the Board Michael Schilleci welcomed conference attendees by highlighting the enthusiasm throughout the beer distribution industry – an industry...
Blog| Apr 8, 2019
Alabama’s independent beer distributors are convening with their counterparts from every state in the nation this week at a national conference to deliver a compelling message to lawmakers. As local companies, we want members of Congress to know why their support for independent, Main Street businesses and our workers is essential. Today, major metropolitan areas are enjoying a bustling economy, but as many Alabamians recognize, the benefits have failed to reach deeply into some rural and underserved neighborhoods. Independent beer distributors stand in contrast to this trend, a model for...
Blog| Apr 4, 2019
by Alex Gangitano The leading voices for the beer industry in Washington, D.C., are women, breaking the stereotype that beer is a male-dominated business. For women at the industry’s most prominent groups, those changes are long overdue. When Kimberly McKinnish, the National Beer Wholesalers Association’s (NBWA) senior vice president and chief financial officer, started working in the beer industry 30 years ago, she never had to wait in line for the bathroom at conferences. “When you went to the ladies’ room you walked right in, and there was this long line at the men’s room. It was the...
Blog| Apr 1, 2019
Recently, the U.S. State Department issued a warning to spring breakers headed to Mexico — beware of tainted, unregulated alcohol. Here in the United States, consumers can have confidence that the alcohol they purchase is safe. That is no accident. Our regulatory system for alcohol helps prevent the sale of illicit and counterfeit goods and stands in stark contrast to the recurring tragedy of deaths from fake alcohol in other countries. In February, sad news made headlines: bootleg alcohol killed nearly 250 people in two separate incidents in India. While shocking, these unfortunate news...

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