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Blog| Feb 9, 2010
Now is the time for America’s beer distributors to start planning who from their warehouse will be traveling to Washington, D.C., for the 2010 Legislative Conference. Mark your calendars to be on Capitol Hill Sunday, April 18, through Wednesday, April 21. This year, distributors are encouraged to bring warehouse employees who have never been to Washington, D.C. – perhaps a longtime truck driver or a stand-out sales representative. They are the best voices to describe the solid jobs, wages and benefits that beer distributors offer from coast to coast. Members of Congress are eager to hear good...
Blog| Feb 9, 2010
Grocery Manufacturers and Retailers (GMR) of Western New York honored Eugene “Gene” P. Vukelic, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Try-It Distributing Co., Inc. in Lancaster, New York, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the Buffalo area. The award was presented at a dinner last month. More than 200 people attended the event, including local leaders, members of the local media and many family members. GMR of Western New York is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that serves as a liaison between suppliers and retailers. Traditionally, the organization selects...
Blog| Jan 31, 2010
When American Beverage Licensees (ABL) speaks as an organization, people listen. For example, ABL recently wrote: “Were plaintiffs to prevail, in-state licensed Texas retailers would remain subject to comprehensive and effective regulation, while all other retailers would be free to sell and deliver to Texas residents outside of the three-tier distribution structure that Texas has elected.” These words were stated by ABL in its amicus brief to the 5 th Circuit in the Siesta Village/Wine Country Gift Baskets vs. Perry case. The 5 th Circuit can now be counted among those who listen to ABL. In...
Blog| Jan 27, 2010
Photo courtesy of Bisnow During a recent panel discussion hosted by Washington, D.C., business publication Bisnow, National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) President Craig Purser highlighted community and communication as the key ingredients for planning successful events and engaging membership. The panel featured association CEO’s discussing their best event strategies. As a speaker on the panel, Purser was invited to share with a group of association and non-profit professionals the secret to the success of NBWA’s most recent Annual Convention and Trade Show, which featured record...
Blog| Jan 27, 2010
Pictured: Toby Arneson, Rae Ann Arneson, Congressman Tim Walz and Al Arneson While home in his congressional district, Congressman Tim Walz (MN-1) recently visited the Arneson family of Arneson Distributing in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Congressman Walz had learned from the National Beer Wholesalers Association that Arneson Distributing exemplifies a small rural beer distributor and the Arnesons could describe firsthand the work that beer distributors do on a daily basis. “The Congressman was pleased to see a small-town business growing and hiring local employees, thereby keeping young people in...
Blog| Jan 27, 2010
Calling all beer distributors! It is time to make the annual trip to Washington, D.C. for the 2010 Legislative Conference. Mark your calendars to be on Capitol Hill Sunday, April 18, through Wednesday, April 21. The Conference provides a great opportunity to personally tell your elected leaders what’s on your mind, to hear from industry leaders and to educate members of Congress about the importance of state-based alcohol regulation and the vital role of beer distributors. This year, you are encouraged to bring people from your business who have never been to Washington, D.C. – perhaps a...
Blog| Jan 27, 2010
Just like local beer distributors across the country, the staff of the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is committed to involvement in their community. In the spirit of holiday giving, the NBWA staff in Alexandria, Virginia, continued the tradition of participating in the “Adopt-a-Family” program sponsored by Alexandria Head Start and The Campagna Center. The Campagna Center has operated in Alexandria for more than 60 years. Today, it operates seven programs that support children in Alexandria by providing services that allow them to arrive at school ready to learn and ensure they...
Blog| Jan 27, 2010
NBWA Director, State and Industry Affairs David Christman was recently elected to serve a second year as Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI), a non-profit organization that assists businesses and communities in creating safe and vibrant places for people to socialize. As a member of the RHI Board of Directors, NBWA is able to give beer distributors a voice in the discussion surrounding the best ways to facilitate a balance between residential areas, business, dining and entertainment. “The 95,000 men and women of the American beer...
Blog| Jan 25, 2010
Joe Sr. and Guy Guiffre in front of the shoe store where the business first started in the garage behind the store Guiffre Distributing Company in Springfield, Virginia, recently celebrated its 75 th anniversary as a continuously family-owned and operated business. The company dates back to 1933, when Prohibition had just been repealed and Tony Guiffre, the great-grandfather of current Guiffre President Mike Guiffre, saw an opportunity to start a new business by becoming a beer distributor to the rural Alexandria area. Tony and his wife Theresa started their new business out of a garage with...
Press Releases| Jan 25, 2010
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, the 5 th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the state of Texas and its alcohol laws and rejected challenges brought by out of state retailers. National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) President Craig Purser issued the following statement: “NBWA is pleased to see that the Court recognizes the broad authority of the 21 st Amendment and acknowledges that alcohol is different than other products. It is unfortunate, however, that there are numerous other cases in the courts where plaintiffs are trying to break down state alcohol laws including those designed to...

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