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Blog| Feb 22, 2010
NBWA’s 73rd Annual Convention will be held in Chicago, Illinois, on October 3 – 6. In preparation for the event, NBWA is inviting associate members to submit a proposal for the Convention Education Seminar Program. NBWA’s Education Seminar Program offers a great opportunity to reach out to members of the beer industry. More than 1,500 distributors, brewers and associate members are expected to attend the NBWA Annual Convention. As they gather for one of the beer industry’s premier events, attendees have the opportunity to network, learn and teach. This is an exclusive opportunity and a...
Blog| Feb 22, 2010
O&W, Inc., a beer distributor in Ypsilanti, Michigan, rang in 2010 with new energy efficient lighting. In early 2008, the company began a two-year replacement project to replace ¾ of the lights in its 100,000 square-feet warehouse with energy efficient light fixtures and bulbs. This past December, Mark Faulkner, who oversees all building and vehicle maintenance at O & W, finished installing the last of the 160 new lights in the main warehouse, drive thru and beer room. The project started in 2008 as O&W began replacing old metal halide light bulbs with new T5 fluorescent tubes as...
Blog| Feb 22, 2010
The parking lot of Premium Distributors of Virginia after snow was removed from delivery trucks. When winter weather approaches, it’s not uncommon for consumers to hit the stores to stock up on the items they’ll need to weather the storm – including beer. This winter was no different, with folks flooding stores ahead of snowstorms that slammed the Washington, D.C., metro area and a large part of the Northeast with record accumulation. After back-to-back storms in February, the season’s snow tally in Washington, D.C., beat the previous record of 54.4 inches, set in 1898-1899. Thanks to the...
Blog| Feb 9, 2010
The contributions of the American beer distribution system were on display when Congressman Marion Berry (AR-1) made a repeat visit to Ed Roleson Jr., Inc. in Paragould, Arkansas recently. The congressman has represented Arkansas’ first district since 1997. During the visit, the president of the distributorship, Michael W. Roleson, personally directed Congressman Berry through a tour of the company’s facilities and warehouse. Ed Roleson Jr., Inc. is named after Michael Roleson’s father, who started the distributorship in 1943. “We discussed the beer business and other issues, like health care...
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
NBWA Associate Member OrderPad Software Inc. has released a Beverage Distributor Edition of its OrderPad Enterprise software suite. Designed specifically to meet the needs of beverage distributors who have sales representatives in the field, OrderPad enables access to up-to-date information so distributors can improve the quality and accuracy of their orders and enhance sales force credibility. “When beverage distributors are in the field, they need instant access to the most accurate information available on the locations and people they visit in order to maximize sales,” said Adam Perlow,...
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
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
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...

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