From members of Congress to state legislators, attorneys generals, regulators and the media, beer distributors across the country are hosting warehouse visits to showcase their critical role in the independent distribution system.

To schedule a behind-the scenes look at a beer distribution warehouse in your community, please contact NBWA Manager, Grassroots & Political Affairs Kate Beaulieu at kbeaulieu@nbwa.org

If you are a distributor who has hosted a warehouse visit, please share details of your visit with NBWA by completing the feedback form.

Tools for Beer Distribution Employees

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• Instructional Video - Warehouse Tours: Showing the Value of Beer Distributors 

 

U.S. Consumer Confidence Rises

U.S. consumer confidence in September rose to the highest level in nine years, a hopeful sign that economic growth will accelerate in coming months. The Conference Board said that its consumer confidence index rose to 104.1, up from 101.8 in August. It was the strongest reading since the index stood at 105.6 in August 2007, four months before the beginning of the Great Recession of 2007-2009.

NBWA Announces 2016-2017 Board of Directors Officers

NBWA has announced its Board of Directors officers for the 2016-2017 term. Paul J. Bertucci, executive vice president of F.E.B. Distributing Company, Inc. in Gulfport and Capital City Beverages, Inc. in Jackson, Mississippi, takes the helm as chairman of the Board. He assumed the position and its responsibilities during NBWA’s 79th Annual Convention held September 25 – 28 in Chicago, Illinois. Other officers of NBWA’s Board of Directors include Vice Chairman Jim Matesich, president and CEO of Matesich Distributing Co.

CA: The Bruery & Bruery Terreux Expands Distribution Footprint in Texas

Anaheim-based The Bruery and Bruery Terreux now is pouring their craft brews in the Lone Star State. After previously launching distribution for the first time in Texas in Austin this past spring, The Bruery and Bruery Terreux are expanding distribution to Houston and San Antonio by partnering with Flood Distribution. Launch events are planned through the end of September.

Shareholders Approve SABMiller Takeover by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Shareholders of SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev approved a deal valued at more than $100 billion to create a giant in the beer industry that would control some of the world’s best-known brands, including Budweiser, Corona, Hoegaarden, Leffe and Stella Artois. The takeover of SABMiller by its larger rival, Anheuser-Busch InBev, was approved by shareholders despite objections from some SABMiller investors. The combined company would account for 27 percent of beer sales worldwide and would have annual revenue of about $55 billion.

Media Contact: Kathleen Joyce

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Press Releases| Sep 28, 2016

Mississippi Beer Distributor Paul J. Bertucci to Lead Association’s Efforts on Behalf of America’s More Than 3,000 Licensed, Independent Beer Distributors

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is proud to announce its Board of Directors officers for the 2016-2017 term. Paul J. Bertucci, executive vice president of F.E.B. Distributing Company, Inc. in Gulfport and Capital City Beverages, Inc. in Jackson, Mississippi, takes the helm as chairman of the Board. He assumed the position and its responsibilities during NBWA’s 79th Annual Convention held September 25 – 28 in Chicago, Illinois.

Other officers of NBWA’s Board of Directors include:

  • Vice Chairman Jim Matesich, president and CEO of Matesich Distributing Co. in Newark, Ohio
  • Treasurer Michael Schilleci, executive vice president of Supreme Beverage Company, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Secretary Brian Gelner, president of Premium Beverage Sales in Springfield, Missouri
  • Immediate Past Chairman Travis Markstein, president of Markstein Beverage Co. in San Marcos, California

As chairman, Bertucci will help lead the association as it works to advocate for licensed, independent beer distributors and educate elected officials, regulators, media and the public about the importance of effective state-based alcohol regulation and the regulatory, economic and commercial value of independent beer distributors.

“Paul has devoted years of service to NBWA’s Board of Directors, giving him a full background and working knowledge of the association’s goals and agenda,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser. “In his years of service as a state director for Mississippi and in every elected officer position, Paul has proven to be a dedicated and results-oriented leader.”

“I look forward to working closely with Paul to engage members, invest in the next generation, continue to build meaningful relationships with state associations and industry partners, communicate the value of independent beer distributors and advance the association’s goals in the year ahead,” Purser said.

Bertucci, his brother Frank and his cousin Frank Drennan are the third generation to own and manage the day-to-day operations of the family business that was started in 1934. Today, F.E.B. Distributing and Capital City Beverages service 22 counties along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Central Mississippi, representing more than 100 brands of domestic, imported and craft beer. The companies employ more than 200 people in Mississippi.

NBWA and America’s beer distributors support a robust and competitive system of independent beer distribution, which provides access to market and a level playing field for brewers of all sizes. Beer distributors serve as the critical link in the American beer distribution system, sourcing products from brewers and importers and delivering products to state-licensed retailers. This effective system is driven by consumer choice – enabling American consumers to choose from the widest selection of products in the world – and works to ensure that only safe, fresh beer reaches American consumers of legal drinking age.

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The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents the interests of America’s more than 3,000 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. To learn more about America’s beer distributors, visit www.nbwa.org. For additional updates from NBWA, subscribe to The Daily Brew newsletter, follow @NBWABeer on Twitter, watch NBWA videos on YouTube  and visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/NBWABeer.

 

Majority of U.S. Senators Support Beer Tax Reform

United States Senators Joni Ernst and Heidi Heitkamp became the 50th and 51st senators to officially endorse the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. The Beer Institute and the Brewers Association are collaborating closely to pass the bill, which was introduced in the Senate by Senators Ron Wyden and Roy Blunt. The House companion bill, introduced by Representatives Erik Paulsen and Ron Kind, has received official support from 283 members of the House of Representatives.

Beer Industry Partnerships Highlighted at NBWA’s 79th Annual Convention

Paul J. Bertucci assumed the position of 2016-2017 chairman of the Board of Directors for NBWA at the 79th Annual Convention. Bertucci spoke about new opportunities to grow brands and serve local consumers and noted that independent distributors have great stories to tell – building brands, offering good jobs and adding to local economies. In addition, NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser was joined by Brewers Association President and CEO Bob Pease to discuss the craft segment.

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