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.

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Beer by the Numbers: Improving Economy Headed into Memorial Day

With the Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, there are many signs that the beer market can overcome its first quarter doldrums. Putting the hopes of warm, sunny and pleasant weather aside, basic economics also should lend a hand to second quarter volumes. NBWA Chief Economist Lester Jones discusses how brewers, distributors and retailers can set their sights on new opportunities for growth in 2017.

TX: Austin Eastciders Adding Distribution to Kansas

Austin Eastciders of Austin, Texas, is expanding distribution to Kansas in partnership with Standard Beverage Corporation. Beginning July 10, Austin Eastciders’ five cider varieties will be available in 12-ounce cans and on draft at select locations throughout Kansas. “Working with Standard Beverage aligns with our company’s value of authenticity.

New Nielsen Report Shows Latest On-Premise Insights

One in six neighborhood bars have closed since 2004, according to a new Nielsen CGA report. The report showed that 12,766 neighborhood bars have closed over the last 12 years. Meanwhile, 60,906 new restaurants have opened in the same time frame, but those outlets aren’t necessarily making up for the lost alcohol consumption. 52 percent of restaurant-goers reported drinking a beer while out. Conversely, 70 percent of consumers who visited a neighborhood bar had a beer.

NC: Hi-Wire Brewing Launches Atlanta Distribution

Asheville’s Hi-Wire Brewing is expanding its Georgia distribution coverage with the addition of Atlanta by partnering with Georgia Crown. Hi-Wire currently distributes to the Athens, Augusta and Savannah markets. The brewery’s entire portfolio, including year-round offerings, seasonals and wild and sour beers will be available starting in June. Hi-Wire Brewing's distribution footprint includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Ohio.

Red Stripe to Add New Production Line, More Beers

Desnoes & Geddes Limited, the operating company for the Red Stripe Jamaica brewery, will invest about $1.7 billion this year in order to develop a new packaging line and technology system to handle expected growth in volume for the next decade. The current line operates at full capacity since the brewery decided last financial year to make beer bound for the United States market in Jamaica. The new line will allow for the handling of the local and overseas product demand. The company also will implement new inventory and data-processing software to improve sales and productivity.

Wal-Mart Regaining Grocery Share From Competitors at 'Accelerating Rate'

Wal-Mart is gaining a bigger slice of the $800 billion market and momentum picked up in the recent first quarter, according to a new report. "Wal-Mart is taking back share from the traditional supermarket at an accelerating rate," according to Loop Capital analyst Andrew Wolf, who estimates the retailer now has a 21.5 percent market share in the U.S. traditional grocery industry. In a report this week, Wolf said the world's biggest retailer's domestic grocery same-store sales beat U.S.

 

With the Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, there are many signs that the beer market can overcome its first quarter doldrums. Putting the hopes of warm, sunny and pleasant weather aside, basic economics also should lend a hand to second quarter volumes.

 An improving economy continues into its eighth year of expansion following the 2007-2008 recession. Across a broad collection of economic statistics, the data continue to post lower unemployment rates coupled with modest wage growth. The April 2017 unemployment rate sits at 4.4 percent. While lower labor force participation is recognized as a problem, the reality is that the retirement of baby boomers and tail end of the millennial generation that is still in school will continue to suppress the labor participation below historical averages. With more people working and growing wages, the industry has greater opportunity to move more beer.

Improving Economy Heading into Summer - April Unemployement Rate and Wage Growth

It is now widely recognized that the low interest rate environment has driven an overbuilding in retail and related employment during the current expansion. With a retail slowdown on the horizon, manufacturing and industrial production are now set to help carry the recovery forward.

Manufacturing employment and industrial production have both seen a rebound in late 2016 after spending most of 2015 trending down. More importantly for beer, a broader based recovery into manufacturing and durable goods should have a greater impact on a broader spectrum of beer segments. We have already seen a hint of this dynamic in the slowdown of high-end brands and marginal improvements in sub-premium and premium-light volumes.

Improving Economy Heading into Summer: Manufacturing Rebound and Industrial Production

The fundamentals and dynamics of the current expansion are changing for the country. The beer industry will reflect these changes in the performance of segments and brands. As Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer and the beer drinking season begins, brewers, distributors and retailers can set their sights on new opportunities for growth in 2017. 

FL: Governor Scott Vetoes 'Liquor Wall' Bill

Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would have allowed big box stores such as Wal-Mart and Target to sell liquor. Those spirits can only be sold at separate stores, or the same business separated by a wall. The bill gained stiff opposition from those concerned it would lead to increased alcohol consumption, alcoholism and underage drinking. The veto was a victory for independent liquor-store owners, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits and Publix Super Markets, which fought the bill during the legislative session that ended May 8.

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