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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WI: Lawmakers Want to Regulate Powdered Alcohol Like Liquid Alcohol

Two Wisconsin lawmakers have backed away from a proposal to ban powdered alcohol and instead want to subject it to the same regulations as liquid alcohol. Sen. Tim Carpenter and Rep. Debra Kolste introduced a bill to expand the state’s definition of alcohol to include powdered forms. A bill they introduced in 2015 to ban sale of the substance in Wisconsin failed to win support. Carpenter said he wanted to make sure powdered alcohol was covered by the same rules that applied to sale and consumption of liquid alcohol before it is sold in Wisconsin.

MO: Urban Chestnut Partners With Major Brands for St. Louis Distribution

St. Louis-based Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. has partnered with Major Brands to provide the craft brewer with distribution services in the city of St. Louis beginning March 1. "We are thrilled to enter into this agreement and work with them to increase our current distribution capabilities in the city of St. Louis, as well as maintain the great partnerships with our current retail customers," said David Wolfe, Urban Chestnut's co-founder. Major Brands will distribute Urban Chestnut's entire portfolio in the city of St. Louis, as well as continuing to represent the brewery in St.

MN: Fulton Beer Partners With Artisanal Imports to Expand U.S. Distribution

Fulton Beer, located in Minneapolis, has partnered with Artisanal Imports to expand distribution in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Florida and New York, with additional markets in planning for 2018 and beyond. The partnership comes as Fulton installs a new canning line and fermentation tanks, increasing its annual capacity to 45,000 barrels.

NC: Catawba Brewing Expands Distribution to Georgia

Morganton, North Carolina-based Catawba Brewing is expanding distribution to Georgia in March. The brewery has partnered with United Distributors for distribution. Over the past year, the brewery has added 11 new wholesalers across North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. Catawba’s lineup can be found statewide in those markets.

A Majority of Millennials Shop Online for Groceries

Nearly two-thirds of millennials shop online weekly for groceries, and this demographic has the potential to transform the retail grocery business, according to new research released by Clavis Insight. Health-and-wellness products are what millennials purchase most, with 69% shopping in this category at least once a month. Clavis Insight also found that more than four-in-10 millennials use a mobile device as their primary shopping device, indicating that online grocers “need to ensure that they have their sites optimized for mobile shopping."

ND: Bergseth Bros. Completes Construction on Distribution Facility

Fargo, North Dakota-based beer distributor Bergseth Bros. recently completed construction on a 116,000 square-foot beverage distribution facility. The new facility features an expansive craft and draft cooler and an energy efficient warehouse cooling and lighting system. The distributor worked with HDA Architects on the new building. HDA has worked with more than 130 beer wholesalers on various facility projects.

MillerCoors Brings Zima Back to U.S. Market

Zima, the clear malt beverage first sold by Coors Brewing in 1993, was discontinued in this country in 2008 amid slumping sales. But emboldened by success with its line of alcoholic sodas, Henry's Hard Soda, MillerCoors, the U.S. subsidiary of Zima's parent company, Denver- and Montreal-based Molson Coors Brewing, confirmed that it is bringing the brand back stateside. "If you're one of the zillion fans who have missed Zima, the answer should be clear," MillerCoors said in a statement.

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