Beer Purchasers' Index | NBWA: America's Beer Distributors

Beer Purchasers' IndexThe NBWA Beer Purchasers’ Index (BPI) is an informal monthly statistical release giving distributors a timely and reliable indicator of industry beer purchasing activity.
Similar to the widely recognized Purchasing Managers’ Index, the BPI is a net rising index and a leading indicator of industry performance based on surveyed responses from participating beer purchasers. 

July Beer Purchasers' Index.

The Beer Purchasers' Index rebounded in July after posting significant drop in June. The total beer index rose a few points from 63 in July 2018 to 65 in July 2019. This is a relatively stronger reading against past historical July readings from 2015 to 2018. The “At Risk Inventory” reading at 45 has also consistently trended down since March 2019. 

Looking across the segments: ​

  • The index for imports took another step back from 2018 highs but remained in expansion territory in July 2019 with an index reading of 65 compared to the July 2018 reading of 71.
  • The craft index at 59 is below the July 2018 reading of 66 and remains in expansion territory in 2019. 
  • Premium lights and below premiums actually held their own against 2018 readings while premium regulars posted an 11-point increase over 2018 readings. All three segments continue to struggle with below 50 index readings.
  • The flavored malt beverage/progressive adult beverage (FMB/PAB) segment saw another increase over 2018 with an index reading of 81 in July compared to 68 in July 2018.
  • The cider segment fell to 46 from 42 and continues to contract from its peak readings in late 2018.

The August 2019 BPI survey will run from Aug 8th through August 16th. Results will be released to participating distributors on Aug 19th.

NOTE: NBWA member distributors, if you would like to see early results, please register and participate in this month’s survey by filling out the form below.


Beer Distributors: Please sign up to participate and receive the first and only advance notice of expectations for increasing or decreasing sales. Complete the form below using your company’s primary beer purchaser’s contact information. For additional information, please email
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