The NBWA Beer Purchasers’ Index (BPI) is an informal monthly statistical release giving distributors a timely and reliable indicator of industry beer purchasing activity. BPI is the only forward-looking indicator for distributors to measure expected beer demand. 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.
The October Beer Purchaser’s Index continues to indicate more disruptions in the beer market. However, there are some early signs of settling back to normal in the data. The Total Beer Purchasers' Index for October 2020 rose to 76 from 70 for October 2019. While still significantly higher, the gap between the current month and prior year is much smaller than we have seen since May.
The "at-risk inventory” index for total beer (inventory at risk of going out-of-code in the next 30 days) continues to record all-time low readings at 21 for October 2020 compared to 46 in October 2019. Beer distributors continue to take an aggressive stance in their ordering to minimize out-of-stocks and restock inventories.
Looking across the segments for October:
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