Economic Impact | NBWA: America's Beer Distributors

America’s Beer Distributors: Fueling Jobs, Generating Economic Growth & Delivering Value to Local Communities is a comprehensive report on beer distribution companies’ total impact on national and state economies.

The report, produced by Dr. Bill Latham and Dr. Ken Lewis of the Center for Applied Business & Economic Research at the University of Delaware, provides an in-depth view of beer distributors’ economic contributions by taking into account how beer distributor activities are intertwined with many parts of the economy, especially the personal services sector.

It also accounts for the amount of resources contributed by beer distributors in supporting community events and local economic development, contributing to charitable causes and promoting responsible alcohol use and adds the impacts of these activities to the usual impacts of distributor operations.

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Key Findings

  • The beer distribution industry directly employs 135,000 people in the United States.

  • When the impacts of distributor operations, capital investment and community involvement are considered, the total number of impact jobs exceeds 338,000.

  • Beer distributors contribute a total of $70 billion in economic impact across the U.S.

  • Beer distributor activities contribute nearly $13 billion to the federal, state and local tax bases. This does not include the nearly $11 billion in federal, state and local alcohol excise and consumption taxes.

  • The beer distribution industry contributes more than $23 billion in transportation efficiencies for the beer industry each year.

  • Beer distributor activities result in nearly $178 million in economic impacts to communities through support of charities, local events and economic development.