Distributor Employee Spotlight

America’s 3,300 independent beer distribution facilities employ 130,000 men and women across the country. The NBWA Employee Spotlight Program highlights standout beer distribution employees and showcases their achievements. In the spotlight: Frankie Nester of Lawrence Distributing Company in Danville, Virginia.
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America’s Beer Distributors Generate 130,000 Direct Jobs

A new economic impact report provides the first-ever comprehensive report on beer distribution companies' total impact on national and state economies, including $54 billion in overall U.S. economic benefits.
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NBWA Chief Economist Lester Jones provides a look at recent U.S. import volume gains. He notes that, with Mexican imports now almost two thirds of total import volumes, the Hispanic beer market is poised to be a driving force for the U.S. beer business for the remainder of 2014 and into 2015.

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The Compensation and Benefits Study is an industry study that allows NBWA members to compare their compensation levels and benefits policies with other distributors of similar size and by region. NBWA’s Compensation and Benefits Study provides timely information and is an important management tool for beer distributors. The Compensation and Benefits Study is produced every other year, and the 2014 CBS is currently available for purchase by NBWA members only. 

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The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Brewers Association (BA) jointly presented the 2014 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award to J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. of Tampa, Florida. The award, now in its eighth year, was presented on October 4, 2014, at the Great American Beer Festival® hosted by the BA in Denver, Colorado. The award recognizes an American beer distribution company that does the most to market, promote and sell craft beer.

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NBWA-TV captured highlights from NBWA's 77th Annual Convention, held September 28 - October 1 in New Orleans. Watch NBWA-TV newscasts to see live reports covering all of the excitement from this year's convention along with videos showcasing the 2014 NBWA Legislative Conference, how independent beer distributors are Main Street businesses fueling Wall Street and how distributors are working with craft breweries to build awareness for their brands and help them grow.

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Read the special NBWA 77th Annual Convention issue, which provides a look at the activities of the National Beer Wholesaler Association, including membership programs and services. Read a message from NBWA's incoming chairman of the Board of Directors, why warehouse visits are key to building relationships on Capitol Hill and how NBWA is engaging with beer bloggers. Also read about NBWA's Share Your Story Contest, the Next Generation Group, the Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award and more.

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October 6, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is proud to announce its Board of Directors officers for the 2014-2015 term. Eric Best, general manager/partner of Bob Hall LLC in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, takes the helm as chairman of the Board. He assumed the position and its responsibilities during NBWA’s 77th Annual Convention held September 28 – October 1 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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October 4, 2014

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Brewers Association(BA) are pleased to announce that J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. of Tampa, Florida, has been selected as the 2014 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year. The award, now in its eighth year, recognizes the beer distribution company that does the most to market, promote and sell craft beer. NBWA and BA presented the award jointly today at the Great American Beer Festival® in Denver, Colorado.

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September 30, 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Eric Best, general manager/partner of Bob Hall LLC in Upper Marlboro, Mar

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September 30, 2014

Public Affairs and Political Action Awards Presented at NBWA 77th Annual Convention

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) honored several industry leaders today during NBWA’s 77th Annual Convention taking place September 28 – October 1 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The NBWA Public Affairs Award recognizes outstanding efforts to advocate for and promote the beer distribution industry through effective communications and public affairs initiatives.  It was presented to the Pennsylvania Beer Alliance.

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November 24, 2014

AB InBev has decided that persuading 21- to 27-year-olds to grab a Bud is the best chance to stop Budweiser's decline in sales. After years of developing advertising and marketing that appeals to all ages, AB InBev plans to concentrate future Budweiser promotions exclusively on that age bracket. AB InBev looks at 20-somethings as a new market to tap. The number of people turning 21 peaked in 2013 at around 4.6 million. They represent the largest number of new drinkers since the Baby Boom, according to the National Beer Wholesalers Association.

November 24, 2014

Brewing giant SABMiller is preparing to go head to head with Anheuser-Busch InBev in Brazil, the world’s second biggest beer market, after partnering with a local brewer. The beer comapny has agreed to a tie-up with Grupo Petropolis, Brazil’s second biggest brewer, to sell “premium” beer brands in the lucrative South American market next year.

November 24, 2014

It’s hardly news that craft beer is incredibly popular among the millennial demographic. But considering that this consumer base consists of anyone born between 1977 and 1994, it can be hard to market to them with that information alone. To start, drinkers between the age of 21 and 34 consume 35.5 percent of overall craft volume and are 38 percent more likely to buy craft over other legal drinking-aged adults.

November 24, 2014

Bryan, Texas-based Kristen Distributing Company has purchased the Gunler Foods facility to expand their beer and beverage business. "At this point we are doing some modifications so we can have our keg cooler in there, make some additional office space," said Nancy Johnson, the marketing manager for Kristen Distributing Company. She says the new, 25 acre site gives them two more buildings and railroad access. Kristen D

November 3, 2014
The beer distribution industry is made up of more than 130,000 hardworking men and women who take great pride in their jobs. Many of those people have been working in the industry for decades.  
October 17, 2014
Rick McAmis, area manager at Premium Beverage Sales in Springfield, Missouri, was recently recognized on stage at NBWA’s 77th Annual Convention in New Orleans as the winner of NBWA’s Second Annual Share Your Story Contest. <
September 28, 2014
Read the special NBWA 77th Annual Convention issue, which provides a look at the activities of the National Beer Wholesaler Association, including membership programs and services. Read a message from NBWA's incoming chairman of the Board of Directors, why warehouse visits are key to building...

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