Press Release

NBWA Releases August Beer Purchasers’ Index

Media contact: Erin Donar | | 703-229-3702

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) released the Beer Purchasers’ Index (BPI) for August 2022.

The August 2022 BPI results show the total beer index is at 46 and “at-risk” inventory is at 54. The August data marks a notable shift from previous readings for the “at-risk” inventory measure, now over 50, indicating more inventories are at risk of going out of code over the next 30 days. “At-risk” indicates a product is at risk of expiring. This is an expected outcome as higher inventory levels are typically associated with lower orders. Continued inflationary pressures, extreme heat and a slowing economy bring the industry to a third month of pause after five months of positive ordering trends.

About NBWA’s Beer Purchasers’ Index: BPI is the only forward-looking indicator for distributors to measure expected beer demand. The index surveys beer distributors’ purchases across different segments and compares them to previous years. A reading greater than 50 indicates the segment is expanding, while a reading below 50 indicates the segment is contracting.

Looking across the segments for August:

  • The imports index stands as the only beer segment in expansion territory with a reading of 63 in August 2022, slightly lower relative to the August 2021 reading of 66.
  • The craft index at 28 is well below the August 2021 reading of 59.
  • The premium lights index posted a reading of 38, below the August 2021 reading of 57.
  • The premium regular segment index is at 33, below the August 2021 reading of 41.
  • The below premium segment is at 42, which is slightly higher than the August 2021 reading of 37. For a third month, this is the only segment to see an increase year-over-year.
  • The FMB/seltzer index took another big hit, falling to 31 in August 2022 from the August 2021 reading of 58.
  • Finally, the cider segment remains below 50, with the August 2022 results at 26 compared to August 2021’s reading of 43.

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents America’s 3,000 independent beer distributors who service every state, congressional district and media market across the country. Licensed at the federal and state levels, beer distributors get bottles, cans, cases and kegs from a brewer or importer to stores, restaurants and other licensed retail accounts through a transparent and accountable regulatory system. Distributors build brands of all sizes – from familiar domestic beers to new startup labels and imports from around the world – and generate enormous consumer choice while supporting more than 140,000 quality jobs in their home communities. Beer distributors work locally to keep communities safe by sponsoring programs to promote responsible consumption, combat drunk driving and reduce underage drinking.