This Labor Day weekend, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and independent beer distributors in Arizona are recognizing beer distribution employees whose work positively affects state and national economies.
"From truck drivers to graphic artists and sales representatives, America's beer distribution employees work day in and day out to make this the best beer market in the world," NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser said. "Independent beer distributors do much more than deliver fresh beer; they provide significant economic benefits in their communities through local business-to-business commerce, investments in infrastructure and capital assets, and tax revenue."
An economic impact report, titled "America's Beer Distributors: Fueling Jobs, Generating Economic Growth and Delivering Value to Local Communities," states that more than 3,000 beer distribution facilities employ 135,000 workers around the country.
The report -- produced by Dr. Bill Latham and Dr. Ken Lewis of the Center for Applied Business and Economic Research at the University of Delaware -- details the impact beer distribution companies have on the economy. Among the findings, the report claims that Arizona beer distributors add $1.5 billion to the nation's gross domestic product and contribute $283.7 million to the state, federal and local tax bases.
The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents more than 3,000 licensed independent beer distributors around the U.S.