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Industry News

NBWA Statement on 9th Circuit Ruling Upholding California Tied-House Laws

Kathleen Joyce - - National Beer Wholesalers Association

Today, an en banc panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued its opinion in Retail Digital Network's suit against a California law prohibiting beverage alcohol manufacturers and wholesalers from providing anything of value, directly or indirectly, to retailers in exchange for advertising their alcoholic beverages.

NBWA and Beer Institute Announce U.S. Beer Industry Contributes $350 Billion to Economy and Creates 2.23 Million Jobs

Kathleen Joyce - - National Beer Wholesalers Association

From brewers and beer importers to beer distributors and retailers, the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) today released Beer Serves America, an economic study that highlights how the U.S. beer industry generates more than 2.23 million jobs, providing $103.3 billion in wages and benefits to American workers and families.

Economic output, job data and tax contributions per state can be found here: http://www.beerservesamerica.org.

Independent Beer Distributors Celebrate American Craft Beer Week

Kathleen Joyce - - National Beer Wholesalers Association

America’s more than 3,000 licensed, independent beer distributorsare celebrating the excitement that entrepreneurial brewers bring to the beer industry and consumers during American Craft Beer Week, May 15-21, 2017.

According to data released this March by the Brewers Association (BA), craft brewers – as defined by BA – continued steady growth last year as American craft beer production volume increased 6 percent on a comparable base, representing 12.3 percent market share by volume of the overall beer industry. Craft brewers saw a 10 percent increase in retail dollar value, representing 21.9 percent market share. The data also indicate that craft brewers produced 24.6 million barrels of beer in 2016.

Additionally, the BA reported that in 2016 the number of operating breweries in the U.S. grew 16.6 percent, totaling more than 5,000 breweries. As defined by the BA, small and independent breweries account for 99 percent of the breweries in operation.

“LAST CALL FOR CRAFT BEER”? HARDLY

James B. Arndorfer - - MillerCoors Blog

Give Jim Koch points for consistency.

He’s built Boston Beer Co. from an industry upstart to an establishment player that is losing share and drinkers to a new generation of craft brewers. But along the way he hasn’t outgrown a penchant for taking shots at competitors.

His latest salvo appeared in a New York Times op-ed titled, provocatively, “Is It Last Call for Craft Beer?

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