Industry News

Congressional Letter Expresses Strong Support for Current Federal and State Systems of Alcohol Regulation

- National Beer Wholesalers Association

On June 27, 2017, a majority of members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a bipartisan letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressing support for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

The letter highlights the value of the American system of alcohol regulation and applauds TTB's work as the primary federal regulator of the alcohol industry. The letter also expresses support for keeping the TTB within the Treasury Department instead of moving it to the IRS.

Anheuser-Busch’s The High End responds to ‘independent craft’ seal

Kate Bernot - - Draft Magazine

Earlier this week, the Brewers Association, a trade group representing small and independent breweries, unveiled its "certified independent craft" seal. The association encourages breweries that meet its definition of "independent" to use the free seal on packaging and marketing materials. It's intended to help those breweries distinguish themselves from so-called Big Beer, or breweries that have sold to larger brewing conglomerates (most notably Anheuser-Busch's The High End division).

BREWERS ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES NEW SEAL TO DESIGNATE INDEPENDENT BEERS

- Brewers Association

In an effort to educate beer lovers about which beers are independently produced, the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America's small and independent craft brewers—launched a new seal touting independent craft brewers.

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.

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