The Year in Review

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What’s Hot, What’s Not in Beer & Wine When we hit the middle of March last year, everything changed for the beer and wine business.   Restaurants and bars closed, and then some reopened under serious restrictions.  Events were cancelled, starting with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, followed by beer festivals, sporting events and music concerts.  Beer wholesalers led the way …

COVID-19’s Impact on the Beer Industry: Analysis from the National Beer Wholesalers Association

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Across the country, COVID-19’s impact on the beverage alcohol industry has been overwhelming since mid-March of 2020. From on-premise shutdowns to supply chain challenges, the beer market continues to see significant disruptions. Less draft beer When on-premise licensees were forced to close their doors, brewers, distributors and retailers around the U.S. were left grappling with what do to with the untapped …

Do Millennials Drink Wine?

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Millennials are used to being blamed for the demise of everything from movie theaters to golf.  Now, according to one newspaper story, they aren’t going to wine tasting rooms, either.  The fact is that those between the ages of 23 and 38 aren’t drinking all that much wine.  Millennials comprise nearly 30% of the U.S. voting age population but consume …

Spiked Seltzer—The Drink of Summer 2019

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It seemed as if everywhere you turned this summer, from backyard barbecues to concerts and the beach, there was a spiked seltzer in someone’s hand. With its low ABV and calorie count and creative flavors, spiked seltzers exploded.  Seltzer is perceived by many as a healthier alternative beverage.   Seltzers now comprise about 6 percent of all beer sales by …

Tryon Distributing of Charlotte has been named the Craft Beer Wholesaler of the Year.

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Tryon Distributing of Charlotte has been named the Craft Beer Wholesaler of the Year by the Brewers Association.   The award was presented May 1 at the Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville, TN.   The award recognizes an American beer distributor who goes above and beyond in their efforts to actively, market, sell and promote beer from small and independent brewers.  Tryon is …

New Campaign Highlights 3,977 Beer Distribution Jobs in North Carolina

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National Beer Wholesalers Association launches ‘Delivering Local Jobs’; Tells story of independent beer distributors in North Carolina Alexandria, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) today announced the launch of DeliveringLocalJobs.com, the centerpiece of a new public awareness effort highlighting the faces of the beer distribution industry – the 135,000 men and women who work as truck drivers, sales representatives, inventory specialists, graphic designers, receptionists …

Four Association Lobbyists Among Most Influential

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Four lobbyists for this Association are ranked among the most influential in the state, according to a survey released by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.  Harold Brubaker (ranked #1), Tom Fetzer (#3), Lori Ann Harris (#11) and Tim Kent (#27) all represent the Association’s interests before the N.C. General Assembly.

Independent Distributors Essential to Craft Beer Success

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Boston Research Group has published a study that credits independent beer distributors as an essential component in the craft beer movement.  The U.S. distribution system has been a “fundamental enabler” in growth and cost savings for craft brewers.  For a copy of the report, click here.