The first ever comprehensive report on the impact beer distribution companies have on national and state economies has been conducted at the University of Delaware.
The numbers are huge.
Produced by Dr. Bill Latham and Dr. Ken Lewis of the Center for Applied Business and Economic Research the report focuses on the contributions of beer distributors to the federal, state, and local economies. The report also accounts for the amount of resources contributed by beer distributors in supporting community events and local economic development, contributing to charitable causes and promoting responsible alcohol use and adds the impacts of these activities to the usual impacts of distributor operations.
The most notable findings of the study include:
- Texas beer distributors directly employ 13,581 people.
- When the impacts of Texas distributor operations, capital investment and community involvement are considered, the total number of impact jobs is nearly 39,000.
- Texas beer distributors generate $6.3 billion in total economic impacts.
- Texas beer distributor activities contribute $1.2 billion to the federal, state and local tax bases. This does not include an added $1 billion in federal, state and local alcohol excise and consumption taxes on beer sold in Texas.
- The Texas beer distribution industry contributes more than $1.8 billion in transportation efficiencies for the beer industry each year.
- Beer distributor contributions to local community activities generate more than $17 million in impacts annually.
"Fueling more than 345,000 direct and indirect jobs across the country, beer distributors add $54 billion to the nation's gross domestic product and offer far reaching benefits to brewers, importers, retailers, consumers and government agencies at all levels," said Dr. Latham.
"America's 3,300 independent beer distributors are proud to directly employ more than 130,000 hardworking men and women in communities across the country, providing significant economic value at many levels," said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser.