The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) announced today that the Distributors Against Human Trafficking initiative trained 5,164 distribution employees during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January.
Off-premise beer category dollar sales increased 15.7% year-to-date through January 23, compared to the same period last year, market research firm NielsenIQ reported. For the four weeks ending January 23 (which includes December 28-31, 2020), off-premise dollars sales of the beer category — which includes core beer, flavored malt beverages, hard seltzers, ciders and malt liquor — increased 14.2%, indicating slight acceleration after January 1.
The number of legal drinking age adults who have visited on-premise establishments has remained stagnant at around 50% for several months, according to a report from Nielsen CGA, the on-premise arm of market research firm NielsenIQ. In the two weeks leading up to the January 8-10 survey period, 50% of respondents said they had gone out for a meal, which was the same number as those who had been out to a restaurant in the two weeks prior.
Drinking occasions remain less popular — 17% of respondents had gone out for a drink in the two weeks before the January 8-10 survey, an increase of 1% from the previous survey. Only 41% of respondents said they planned to visit a restaurant in the two weeks following the survey, but 18% said they would go out for a drink.
The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) announced during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month that the Distributors Against Human Trafficking initiative has trained 6,000 beer distribution employees to safely spot and report the signs of human trafficking. NBWA is well on its way to reaching its goal of training 10,000 employees by the end of 2021.
The National Beer Wholesalers Association’s (NBWA) Beer Purchasers’ Index — which tracks wholesalers’ monthly buying behaviors — expanded in October 2020 with an index of 76. Meanwhile, year-to-date through September, U.S. brewers have shipped more than 126.5 million barrels of beer, a decline of 0.9% (or more than 1.1 million barrels), according to domestic tax paid estimates from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) shared by the Beer Institute.
The leveling up of Millennials and Generation Z consumers is a bright spot on the horizon for craft beer, the beer industry’s leading economists said during last week’s Brewers Association Collab Hour webinar. “There’s really good tailwinds for craft,” Brewers Association (BA) chief economist Bart Watson said.
This week during its 83rd Annual Convention and Product Showcase, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) presented its Life Service Award to the 142,000 hardworking people who make up America’s beer distribution industry.
The three-tier distribution system is “under attack from all sides” and wholesalers should work to strengthen franchise laws that lock suppliers into nearly unbreakable contracts with their distributor partners. That was one of the messages from Patrick Blach, the incoming chairman of the National Beer Wholesalers, during his introductory speech Tuesday at the trade group’s 83rd Annual Convention.
Overall beer purchasing intention expanded at wholesalers nationwide last month, according to the National Beer Wholesalers Association monthly Beer Purchasers’ Index (BPI).
The ongoing economic pain points caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shut downs of on-premise retailers have led to severe consequences for the beer industry and adjacent businesses.
A new generation of leaders is taking the reins at New Ulm, Minnesota-based Schell’s Brewery, as Ted Marti steps down from overseeing operations at the 160-year-old brewery and hands the reins to his sons, according to the Mankato Free Press.
The National Beer Wholesalers Association’s Annual Convention won’t be taking place in-person in Orlando, Florida, this October after all. The largest meeting of beer wholesalers in the country will instead go virtual from October 4-7. The NBWA was set to host its Annual Convention in Orlando in early October, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has rendered those plans unfeasible.
In a time when off-premise beer sales top $1 billion weekly, without the on-premise half of the trade, the beer industry still has “a hole to dig out of,” National Beer Wholesalers Association chief economist Lester Jones said during a webinar presented by invoice tech firm Fintech.
Craft beer purchase intent among wholesalers has hit an all-time low, according to the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA). Nielsen CGA found the number of checks at tracked accounts in the week ending April 25 increased 69% over the week ending March 28.