ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association’s (NBWA) 77th Annual Convention will take place September 28 – October 1, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana.
During the general session on Monday, September 29, President of Gretz Beer Company and NBWA Communications and Public Affairs Committee Chairman Mike Gretz will moderate a panel of representatives from four breweries of various sizes. Participants include:
These brewery leaders will share their views on issues facing the beer industry and discuss the strengths of the American beer distribution system.
“You’d be hard pressed to identify an industry that is as dynamic, exciting and competitive as is the beer industry today,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser. “From the growth in the number of new breweries and choices for American consumers to the expansion and innovation by established global brands, the beer industry is experiencing a renaissance and distributors are adding value and expanding that growth every day.”
“Brewers come in all shapes and sizes: mega-brewers, micro-brewers, regional brewers, nano-brewers, organic brewers, domestic brewers and import brewers… whatever the name, beer provides pure, liquid refreshment to millions of thirsty Americans,” Purser said. “NBWA is thrilled to bring together, a true cross section of leadership representing the American brewing industry.”
For full convention details, please visit the convention page of NBWA’s website at http://nbwa.org/convention. Follow #NBWANOLA on Twitter for additional updates.
Groups Aim to Increase Electronic Payments in the Beer Industry
ALEXANDRIA, VA - The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and Fintech today announced a strategic partnership aimed at growing the number of beer industry payments conducted via electronic funds transfer (EFT).
As part of the partnership, NBWA member companies are eligible for discounts on their annual fees paid to Fintech and will enjoy quarterly rebates on new business they refer. Additionally, NBWA member companies who join Fintech in the future will enjoy discounts on their initial subscription costs. Qualified distributors also will benefit from rate locks on their transaction fees. Finally, as Fintech expands its already significant data services, the two organizations will work together closely to generate industry data.
“For years NBWA has been promoting the use of EFT as a way to meet retailer needs,” said NBWA’s Senior Director of State & Industry Affairs Dave Christman. “Through this partnership, we’re hopeful distributors will increase the amount of electronic payments they collect to the mutual benefit of their business as well as their retailers.”
Fintech, a leader in providing electronic data and payments to the alcohol industry, has been a strong advocate of the NBWA and a regular participant at the association’s annual convention and trade show. Fintech currently provides service to more than 300,000 retailer-distributor relationships nationwide and is the only EFT provider that is compliant and available for use in all 50 states. With more than 2,300 alcohol distributors utilizing Fintech’s system nationwide, the potential benefits of this partnership are limitless.
“I believe this strategic partnership demonstrates a mutual commitment to providing the beverage alcohol community enhanced data and services that will assist in the creation of a 100 percent electronically-paying customer base, which will in turn aid industry growth and streamline efficiency for both distributors and their retailers,” said Fintech CEO Scott Riley. “We couldn’t be more excited at the opportunity to work with such a great organization.”