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.”

Press Release: America’s Beer Distribution Industry Recognizes Economic Impact of Its Workforce This Labor Day

August 27, 2014

U.S. Beer Distributors Generate 130,000 Direct Jobs, $54 Billion in Economic Benefits  ALEXANDRIA, VA – As Americans prepare to celebrate Labor Day, the National Beer Wholesalers Association(NBWA) is recognizing the contributions of the men and women of the beer distribution industry whose work positively impacts the nation’s economy. “Labor Day is a perfect time to recognize the […]

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Press Release: Record Number of Nominees Announced for Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award

August 26, 2014

Winner to Be Named October 4 at Great American Beer FestivalÒ ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Brewers Association (BA) are pleased to announce the nominees for the Eighth Annual Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award. The award recognizes an American beer distributor who goes above and beyond in their efforts to actively market, sell and promote craft beer. […]

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Press Release: Keep Cozy this Fall with Seasonal Picks from CraftBeer.com

August 21, 2014

Crisp Autumn Weather Yields Flavorful, Full-bodied Offerings from America’s Small and Independent Brewers Boulder, CO • August 21, 2014—Signaling the start of fall, the leaves will soon turn rich shades of red, gold and amber—the same colors as the wide array of craft beers produced by the country’s small and independent brewers this season. Just in time […]

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Press Release: America’s Beer Distributors Applaud Sustained Growth for Craft Beer

July 29, 2014

Mid-Year Craft Beer Data Show 18 Percent Increase in Production Volume ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) – which represents the interests of America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributors – applauds America’s craft brewers for their continued growth and entrepreneurial spirit, which adds energy and excitement to the American beer industry. According to mid-year data released this week […]

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Press Release: Brewers Association Reports Sustained Growth for Craft

July 28, 2014

Small and independent brewers see increase in first half of 2014  Boulder, CO • July 28, 2014—Small and independent craft brewers enjoyed continued growth in the first half of 2014, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade association that represents the majority of U.S. breweries. American craft beer production volume increased […]

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Press Release: NBWA’s 77th Annual Convention to Offer 20 Education Seminars

July 28, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) will offer 20 education seminars at its77th Annual Convention to be held September 28 – October 1, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. “In addition to an outstanding lineup of speakers during the general session and more than 100 exhibitors at theProduct Demonstration Showcase, NBWA is excited to offer a diverse selection of education […]

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Press Release: Entry Deadline Approaches for NBWA Second Annual “Share Your Story” Contest for First-Time Convention Attendees

July 25, 2014

Winner to Receive Free Trip to NBWA’s 77th Annual Convention  ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is accepting entries until August 1 for theSecond Annual Share Your Story Contest for beer distribution employees who have never attended the NBWA Annual Convention. The contest is intended to highlight many of the 130,000 men and women who make up the beer distribution […]

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Press Release: NBWA Celebrates New Gallup Poll Showing Beer as Americans’ Adult Beverage of Choice

July 24, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) – which represents the interests of America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributors – is celebrating a new Gallup poll showing that Americans who drink alcohol choose beer over wine and liquor as the type of alcohol they consume most often. The poll found that 41 percent of U.S. drinkers report they typically […]

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