Beer Industry Pours $13.2 Billion Into New York Annually - $223 Billion Nationwide
A new economic impact study, conducted by John Dunham & Associates, based in New York, found that brewers, beer importers, beer distributors, brewer suppliers and retailers, directly and indirectly contributes $13.2 billion annually to New York's economy. The study was commissioned by The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA).
Here are some actual numbers:
1. 99,178 Jobs in New York Alone (Brewers, Distributors)
2. $4.6 Billion in Wages (Total) (NY)
3. $2.8 billion In Business, Personal and Consumption Taxes (NY)
4. 51,858 Vendors (NY)
"As independent businesses, America's 3,300 licensed beer distributors are proud to provide more than 98,000 quality jobs with solid wages and great benefits to employees in every state and congressional district across the country," said Larry Del Papa, president and CEO of Del Papa Distributing Company, Inc. in Galveston, Texas, and chairman of NBWA. "Beer distributors are deeply rooted in their local markets, so it's only natural that they work hard to keep their communities safe – especially by fighting underage drinking and drunk driving."
But, if you think those numbers are big, just take a look at the beer business on a (US) national level. Every year, the beer industry plays a vital role in the U.S. economy by contributing $223 billion, annually. It provides Americans with 1.8 million jobs, and provides over $71 billion in wages paid. As a whole, the beer industry also paid $44.7 billion in personal, business and consumption taxes. Consumption taxes included $3.6 billion in federal excise taxes and $1.7 billion in state excise taxes and $5.9 billion in state and local sales taxes.
The beer industry is also cited for their vital role in promoting responsible consumption of its products. Every year, brewers, importers, and independent beer distributors, licensed at both the state and federal levels, dedicate significant resources to develop public safety, education and prevention campaigns and to promote federal and local programs to help reduce underage drinking and drunk driving.
"In addition to providing quality jobs with solid wages, the three-tier beer distribution system provides transparency and accountability while offering American consumers with tremendous choice and variety – nearly 13,000 different labels of beer – at a great value," added NBWA President Craig Purser. "This time-tested, effective system of state controls, in which America's beer distributors play a critical role, works to ensure alcoholic beverages are sold only to licensed retailers who in turn are responsible for selling only to adults of legal drinking age," added NBWA President Craig Purser.