Just to let you know, it's me, Dennis, posting under Carlie's screen name, until our vendor figures out how to make sure my posts end up on Biz Buzz here on nems360.
So, here's news from the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association, citing data that shows the beer industry is good for many, many things:
A new economic impact study shows that America’s beer industry, made up of brewers, beer importers, beer distributors, brewer suppliers, and retailers, directly and indirectly contributes $840,592,977 annually to Mississippi’s economy. The study, commissioned by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Beer Institute, also shows that the industry’s economic impact in Mississippi includes 12,401 jobs - paying $294,569,819 in wages - as well as $132,986,848 in federal, state, and local taxes.
“Beer distributors are proud providers of 95,000 quality jobs with solid wages and great benefits in every state and congressional district across the country,” said Phil Terry, chief executive officer of Monarch Beverage Company in Indianapolis, Indiana, and chairman of NBWA. “As privately-owned businesses, beer distributors are invested in their communities and work hard to ensure the effective state-based system of alcohol regulation, which works to keep communities and consumers safe.”
According to the study, the beer industry directly employs 8,043 people in Mississippi, paying them $171,342,894 in wages. The 34 beer distributors in Mississippi employ 933 people. Large and small brewers and beer importers employ approximately 23 people. Beer sales help support roughly 7,087 jobs at licensed retailers, which include supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, bars, stadiums and other outlets.
So, there you go.