Beer distributors release report on their economic impact

A study sponsored by the National Beer Wholesalers Association shows the economic impact of beer distribution companies nationally and by individual states.

The report said that Kansas beer distributors employ 1,116 people and generate $396 million in total economic impacts.

According to a news release from the association, the report was produced by Bill Latham and Ken Lewis at the Center for Applied Business and Economic Research at the University of Delaware.

Nationally, beer distribution companies are responsible for 345,000 “direct and indirect jobs,” Latham said in a statement, and “add $54 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product.”

“America’s 3,300 independent beer distributors are proud to directly employ more than 130,000 hard-working men and women in communities across the country, providing significant economic value at many levels,” said the association’s president Craig Purser in a statement.