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Beer creates jobs in San Antonio

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Beer is a huge industry, and new research shows that it contributes to creating jobs in San Antonio and other areas of Texas.

America’s beer industry, made up of brewers, beer importers, beer distributors, brewer suppliers and retailers, contributes $21.0 billion annually to Texas’s economy and is linked to 160,390 local jobs, according to a study jointly commissioned by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Beer Institute.

According to the study, the beer industry directly employs nearly 1.1 million people nationwide, paying nearly $31.8 billion in wages and benefits, among brewers, distributors and retailers, such as supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, bars and stadiums. Indirectly, the industry generates nearly $153.2 billion in economic activity in agriculture, manufacturing, construction, transportation and other sectors.

The industry generates nearly 160,390 jobs in Texas–accounting for $6.6 billion in wages and benefits. The industry also contributed $3.1 billion in the form of business, personal and consumption taxes in 2012.

“As independent businesses, America’s licensed beer distributors are proud to provide more than 130,000 quality jobs with solid wages and great benefits to employees in every state and congressional district across the country,” said Bob Archer, president of Blue Ridge Beverage Co., Inc. in Salem, Virginia, and chairman of NBWA.

“America’s beer industry continues to play a significant role in supporting the economy in each and every state, including Texas,” said CEO of MillerCoors and Beer Institute chairman, Tom Long. “From the 126 brewers employing 2,280 people, to the roughly 45,308 licensed retailers, like supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, bars and stadiums, the beer industry is vital to local economies.”