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Study: Beer industry contributes billions to Wash. economy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - An economic impact study out of Virginia shows that America's beer industry, directly and indirectly, contributes nearly $3 billion to Washington's economy annually. The study, commissioned by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institutute also states the industry provides nearly 34,000 jobs.

"America's brewing industry continues to play a pivotal role in supporting this nation's economic viability," said Tom Long, president and chief commercial officer of MillerCoors, and chairman of the Beer Institute.  "Brewers in Washington have been a driving force in their communities for years by creating jobs and tax revenue for public services, and promoting alcohol awareness responsibility initiatives for retailers, schools, and families."

According to the study, the beer industry directly employs 20,320 people in Washington, paying them $565,595,280 in wages.  The 50 beer distributors in Washington employ 1,411 people. Large and small brewers and beer importers employ approximately 592 people.  Beer sales help support roughly 18,316 jobs at licensed retailers, which include supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, bars, stadiums and other outlets.

In addition to strengthening the Washington and U.S. economy, the industry plays a significant role in promoting responsible consumption of its products. Beer distributors (which are licensed by the state and the federal government), brewers and importers have invested in communities across the country to develop and implement programs that promote responsibility and help fight alcohol abuse.  These efforts, along with those of parents, law enforcement, federal and state alcohol beverage regulators, educators and other community groups, have worked to contribute to declines in illegal underage drinking and drunk driving over the past two decades, according to independent and government data.

From: www.BeerServesAmerica.org

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