Beer is big, big business in Ohio. A new economic impact study released by the National Beer Wholesalers Association says beer distributors employ 4,527 workers and contribute $1.6 billion to the economy.
Ohio beer distributor activities also contribute $351 million in federal, state and local taxes, and that doesn't include $417 million in federal, state and local alcohol excise and consumption taxes on beer sold in the state, according to the report America's Beer Distributors: Fueling Jobs, Generating Economic Growth & Delivering Value to Local Communities. There are 95 beer distributors in the state.
“The beer distribution sector is a hidden gem that has been tremendously undervalued in previous economic reports,” co-author Dr. Bill Latham said in a prepared statement. “Fueling more than 345,000 direct and indirect jobs across the country, beer distributors add $54 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product and offer far reaching benefits to brewers, importers, retailers, consumers and government agencies at all levels.”
The study was done by the Center for Applied Business and Economic Research at the University of Delaware.
To read the full report and see state-by-state breakdowns, click here.