Beer Distributors

Beer Distributors

Overview

The 1,490 beer distributors in the US are the middlemen between the suppliers (breweries and importers) and the retailers (grocery stores, convenience stores, bars, restaurants, sporting venues etc.). Distributors must provide climate-controlled storage, transportation, and maintenance for perishable malt beverages from the time they leave the brewery until they arrive at the retailer.

Competition from Larger Distributors

Beer distributors are typically small, local operations, but the industry has been consolidating as larger distributors expand through acquisitions.

Shifts in Beer Consumption

Beer consumption reached a low in 2013 of 36% market share in favor of wine and due to health consciousness.