What Drives Us
Alcoholic beverages are different than other consumer products. They are intoxicating, subject to acute and chronic abuse and are in high public demand.
The consumption and regulation of alcoholic beverages in the United States has had a long and tumultuous history leading to Prohibition and its subsequent repeal. After Prohibition, states implemented strong systems that proved successful at regulating – rather than prohibiting – the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Under this balanced regulatory system, often referred to as three-tier, Florida’s independent beer distributors bring a wide variety of fresh beer to licensed independent and chain retailers throughout the state.
Working for Choice & Variety
Thanks to Florida’s three-tier system, distributors are able to work closely with breweries and retailers to achieve choice and variety in the marketplace. Under a three-tier system, there are no directives on the types of beer, wine, or spirits that can be sold or what consumers can purchase, ensuring that all products are affordable and available to all retailers.
Additionally, the three-tier system upholds safe practices for consumers by ensuring beer stays fresh; helps small manufacturers with storage, distribution, and logistics, which can often be a barrier for business; and keeps any specific manufacturer from dominating the market through the use of unfair incentives and practices.
The total economic impact of Florida’s beer industry, with more than $821 million in federal, state, and local taxes paid annually.
With nearly $600 million in wages and salaries, distributor employees are well-trained and fairly compensated.
Family-owned and community-invested, Florida’s distributors contributed $12.9 million in support of charities, local events, and economic development.
Approximately $208 million in capital expenditure is made annually by Florida’s beer distributors.