Driving Michigan's Economy: Creating Jobs and Giving Back

Getting beer and wine to more than 16,000 retail locations across 83 counties on two peninsulas can be a logistical challenge – a challenge Michigan beer and wine distributors meet and exceed every single day.

By investing in skilled workers, state-of-the-art facilities and cutting edge transportation and equipment, distributors are also contributing to Michigan’s economy. Here’s how:

  • Distributors employ 5,100-plus people across Michigan.
  • Our economic impact exceeds $2 billion a year.
  • Distributors pay wages and benefits of $60,000 on average – higher than the national average.
  • We helped Michigan craft brewers grow 30 percent in 2013 alone, faster than the U.S. average.
  • Distributors helped Michigan winemakers become a Top 10 state in number of vintners, grape producers and wine grape acreage.

Thanks to Michigan’s responsible and balanced system of alcohol safeguards and regulations – also known as the “three-tier” system – that helps products enter and compete on a level playing field in markets across Michigan, our state is a fertile marketplace for entrepreneurial and innovative craft brewers and winemakers.

Today, Michigan has 199 winemakers.

And the Great Lakes State is one of the fastest growing craft beer states in the nation, ranked fifth, with more than 180 homegrown breweries in 2014.