Independent Package Stores have a significant economic impact to the MASSACHUSETTS and national economy.
In Massachusetts, the direct retail sales of the beverage alcohol industry are responsible for $19.01 billion in total economic activity.i
Establishments that sell alcohol employ as many as 139,685 people in Massachusetts and generate an additional 60,759 jobs in supplier and ancillary industries.ii
Businesses selling alcohol in Massachusetts, along with their supplier and ancillary industries, pay $8.02 billion in wages and benefits each year. This amounts to an average of $40,000 in wages and benefits.
In Massachusetts, the industry and its employees pay over $1.08 billion in state and local taxes, and an additional $1.84 billion in federal taxes.
Establishments that sell beverage alcohol in the United States are an important part of the national landscape and economy, employing as many as 5,659,226 people across the United States and generating an additional 2,613,916 related jobs. Beverage alcohol retailers, along with the companies that provide supplies and materials for the industry, provide good wages and benefits, pay significant amounts in tax to local, state and federal governments, and contribute billions to the economy every year.
THREE-TIER SYSTEM UPHOLDS PUBLIC SAFETY
Alcohol beverages are a controlled substance that must be handled with responsibly to prevent adulterated product from reaching the market place, over consumption and underage drinking. Beer, wine and spirits retailers are the local face of the hospitality industry and are the last to handle beverage alcohol products before they reach consumers over the age of 21. An integral link in the Three-Tier System of suppliers, distributors and retailers, beverage licensees promote the responsible use of alcohol products. Independent package stores engage with local, state and federal officials on the policies and regulations that affect their businesses, while continuing to provide an unprecedented variety of products and high-quality service to their customers.
iJohn Dunham & Associates. 2016 Economic Impact Study of America’s Beer, Wine and Spirits Retailers. New York, July 2016.
iiAll jobs in on-premise full-service restaurants and drinking places are included as these businesses depend on the sale of alcohol for a substantial portion of their revenues and profits. In all other locations, this analysis examines on-premise retail alcohol beverage sales accounting for full time and equivalent jobs related solely to the sale of alcohol.