NBWA Purchasers' Index Steady in October

National Beer Wholesalers Association said its Beer Purchasers' Index remained just slightly below the benchmark of 50 for the third month in a row. The At-Risk inventory comes in at an even 50.

The October results show increased ordering trends for six out of seven segments, led by a 17 point jump for premium regular. The data suggests industry consistency heading into the final months of 2023.

Looking across the segments for October:

  • The index for imports continues to point to expanding volumes with October 2023 reading at 67 higher than October 2022 reading of 59.
  • The craft index at 31 for October 2023 continues to signal contraction in this segment yet it is higher relative to the October 2022 reading at 23.
  • The premium light index rose to 53 for October 2023 above the October 2022 reading at 45.
  • The premium regular index rose to 49 for October 2023 above the October 2022 reading at 32.
  • The below premium segment for October 2023 fell to 45 and is slightly lower than October 2022 reading at 47.
  • The FMB/seltzer reading for October 2023 at 28 is higher than the October 2022 reading at 18.
  • Finally, the cider segment posted a October reading at 35 compared to 30 for October 2022.