THE RIPPLE EFFECT

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Idaho’s beer breweries and wineries’ economic benefits spread throughout the state to individuals and companies providing products and services needed for the production, distribution, and sale of these beverages.

Brewers and wineries purchase grains, hops, grapes, and other raw materials from farmers in Idaho. The industries also purchases equipment and machinery for breweries, wineries, packaging for beverages, shipping services, and marketing and advertising services. Each year the industry spends millions of dollars for needed products and services.

These businesses in turn purchase products and services from other businesses, continuing the spread of economic benefits. And employees in all companies spend their earnings on personal purchases.

Thus, economic activity started by Idaho’s beer and wine industries generates output and jobs in hundreds of other industries, often in states far removed from the original economic activity.