History | Kentucky Beverage Association

History

The Kentucky Beverage Association (KBA) is the trade association for Kentucky’s refreshing non-alcoholic beverage industry, serving the public and its members since 1917.  It has lived under sever names including most recently as the Kentucky Soft Drink Association.
KBA’s mission is to promote the development, preservation, and operation and general welfare of the refreshing, non-alcoholic beverage industry in Kentucky. KBA represents beverage producers, distributors, franchise companies and support industries in Kentucky. Together, they bring to market hundreds of brands, flavors and packages, including regular and diet soft drinks, bottled water and water beverages, 100 percent juice and juice drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and ready-to-drink teas.

KBA represents its members on the federal, state, and local levels of government and provides a forum in which members convene to consider issues of interest, while maintaining their traditional spirited competition in the marketplace. The Association also serves as a liaison between the industry, government, and the public, and provides a unified voice in legislative and regulatory matters.

The non-alcoholic beverage industry plays an important role in Kentucky’s economy.  Our industry has a direct economic impact of $2.9 billion, provides more than 4,000 jobs and helps to support thousands more that depend, in part, on beverage sales for their livelihoods.  Beverage companies and their employees, and the firms and employees indirectly employed by the industry, provide significant tax revenues – more than $291 million at the state level and nearly $329 million at the federal level – and contribute more than $10 million to charitable causes in communities across Kentucky.

 

 

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