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The Brewers Association, the trade group for independent brewing companies in the U.S., has released a report on employee diversity in the craft beer sector for the first time. Compared to the traditional image of the industry as being dominated by white bearded men, there has been a slight improvement in diversity with 37% of sales and marketing positions being filled by women. According to the report, 96% of breweries are still owned by men.

When it comes to ethnic diversity, 88% of brewery owners are white. In non-production positions, only 3.5% are black and 7% are Hispanic.

The issue of diversity is relatively new for this industry. It was only in April 2018 that the association create a Diversity Committee and appointed its first diversity ambassador. The association’s craft beer program director Julia Herz hopes that the report will encourage craft brewers to invest and work to improve their diversity and inclusion practices.

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