Tequila exports on the rise in 2017 for eighth year in a row
In 2017, Mexico’s tequila exports totaled 211 million liters to more than 120 countries, which represented a growth of 7.1% over the previous year. It was the eighth year of consecutive increases in exports, informed the Tequila Regulatory Council.
The organization detailed that the top 10 ranking of tequila destination countries continues to be led by the United States, with 81% (171.9 million liters), and noted that Latvia and Singapore joined the list in 2017.
The agency specified that 59.7% (126 million liters) of the exported tequila was of domestic packaging and the rest in bulk (85 million liters).
By category, exports of 100% agave tequila totaled 100 million liters, an increase of almost 13% compared to 2016, when 88.5 million liters were shipped. Meanwhile, the remaining 111 million liters were regular tequila.
In a statement, the Tequila Regulatory Council noted that in 2017 it reached a production of 271 million liters of tequila, amount that came from the 152 certified companies, and noted that in Mexico there are 1,684 certified brands.