Beer, Spirits, & Wine – Packaged Imports Continue Growth, But Recent Trends Decelerating

Posted on September 6th, 2016 |

On Friday, September 2nd, import and export data for beverage alcohol was made available through July 2016. Top line results are as follows:

Beer:

Imported beer increased +7.6% by volume and +10.0% by value over the last twelve months. Over the last three months imports are up +7.5% by volume and up +7.6% by value. 65.3% of imports by volume come from Mexico.

Exported beer increased +17.2% by volume and +10.4% by value over the last twelve months. The last three months have seen some softness with declines of -1.6% by volume and -6.0% by value. 39.4% of exported beer goes to Mexico.  

Overall beer imports by volume are 6.6 times the size of beer exports.

Spirits:

Imported packaged spirits for the last twelve months are up +4.0% by volume and +3.4% by value.  Volume trends have softened over the past three months, up only +0.3%, but value has strengthened +5.0%.  Imported bulk spirits are not as healthy.  Over the past twelve months, volume is down -3.5% and value is down -6.1%.  These trends have declined further over the past three months with volume down -9.8% and value down -19.8%.  Tequila represents 13.8% of all imported packaged spirits while whiskeys (from all sources) represent 31.1% of all imported bulk spirits.

Exported packaged spirits for the past twelve months are down -1.8% by volume and -6.1% by value.  Volume trends have worsened over the past three months with volume down -5.4% and value -13.3%.  Exported bulk spirits for the last twelve months are up +10.8% by volume but only +1.6% by value.  Over the past three months volume trends have accelerated, up +14.3%, but value has declined, down -10.8%.  The United Kingdom represents 11.1% of all exported packaged spirits while 24.0% of all exported bulk spirits is destined for Canada.

Wine:

Imported packaged wine is up +4.4% by volume and +2.9% by value over the past twelve months. This growth has decelerated over the past three months with volume down -3.0% and value -2.8%. Imported bulk wines for the last twelve months are down -1.4% by volume but up +0.4% by value.  This too has significantly decelerated over the past three months with volume down -9.5% and value -11.9%.  Imported packaged wine from Italy represents 35% of all packaged imports by volume while imported bulk wine from Chile represent 32.5% of all bulk imports by volume.

Exported packaged wine for the last twelve months is down -10.4% by volume and -3.3% by value.  Over the past three months trends have decelerated with volume down -27.6% but value only down -1.9%.  Exported bulk wine for the past twelve months is down -4.2% by volume and -7.4% by value.  These trends have also decelerated over the past three months with volume down -10.3% and value -11.2%.  Canada represents 31.5% of all exported packaged wine and the United Kingdom represents 38.1% of all exported bulk wine.

To be able to track Beverage Alcohol imports and exports on a monthly basis for volume, value in USD, and value in local currency for all major trading countries, please see the bw166 Import and Export reports for Beer, Spirits, and Wine.