Beer, Spirits, & Wine – Packaged Imports Continue Growth, But Recent Trends Decelerating
On Friday, September 2nd, import and export data for beverage alcohol was made available through July 2016. Top line results are as follows:
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.
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.
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.