Which Country Exports the Most Spirits, Liqueurs and Other Spirituous Beverages in the World?

Distilling, rectifying and blending of spirits May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Global spirit and liqueur exports stood at 4.5M tonnes in 2016, coming up by 4% against the previous year figure. Overall, it indicated a noticeable increase from 2007 to 2016: the total exports volume increased at an average annual rate of +3.4% over the last nine years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2011, an increase of 21% from the previous year level. Global spirit and liqueur export peaked of 5.1M tonnes in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

In value terms, spirit and liqueur exports stood at $28B in 2016. The total export value increased at an average annual rate of +2.7% from 2007 to 2016; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. Over the period under review, global spirit and liqueur exports attained its maximum level of $31B in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Spirit And Liqueur Exporting Countries in the World

1. United Kingdom (7.0 billion USD)

2. France (4.6 billion USD)

3. USA (1.8 billion USD)

4. Germany (1.5 billion USD)

5. Mexico (1.3 billion USD)

6. Ireland (0.9 billion USD)

7. Netherlands (0.8 billion USD)

8. Italy (0.7 billion USD)

9. Spain (0.7 billion USD)

10. Sweden (0.5 billion USD)

11. Canada (0.4 billion USD)

12. Russia (0.1 billion USD)

Spirit And Liqueur Exports By Country

In 2016, the UK (1.1M tonnes), distantly followed by the U.S. (430K tonnes), France (397K tonnes), Germany (242K tonnes), Mexico (208K tonnes), and Italy (206K tonnes) were the main exporters of spirit and liqueur, together making up 56% of total exports. The following exporters - the Netherlands (175K tonnes), Canada (152K tonnes), Ireland (150K tonnes), Spain (145K tonnes), Sweden (101K tonnes), and Russia (98K tonnes) together made up 18% of total exports.

Exports from the UK increased at an average annual rate of +1.7% from 2007 to 2016. At the same time, the Netherlands (+14.1%), the U.S. (+13.2%), France (+9.9%), Italy (+7.8%), Spain (+5.5%), Mexico (+5.3%), Germany (+3.6%), Canada (+3.3%), and Ireland (+1.8%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, the Netherlands emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +14.1% from 2007-2016. Russia, and Sweden experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. Mexico (-1.7%), Italy (-2.2%), the Netherlands (-2.7%), the UK (-3.3%), France (-5.0%), and the U.S. (-6.4%) significantly weakened its position in terms of the global exports, while the shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, the UK ($7B), France ($4.6B) and the U.S. ($1.8B) constituted the countries with the highest levels of exports in 2016, with a combined 49% share of global exports. These countries were followed by Germany, Mexico, Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Canada and Russia, which together accounted for a further 25%.

Mexico (+5.6% per year) recorded the highest growth rate of spirit and liqueur exports, among the main exporting countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Spirit And Liqueur Export Prices By Country

The average spirit and liqueur export price stood at $6,106 per tonne in 2016, going down by -4.3% against the previous year. Overall, spirit and liqueur export price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2014, when it surged by 14% year-to-year. In that year, average spirit and liqueur export price reached its maximum level of $6,997 per tonne. From 2015 to 2016, growth of average spirit and liqueur export price stood at a somewhat lower level.

Export prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest export prices was France ($12 per kg), while Russia ($1,332 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of spirit and liqueur export prices was attained by Mexico (+0.3% per year), while the other global leaders experienced a decline in the export price figures.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 2208 - Ethyl alcohol, undenatured; of an alcoholic strength by volume of less than 80% volume; spirits, liqueurs and other spirituous beverages.

Source: World: Spirits, Liqueurs And Other Spirituous Beverages - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025