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Tequila and Mezcal Trends

Tequila producers are increasing production volumes to meet the rise in demand. In the past three years, tequila has acquired second place as the fastest growing spirits category, growing at a rate of 9 percent year-on-year, reported by the IWSR. According to the National Tequila Regulatory Chamber(CNIT), tequila exports are on an upward trend with record levels in 2018 for the ninth year in a row. The CNIT reported that 309.1 litres of Tequila were produced in 2018, increasing by 13.9 percent from 2017, making it the second highest volume ever recorded. Experts claim that global tequila trends are driven by the premium-plus and luxury segments. Source: The Drinks Business July...

Rose Sales Continue to Impress in 2019

Rosé sales remain strong and popularity is still on the rise. In the first half of 2019, rosé made up about 9 percent of total wine sales, compared to 8 percent in 2018 and 7 percent in 2017, according to a report by Drizly. The canned wine trend has seen growth within the rosé category as its popularity in the summer time calls for portable drinks. While canned wine only makes up 1 percent share of total wine sales, it accounts for a 2 percent share of total rosé sales. Data from the 52 weeks from June 2018 to June 2019 reveals that rosé was up 27 percent. Source: Refinery 29 July...

NBTV Channels introduces the Spirits Network

NBTV Channels has launched the Spirits Network with a spirits-focused platform that features content to connect drinkers with retailers. Spirits enthusiasts will have the ability to learn and discover through the original content and its curated product selection among different spirits categories. NBTV chairman and CEO aims to create “a new kind of network without interruptive commercials that bring product experiences directly to consumers.” The network will feature original content that will include tastings and documentaries. Viewers will also be given the option to purchase rare and exclusive products through ‘quick buy’ services and monthly subscription boxes that include different spirits. Source: The Spirits Business July...

U.S. Wine Sales in 2019

According to Nielsen data, total wine sales were up nearly 2 percent for the first half of this year while volumes were down by about 1.1 percent. Oregon table wine sales increased by nearly 15 percent and volumes increased by 13.5 percent in the first half of this year. Nielsen reported that domestic sales are surpassing imports as domestic wine sales are up by 1.5 percent. Rose blends have remained on top among varietals as reports show that sales and volumes were up by 22 percent. The canned wine category reported strong growth with sales up 91 percent and volumes up 72 percent. Source: Wine & Spirit Daily July ...

Smaller Emerging Markets Will Fuel The Global Beer Category

IWSR Drinks Market Analysis Research predicts that global beer consumption will bounce back, particularly in smaller emerging markets. The Global Database reports that the category is expected to grow nearly 1.9 billion hectoliters by 2023, (with a compound annual growth rate of 0.7 percent 2018 to 2023). The global retail value of beer is expected to increase 5 percent by 2023, surpassing $455 billion. The category is gaining strength with the popularity of craft beers and low/non-alcohol beer. The volume of global craft beer is likely to grow to 52.2 hectoliters by 2023, (with a compound annual growth rate of 4.5 percent 2018 to 2023). Source: IWSR July ...

TTB Proposes Rule Changes that Could Affect Canned Wine Production

The TTB has proposed rule changes that would affect the requirements and standard of fill sizes for wine and spirits. Canned wines would benefit from some rule changes that would remove all wine container sizes except for a 50 ml minimum. The current requirement states that canned wines must be in 12.6 oz containers instead of the typical 12 oz cans that are used for sodas and beer. A notice from the TTB claims that they aim to “eliminate unnecessary regulatory requirements and provide consumers broader purchasing options”. The proposed rule changes will also benefit wineries as it will speed up the process of production and eliminate the need to make custom orders for appropriate sized cans. Source: Wine & Spirits...