Sales of mead exceed growth rates for beer, wine and spirits

Shaun Weston16 Apr 2014

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A recent industry survey reveals that mead sales increased 130% from 2012 to 2013, exceeding growth rates for beer, wine, distilled spirits and hard cider.

Mead is an alcoholic drink made from honey.

The numbers were released from the annual survey of American Mead Makers Association (AMMA) members. The trade organisation represents the US mead industry.

The number of domestic meaderies has grown from 60 just three years ago to 194, accounting for 2.5% of American wineries. Mead is popping up on restaurant wine lists, store shelves and bar taps across the country.