The value of US distilled spirits exports rose by 10.6% ($67 million) in the first half of 2017 to reach a total value of $698.5 million, figures released by the Distilled Spirits Council (DSC) reveal.
In dollar terms, the growth was led by the largest category: American whiskeys, including bourbon, Tennessee whiskey and American rye, which rose nearly $27 million to $464.6 million, up 6.1%.
Smaller categories of other American spirits showed strong increases such as brandy, up 39.4% to $43.4 million; vodka, up 51.2% to $33.6 million; and rum, up 49.5% to $18.5 million.
Among the largest gains by country were in the UK, up 39% to $64.8 million; Germany, up 33% to $55.4 million; and France, up 21.4% to $51.8 million. Brazil, Panama and Japan also posted strong growth.
Canada remains the single largest market for US spirits exports, valued at $87.6 million between January and June 2017. Mexico is the tenth largest export market, with sales totalling $18.4 million over the same period.
Speaking of the figures, DSC senior vice president for international trade Christine LoCascio said: “This clearly demonstrates the growing appeal of US-made spirits, particularly American whiskeys, in many foreign markets.
“But other traditionally smaller categories such as brandy, vodka and rum are now showing strength in many highly competitive markets.
“Around the world, adult consumers are seeking out American spirits because of their diversity of flavours and styles, mixability and authentic heritage. As in the domestic market, premiumisation is the backbone of our export strength.”
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