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Supplies of Blue Agave Tighten Due to Increasing Demand for Tequila

LADB Article ID: 80543
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2018-03-07
By: Carlos Navarro

Soaring demand for tequila around the globe has begun to deplete supplies of the special agave cactus used to manufacture the popular Mexican spirit. According to the tequila industry regulator (Consejo Regulador del Tequila, CRT), demand for tequila has been on a steady increase since 2009, putting pressure on supplies of the Azul Tequilana Weber cactus. Under Mexican norms (Norma Oficial Mexicana, NOM), this is the only variety of agave allowed in the distillation of tequila. According to the CRT, tequila exports increased by slightly more than 7% in 2017, with about 213 million liters of the spirt sent to foreign markets out of the 271 million liters that Mexico produced during the year. The strong demand for tequila globally has created supply problems for producers of the Azul Tequilana Weber variety of agave. The optimum period for agave plants to be ready for use in the distillation of tequila is seven to eight years. According to the CRT, 17.7 million Azul Tequilana Weber plants were seeded in 2011, to be used for tequila production in 2018. That was a little more than twice as many as the previous year. However, the total is less than half of the 42 million plants that have been required in recent years to supply 140 registered companies, according to statistics from the CRT and the tequila industry chamber (Cámara Nacional de la Industria Tequilera, CNIT).

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