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Alcoholic Beverages Market in Central America

Between January and September 2016 Central American countries together imported $203 million worth of alcoholic beverages, 6% more than in the same period last year.

 Data from a report entitled 'Alcoholic Beverages Market in Central America', presented by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData: [Figure caption = "Click to interact with graphics"]

Imports 
In the first nine months of 2016 Central American countries as a whole imported alcoholic beverages worth $203 million, the largest buying country was Panama with $51 million, followed by Guatemala with $50 million and Costa Rica with $47 million.

Exports 
In the first three quarters of 2016 Central American countries as a whole exported alcoholic drinks worth $70 million, with the main selling country being Costa Rica with $18 million, followed by Guatemala with $17 million and Panama with $12 million. 

Variation of regional flow
Imports in the first nine months of the year compared to the same period previously grew from 2013 to 2016. Exports recorded no significant changes.

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/product/inteligenciaComercialReporte/6559504

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Production of Alcoholic Beverages up to May 2018

In the first five months of 2018, production of alcoholic beverages in Panama amounted to 128.7 million liters, 0.4% less than was registered in the same period in 2017.

Friday, July 6, 2018

According to the most recent figures from the Comptroller General of the Republic, production of alcoholic beverages in general remained almost unchanged, decreasing from 129.2 million liters in the first five months in 2017, to 128.7 million liters in the same period in 2018. 

See: "Alcoholic beverage market in Central America"

From January to May 2018, Gin was the spirit that recorded the largest increase in its production compared to the same period in 2017, rising from 781,000 liters to one million liters, equivalent to growth of 30%. 

For the periods in question, beer production decreased by 1%, falling from 124.3 million liters in 2017 to 123.7 million liters in 2018. 

See complete statistics. (In Spanish)

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Production_of_Alcoholic_Beverages_up_to_May_2018

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Alcohol Consumption in Central America

Panama is the country where the highest proportion of beer consumption was reported with respect to total alcohol consumed, with 77%, followed by Costa Rica and Guatemala, with 64% and 56%, respectively.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2018, published by the World Health Organization (WHO), details statistics up to 2016 on consumption of alcoholic beverages in different countries.

According to the report, consumption of distilled beverages in Central American countries, which include rum, whiskey, vodka, brandy, cognac and some digestives, account for 59% of the total alcohol consumed in Nicaragua. In Honduras, the proportion was 52%, in El Salvador 51%, in Guatemala 42%, in Costa Rica 28% and in Panama 19%. 

See "Alcoholic beverages: Imports Up 3% in 2017"

In regards to beer consumption, the document details that in Panama this accounts for 77% of the total demand for alcohol, in Costa Rica the percentage reaches 64%, in Guatemala 56%, in El Salvador 48%, in Honduras 47% and in Nicaragua 40%

See also "Beer in Central America: Imports Grow"

The report highlights that in Costa Rica 7% of alcoholic beverages consumed are wines, in Panama the proportion for this drink is 4%, in Guatemala 2%, and in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras it is 1%. 

Summary table of the percentages for the distribution of alcohol consumption by type in the Central American countries, in 2016.

  Destilled Beverages Beer
Costa Rica 28% 64% 7%
El Salvador 51% 48% 1%
Guatemala 42% 56% 1%
Honduras 52% 47% 1%
Nicaragua 59% 40% 1%
Panama 19% 77% 4%



 

See Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2018.

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Alcohol_Consumption_in_Central_America

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Alcoholic Beverages: Import up 23%

From January to September 2018, Central American companies imported $269 million in alcoholic beverages, 23% more than in the same period in 2017, mainly because of purchases from Mexico.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Data from the Trade Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData:

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Guatemalan Companies, Main Buyers
From January to September 2018, the main buyer of alcoholic beverages in Central America continued to be Guatemala, with $68 million, followed by Panama, with $65 million, Costa Rica, with $53 million, Honduras, with $45 million, El Salvador, with $29 million and Nicaragua, with $7 million.

Regional business upwards
Between the first nine months of 2017 and the same period in 2018, the value imported into the region increased 23%, from $218 million to $269 million.

For the periods concerned, imports from Mexico increased 42%, while purchases from U.S. companies increased from $48 million to $68 million.

Main suppliers
From January to September last year, 25% of the value imported into the region was from Mexico, 20% from the U.S., 8% from the United Kingdom and 6% from Chile.

Mexico is the market origin of imports that has grown the most for the months concerned in the last six years, since in 2013 represented 11% of total regional purchases and in 2018 reached 25%.

 

https://www.centralamericadata.com/en/article/main/Alcoholic_Beverages_Import_up_23

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