Hoewel Cinco de Mayo – Cinco de mayo betreft 5 mei 1862, de dag waarop Mexico een Frans leger versloeg in de Slag bij Puebla – in Mexico geen big deal is, is het een vrij populaire aangelegenheid in de Verenigde Staten geworden. Door dit feest wordt de groei van tequila, mezcal en Mexicaans bier in de VS bevorderd. Volgens onderzoek van IWSR Drinks Market Analysis is het verbruik van op agave gebaseerde sterke dranken in de Verenigde Staten vorig jaar met ongeveer 9% gestegen, en brachten de acht toonaangevende merken Mexicaans bier een gecombineerde groei van meer dan 10% over de afgelopen vijf jaar. En aangezien 5 mei dit jaar tijdens een weekend valt, zal dat alleen maar bijdragen aan deze opwaartse trend.
Lees het Engelstalige persbericht van ISWR:
Though Cinco de Mayo is not generally recognized in Mexico as a major holiday, it’s become quite a popular occasion in the U.S., helping drive the growth of tequila, mezcal and Mexican beer. According to research from IWSR Drinks Market Analysis, the leading source of data and intelligence on the alcoholic beverage market, consumption of agave-based spirits was up about 9% in the U.S. last year, and the leading eight brands of Mexican beer posted a combined CAGR of more than 10% over the past five years. And as May 5 falls during a weekend this year, that will only help fuel this upward trend.
The U.S. is the top market in the world for tequila, and agave-based spirits are one of the fastest-growing drinks categories in the country. Mezcal consumption in the U.S. was up 32.4% last year, posting the largest gain among all spirits (albeit up from a relatively small base, to 261,000 nine-liter cases in 2018). Tequila was up 8.5%. Collectively, the agave-based spirits category is forecasted to grow by 4% CAGR through 2022, which places it within close striking distance to soon overtake rum volume in the U.S.
The picture is similar with Mexican imported beer, which outperformed all other segments within the beer industry in 2018. The top eight Mexican beer brands collectively added 11.3m hectoliters to the beer market last year and are quickly gaining on their domestic competitors.
“Beer brands such as Modelo and Corona have shown impressive growth over the past several years, and are quickly gaining on their domestic competitors. And of course, the margarita – always a favorite on Cinco de Mayo – has long dominated as one of the most popular cocktails in America,” says Brandy Rand, U.S. president of IWSR Drinks Market Analysis.
Globally, tequila is forecasted to grow 2.5% CAGR from 2018 to 2022. In addition to the U.S., the largest gains are expected in Australia, China, the UK, Russia, and the U.S.
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