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Wine, spirits volumes rise, beer falls except for high strength

26th February 2021 By Staff Reporter | news@foodticker.co.nz | @foodtickernz

The total volume of wine available for consumption in New Zealand in 2020 rose to nearly 113 million litres, up 4.3% on 2019, says Stats NZ.

Of the wine available for consumption, 75% was produced in New Zealand and 25% was imported.

Stats NZ’s international trade manager, Alasdair Allen, said last year’s record result was in contrast to falls in each of the previous two years and surpassed the previous high of 2017.

The volume of wine made from grapes rose 4.9% to 94 million litres, following falls of 2.7% in 2019, and 2.6% in 2018.

The volume of wine made from other fruit and vegetables, mostly cider, rose for the sixth year in a row, up 1.6% in 2020 to nearly 19 million litres.

The total volume of spirits, including spirit-based drinks, available for consumption rose 5.2% to 89 million litres.

However, the total volume of beer available fell 1.7% to 293 million litres in 2020. That followed rises of 1.6% in 2019, and 1.4% in 2018.

“The volume of beer available was down across most of the alcoholic content categories, with the exception of high-strength beer,” Allen said.

The volume of high-strength beer, above 5% alcohol, increased 16% on a year earlier to 45 million litres, and followed rises in each of the previous six years.

The volume of high-strength beer was now over five times the volume in 2010, and comprised more than 15% of the total volume of beer available in New Zealand.

Stats NZ said the total volume of alcoholic drinks available was little changed in 2020, up 0.8%, following a rise of 1.7% in 2019.

“In 2010, an adult would have had, on average, about 800 standard drinks available to consume in a year,” Allen said. 

“In 2020, that is down to about 720 a year.”

 

 


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