ArmInfo. In Armenia, over 11 months of 2021, the alcohol industry has increased production volumes for all alcoholic beverages produced in the country. This is evidenced by the data of the RA Statistical Committee.
In particular, 42.3 million liters brandy was produced in Armenia during the reporting period, which is 24.7% higher than a year ago.
The volume of wines produced in Armenia increased by 21.7% to 11.3 million liters. At the same time, the volume of sparkling wine (champagne) increased by 3.5% - up to 635.6 thousand liters.
Growth was also recorded in the production of vodka, liqueur and other alcoholic beverages - by 1.2% to 3.9 million liters.
During the reporting period, beer production also increased - by 21% to 26.6 million liters.
And the volume of whiskey production in Armenia increased 2-fold ona y-o-y terms, amounting to 640.3 thousand liters. It should be reminded that according to the data of the Customs Service in H1 2021, Armenia exported 1.4 million liters wines with a y-o-y growth of 56.6% (against a 30.6% decline a year earlier). At the same time, the customs value of exported wine increased by 55.7% to $ 5.1 million. Traditionally, the main export market for Armenian wine is the Russian Federation, which accounts for 59% of exports (against 69.8% in the first half of 2020), followed by 10-11% are followed by Ukraine and the USA, and the remaining volume is supplied to Kazakhstan, Italy, France, Bulgaria, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Canada, China, Israel, Greece, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Australia, UAE, Belarus, Germany, Latvia , Lebanon, Taiwan, Iceland.
Export of beer in H1 2021 increased by 72.1% (against a decline of 56.7% a year earlier), amounting to 699.4 thousand liters, with a twofold increase in customs value - up to $ 672.9 thousand. The main market for export supplies of Armenian beer is also the Russian Federation, having increased the share on a y-o-y terms from 64.6% to 74.7%, and the remaining volume fell on the USA - 8.1%, France - 5.4%, China (2.8%), Belgium - 2.7%, and much less - to Iraq, Uruguay, Georgia, Argentina, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, United Arab Emirates.
In the first half of the year, Armenia increased the export of ethyl alcohol (strength up to 80 degrees) by 22.9% to 12.2 million liters, including alcohol-containing liqueur, liqueur and other alcoholic beverages, while a year earlier there was a decline of 22.7%. At the same time, the customs value amounted to $ 95.1 million, which is 14.6% more than a year ago. The lion's share of ethyl alcohol exports falls on the Russian market with a share of 85.9%, and the remaining volume was distributed among a number of countries, including Ukraine, Belarus, Iraq, Georgia and the United States. For some unknown reason, the RA Customs Service does not publish the export indicators of brandy separately.