Watch Out, America: China to Be Second-Largest Importer of Tequila by 2018

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You hear all that buzz about China taking over the world? About it becoming the largest economy on Earth, about it taking over all our industries slowly but surely, about every corporation on Earth rushing to the Middle Kingdom to tap into its billion-plus population? It's happening to tequila, too: earlier this fall, Mexico's tequila producers shipped over their first boatload of premium tequila to the Chinese. And the drink is already so popular that representatives with the Tequila Regulatory Council are already stating China will be the second-largest importer of tequila by five years.

The story is already making waves in Mexico, with many Mexicans angry at China for already making illegal tequila by growing agaves and distilling the results. What's most interesting for me, though, is how dependent the tequila industry is on exports: of the 254 million liters produced last year, 165 million of it left Mexico--almost 65 percent. Man, that's going to leave none for us Mexis right now?

The current #2 importer, by the way? Germany. Um, okay...

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Victor Valdivia
Victor Valdivia

This looks so good ,I wouldn't mind having a couple of shots of tequila myself with this cold ass weather.

blipton
blipton

So how exactly are the Chinese making 'illegal tequilla'?  I can (MAYBE) see that using the name 'tequila', like using the name champagne, could be misleading since it doesn't come from that region..

But is that the case?  Or regardless of the name, mexicans are upset over China making a spirit from the same cactus and potentially making it better and/or less expensive?



Maurizio Larranaga
Maurizio Larranaga

weren't all but a few tequila factories bought off by us conglomerates a few years ago?

Aldo Flores
Aldo Flores

Chinese want to replicate everything!

FloodOfBlood
FloodOfBlood

We saw what happened when China started consuming Ikura (salmon egg).  Soon, good tequilas' price will go much higher.

Bill Umphres
Bill Umphres

Nobody, including the Chinese can raise agave Azul like Mexico can. I will stick to my Patron and el Porfidio .

Luis Felipe Hernandez
Luis Felipe Hernandez

Title should say " careful Mexicans, Chinese are going to be top producers of tequila in 2018". It is no secret that China is number one when it comes to counterfeiting.

Jose Bermudez
Jose Bermudez

Gabriel, that has ZERO to do with exporting goods. You're talking about manufacturing jobs going to China. Nothing about the article is about manufacturers going to China. And none of it has to do with actual Chinese brand names which are still practically non-existent in the U.S. market. No tequila company is sending jobs to China so I fail to see the correlation.

Will Webb
Will Webb

good thing is that Mexico only sells the shitty stuff to them...

Alvaro Aguirre
Alvaro Aguirre

Good! Maybe the Mexicans will swim across the Pacific Ocean to follow it!

Manny Gonzalez-Reyna
Manny Gonzalez-Reyna

hahahaha paparrin pa que te cuento! te cenaste a la chinita ca'on! saludos! (y)

Daniel Ortega
Daniel Ortega

China as importer, not exporter. The Chinese are consuming more alcohol as their economy balloons. I remember being at a bar in Shanghai and they had so many varities of Tequila bottles. Kept it simple with a 3 Generaciones. y una chinita that night.

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

they're closing in on us! quick, loyal 'Murcans! grab another glass!!

Andy Au
Andy Au

I have not seen any Tequila made from China

Jose Bermudez
Jose Bermudez

Also peopkle worried about a Chinese export eventually coming out need to ask themselves how many Chinese Cars made it out of China to the U.S., how many name brand products from China are even being sold here. All you can find are cheap knockoffs you're more likely to find in a tianguis or swap-meet than in any good store. There are hardly any brand names of Chinese liquor except for a handful of beers like Xing tao and Panda beer I can name.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

China is IMPORTING, not exporting.

Jose Bermudez
Jose Bermudez

People in here are getting mad because suddenly a nation of billions is interested in buying something that HELPS Mexican distillers? And that sidenote inthe article about the illegal manufacture won't affect a thing, no one outside of China will buy it. Maybe someone looking for a cheap buzz.

Sandy McCarthy Casserly
Sandy McCarthy Casserly

It won't really be tequila, it will have a "fabricated taste" added to some funky alcohol. Just like the wine they export.

Gabriel Tenorio
Gabriel Tenorio

Thinks peeps gotta read. Importer of tequila. Not producer or exporter.

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

Mexico needs to then sue them in internatinal court and stop them

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

It is by international they are not allowed ro make it but you know them chinos

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

Thats how they start out but then they will start bootleging it with gas

Frank Acosta
Frank Acosta

Freaking Chinos, they literally get into everything!!

AbelyLila Martinez
AbelyLila Martinez

Los chinos want to copy everything! Les voy a dejar un pinche burro con la personalidad bien parada para que lo imiten tambien . Copy that cabrones!

Jesus Olvera
Jesus Olvera

Apparently many of your readers don't know the difference between an importer and an exporter or the idea behind such silly things as "denominación de origen"

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