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Mexican Tequila Production, Exports Up In 2008

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MEXICO CITY -(Dow Jones)- Mexican tequila producers had a positive year in 2008, distilling record amounts of the liquor and also exporting more, an industry group said Monday.

The Jalisco-based Tequila Regulatory Council said national production last year rose 10% to 312 million liters, with production of tequila made entirely from the blue agave plant up 20% from 2007 to 163 million liters.

Exports rose 1.7% to 137 million liters, with 100% agave tequila exports up 5% to 35 million liters, the council said.

The U.S. continues to be the biggest foreign market for tequila exports, followed by the European Union.
A record 1 million tons of agave were used last year to produce tequila, the council added.

By Anthony Harrup, Dow Jones Newswires

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