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Latino Daily News

Saturday July 21, 2012

Latinos More Likely to Grab Sports Drinks and Imported Beer Than White Consumers

Latinos More Likely to Grab Sports Drinks and Imported Beer Than White Consumers

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Hispanics are the fastest-growing consumer group in the US, with almost every consumer product vying for their attention and dollars. The alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage industries are no different and are benefitting from this ever expanding consumer. According to latest research from Mintel, there are many factors that weigh in to which beverages Hispanics consume.

While Hispanics over index on nearly all non-alcoholic beverages, they are most likely of any ethnic/race group to consume thirst quenchers/sports drinks, as 56% report doing so versus 38% of white consumers, 50% of Black consumers and 39% of Asians. Mintel finds that this is driven not only by the relative youth of the Hispanic market, but also the high likelihood that these consumers perform manual labor jobs, where thirst quenchers prove beneficial.

When it comes to alcoholic beverages, beer is the big winner. Hispanics drink more imported beer than any other ethnicity (34% versus 28% of total population). Meanwhile, just over a quarter (27%) of Hispanics drink tequila, the highest percentage for any ethnic group. This is not surprising since Hispanics of Mexican heritage represent 63% of the US Hispanic population but it is primarily the more acculturated Hispanic that consumes tequila.

Wine, on the other hand, is the least favorite alcoholic beverage among Hispanics, with only 23% saying they consume it versus 33% of the total population.

When it comes to marketing to this growing and diverse group, all media channels and in both languages are important. According to a Mintel report on Hispanic Media Consumption, 36% of Hispanics find TV commercials interesting and 38% arrange their schedule around TV programs.