Photo: Blue Agave Plant
According to the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT), Mexico saw the production of tequila rise 3.37 percent in 2010.
The agave plant, which is used to make tequila, topped the one million ton mark for only the third time in Mexico’s history.
In Mexico, thousands of farmers depend on the consumption of agave, but in 2009, that consumption dropped, and the farmers’ livelihoods were at risk.
The CRT say the “recovery” of tequila production in 2010 caused an 11.58 percent export increase from 2009. With the biggest increase seen in the purest tequila, 100-percent-agave tequila.
Blue agave plants take eight years to reach full maturity, and are the only plants used to make tequila.
In terms of consumption of tequila, after the U.S., the biggest importers of it are Germany, Spain, France, Canada, and Britain.