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Hold That Margarita! We Might Be Facing a Global Tequila Shortage

Tequila prices rise due to Agave shortage

Put down that Margarita! This might be a bitter cocktail to swallow.

Say It Ain't So! Global Tequila Shortage On Horizon

The next time you go out for margaritas, be prepared to dole out a lot more for your favorite Mexican Spirit. The Cause? The global rise in demand for pure Tequila is causing a shortage of the agave plant.

As drinkers around the world were growing a taste for pure tequila, trouble was brewing on the horizon for tequila producers in Mexico.

Agave tequilana [also known as blue agave], a main ingredient of tequila, takes 7 to 8 years to mature. With only a small portion of the 2011 crop ready for harvest, producers have been left with a huge deficit.

Industry leaders say 42 million plants are needed to meet demand, and some growers are turning to harvest younger plants to make up for the limited supply. But these young plants cannot produce as much tequila as their fully matured counterparts.

The shortage has many producers worried. Agave prices have risen six-fold in the last two years, making it near impossible to compete with other spirits. Salvador Rosales, manager of smaller producer Tequila Cascahuin, told Reuters that “a lot of companies will disappear [if this continues].”

But tequila isn’t the only thing to blame for this shortage. Rise in demand for other agave-derived products, such as agave syrup and inulin supplements, are influencing the agave supply as well.

Shortages are predicted to continue through 2021, while producers improve planting strategies and plants bear fruit.

With the United States being a mass consumer of pure & blended tequilas, tequila lovers may want to stock up on their favorite brands now.



Kellie, head blogger at Brio Smart Life

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The Future of Gin is Safe: Seed Bank to Conserve Juniper

Plant conservationists add juniper to the Millennium Seed Bank

The future of Gin is safe thanks to conservation work being done by the UK National Tree Seed Project.

The Future of Gin is safe thanks to Juniper conservation

In a world faced with climate changes and disease, the survival of some of our favorite plants used in alcohol production are at risk. But thanks to the work of the plant conservationists at the UK National Tree Seed Project, we won’t have to worry about the future of Gin.

The UK National Tree Seed Project announced that it has collected and preserved the seeds of juniper plants from across the UK. These seeds will be stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, the world’s largest global plant life preservation complex, located in Wakehurst, Sussex.

The Millennium Seed Bank aims to protect plants to prevent their extinction when their native habitats are at risk. In the case of juniper, a deadly fungus, called phytophthora austrocedri, has been damaging the juniper plants in various parts of Scotland.

Juniper is one of the main ingredients of gin, which has been growing in popularity over the last decade. While gins like New Wave gins put less emphasis on juniper and more on other botanical flavors, the spirit must contain juniper in order to be considered a gin.

Although juniper is not currently under threat of extinction, Project Officer, Simon Kallow, called the project’s measure to preserve juniper seeds as “a type of insurance policy”, which would also enable people to conduct research and conservation work related to juniper.

If kept under the proper conditions, seeds can be kept alive for hundreds of years. Since it began in 2013, the project has preserved 5.8 million seeds from 6,500 trees in the UK. The group plans to continue collecting and preserving the seeds until 2018.

So gin lovers, raise a glass knowing your favorite spirit can be enjoyed for years to come thanks to the UK National Tree Seed Project.



Kellie, head blogger at Brio Smart Life

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Kellie – Head of Content Creation

Creative Director | Web Designer | Blogger | Sake Enthusiast | Resident Ginger