Alcohol market in Russia - Statistics & Facts

Published by A. Melkadze, Jul 12, 2019
The Russian alcohol industry remains one of the leading sectors of the country’s economy even after a significant drop in consumption during recent years. With about 10 billion liters of alcohol on the market in 2017, it is not only one of the major segments of the Russian food industry, but also serves as a significant income source to the national budget. In 2018 alone, revenues from excises on alcoholic beverages amounted to 320.1 billion Russian rubles.

At present, beer is the most preferred alcoholic drink in Russia - stemming from the continuous growth of beer consumption rates across the country. In 2017, the average volume of beer intake amounted to 57.3 liters per capita. Accordingly, beer sales and production are the largest in volume relative to other types of alcoholic beverages on the Russian alcohol market. In terms of retail trade turnover, sales of vodka and beer generated roughly 40 percent of total revenues in 2016, each.

When looking at trade, wine is the most imported alcoholic beverage to Russia, with about 500 million liters and an average import price of 7.6 U.S. dollars per liter in 2017. Italy, Spain, and France were the main sources of wine imports to Russia as of January 2019. As for exports, vodka is the most exported alcoholic drink from the country after beer. In the first quarter of 2019, the UK already imported about two million U.S. dollars worth of Russian vodka. Major importers of beer from Russia, however, are Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine.

Elevated consumer prices along with the anti-alcohol measures implemented by the Russian government led to lower consumption rates and more awareness in society. After a steady decrease since 2005, the alcohol-related mortality rate was less than 15 individuals per every 100,000 by 2017.

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