Serbian rakia exports nearly double in five years

Serbian rakia production rose by more than 25 pct over the past five years and exports increased by around 42 pct, according to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (PKS).

14 Jan 2020 18:13

BELGRADE - Serbian rakia production rose by more than 25 pct over the past five years and exports increased by around 42 pct, according to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (PKS).

Besides the slivovitz - which is also marketed in the US and remains Serbia's most widespread and most popular fruit brandy - production of quince, pear, apricot and raspberry rakia has been on an increase over the past years, the PKS told Tanjug.

According to the national statistical office RZS, the top five importers of Serbian rakia are Montenegro with a 19.3 pct share, the US (14.5 pct), Croatia (13.5 pct), Germany (11.6 pct) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (10.1 pct), with all other countries accounting for 31 pct of the total rakia exported.

In terms of value, the EU was the top export destination for Serbian rakia in 2018, having imported 2.1 mln euros' worth of the beverage.

CEFTA member states followed with 1.7 mln euros and all other countries also accounted for 1.7 mln euros of the total.

According to figures from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Serbia has around 530 registered producers of strong alcoholic beverages.

Ivan Bogdanovic, the owner of an Uzice, western Serbia-based distillery, told Tanjug 60 pct of the total annual fruit brandy production went to exports.

Photo: Tanjug/E. Tahirovic, file

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