Global Tequila Shortage

Tequila

Tequila

The world is facing a tequila shortage.  The heartland of the tequila industry, Mexico's western state  of Jalisco, is facing a shortage of agave plants.  The increasing demand for the liquor from New York to Tokyo is worrying  many producers.  Over the past two years, the price of the of Agave  tequilana which is the blue-tinged, spikey-leaved succulent used to make  the alcoholic drink, has risen six-fold.  Some producers are being  forced to use younger plants to compensate for the shortage of the fully  grown agave, which take about seven years to mature.  The younger  plants produce less tequila, which means more plants have to be pulled  up from an already limited supply. 

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