BAKU, Azerbaijan, Mar. 16
By Ilkin Seyfaddini – Trend:
Production of strong alcoholic beverages in Uzbekistan fell by 15.3 percent to 51.9 million liters in volume (in 2019, compared to 2018) and by 10.8 percent to 1.5 trillion soum ($157.2 million) in value taking into account the devaluation of the national currency, Trend reports via Uzbek media.
In particular, production of vodka in volume decreased by 15.5 percent to 50.9 million liters, in value by 2.1 percent to 1.47 trillion soum ($154.1 million), cognac - almost remained at last year's level of 976,500 liters and grew by 26.3 percent to 70.5 billion soum ($7.3 million), in 2019 compared to 2018.
At present, about 50 enterprises are engaged in production of alcohol products in Uzbekistan. The largest of them, Tashkent Wine Factory JSC, was established in 1867. It includes four plants with a total capacity of 7.8 million decalitres of 35 wine grades, 16 of cognac and 107 of vodka.
In addition, the plant owns a distillation alcohol plant with a capacity of two million decalitres per year, a glass plant with a capacity of 200 million bottles per year, 4,000 hectares of vineyards and orchards, as well as points of primary processing of grapes with a capacity of 35,000 tons per year.
Moreover, the production of natural grape wine in Uzbekistan decreased in volume by 14.8 percent to 20.1 million liters, in 2019 compared to 2018, and in value, taking into account the devaluation of the national currency - by 12 percent to 146.4 billion soum ($15.3 million).
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