X5 displaced Luding Group from the position of the largest importer of alcohol in Russia (November 7, 2022)

Retailer X5 Group acquired the status of Russia’s largest importer of alcoholic beverages.

The volume of all alcohol imported into the Russian Federation by the retailer for nine months exceeded 24 million liters.

According to Kommersant, for the period from January to September 2022, the company that manages, in particular, the retail chains Pyaterochka and Perekrestok, increased wine imports by 31% year-on-year, to 21.6 million liters. The volume of all alcohol imported into the Russian Federation by the retailer exceeded 24 million liters.

Thus, Luding Group, whose wine imports grew by 13% and amounted to 20.3 million liters, was on the second line in the list of the largest importers of alcoholic beverages in Russia. Bacardi (a Martini brand) saw a 38% increase in wine imports to 15.5 million liters.

The total volume of wine imported into Russia from January to September decreased by 5%, to 260.5 million liters. The indicator for the import of strong alcohol decreased by almost 40% year-on-year, amounting to 38.9 million liters.

In X5, the growth in supplies is associated with the expansion of the range and geography of imports, including from Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkey, the newspaper writes. It is noted that the group has expanded the range of imported goods under its own brands.

Other importers of alcohol in the Russian Federation also talk about expanding the range, and also note an active growth in demand. The Luding Group reports a steady supply of wines from the Old World and an increase in imports from the New World. In particular, the group increased deliveries from Spain and Chile, as well as from Georgia by 1.5 times. Bacardi points to a stable growth in demand for wine and plans to import about 23.7 million liters of sparkling wines and vermouth by the end of the year.

The Beluga Group reports a 10% increase in wine imports in terms of money and 5% in liters in three quarters; the company plans to end this year with a double-digit import growth. In nine months, the group increased wine imports by 18%, mainly due to a twofold increase in the supply of sparkling wines from Italy. Fort wine trader was able to ramp up early and mid-year inventories to prepare for the high season by importing wines from Argentina, Georgia, Italy and Spain, where payments and logistics were quickly restored.

Earlier, Expert wrote that the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation turned on alcoholic beverages to the list of goods allowed for parallel import.

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