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Seven Indian drinks among world's best-selling alcohol brands

November 21, 2013 10:30 IST

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There was a time when American and British liquor brands used to rule the world, but no more. Asian companies, including Indian ones, are now some of the biggest sellers of alcohol.

Let's take a look at world's best-selling spirits.

Source: drinksint.com

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Jinro

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 65.3 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 61.4 million cases

Change in percentage: 6 per cent

Category of the drink: Soju

Owner of the brand: Hite-Jinro

Overall rank in cases: 1

Jinro is produced by Hite-Jinro, a South Korean company founded in 1924. Jinro, which is consumed neat, is usually made from rice, wheat and barley.

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Emperador

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 31.0 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 20.1 million cases

Change in percentage: 54 per cent

Category of the drink: Brandy

Owner of the brand: Alliance Global Group

Overall rank in cases: 2

Emperador is produced by Alliance Global Group, a Philippines-based company. Emperador has been the world's top brandy brand for many years.

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Smirnoff

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 25.8 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 24.7 million cases

Change in percentage: 4 per cent

Category of the drink: Vodka

Owner of the brand: Diageo

Overall rank in cases: 3

Smirnoff is produced by Diageo, a London-based company. Smirnoff has been the world's top vodka brand for many years.

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Lotte Liquor

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 25.4 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 23.9 million cases

Change in percentage: 6 per cent

Category of the drink: Soju

Owner of the brand: Lotte Liquor BG

Overall rank in cases: 4

Lotte Liquor is produced by Lotte Liquor BG, a South Korean-based company. Lotte Liquor is a famous soju drink.

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Ginebra San Miguel

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 23.8 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 20.0 million cases

Change in percentage: 19 per cent

Category of the drink: Gin

Owner of the brand: Ginebra San Miguel

Overall rank in cases: 5

Ginebra San Miguel is produced by Ginebra San Miguel, a Philippines-based company. Ginebra San Miguel, which was first introduced in 1834, is the best-selling gin in the world.

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Bacardi

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 19.8 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 19.6 million cases

Change in percentage: 1 per cent

Category of the drink: Rum

Owner of the brand: Bacardi

Overall rank in cases: 6

Bacardi is produced by Bacardi, a Bermuda-based company. The company has 6,000 employees, produces its brands in 16 markets and sells in 150 nations.

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Tanduay

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 19.6 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 18.7 million cases

Change in percentage: 5 per cent

Category of the drink: Rum

Owner of the brand: Tanduay Distillers

Overall rank in cases: 7

Tanduay is produced by Tanduay Distillers, a Philippines-based company. Tanduay Distillery is the oldest manufacturer of rum in the Philippines.

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McDowell’s No. 1

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 19.5 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 16.1 million cases

Change in percentage: 21 per cent

Category of the drink: Whisky

Owner of the brand: United Spirits

Overall rank in cases: 8

McDowell’s No. 1 is produced by United Spirits, a Bangalore-based company. United Spirits sells its products to more than 37 countries.

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Johnnie Walker

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 18.9 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 18.0 million cases

Change in percentage: 5 per cent

Category of the drink: Whisky

Owner of the brand: Diageo

Overall rank in cases: 9

Johnnie Walker is produced by Diageo, a London-based company. Diageo is the largest manufacturer of spirits in the world and a big producer of beer and wine.

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Pirassununga 51

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 18.5 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 18.6 million cases

Change in percentage: Minus 1 per cent

Category of the drink: Cachaca

Owner of the brand: Companhia Muller de Bebidas

Overall rank in cases: 10

Pirassununga 51 is produced by Companhia Muller de Bebidas, a Brazil-based company. Companhia Muller de Bebidas, which was founded in 1959, exports its products to customers primarily in Europe, Asia and the Americas through distributors.

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Officer’s Choice

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 18.1 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 16.5 million cases

Change in percentage: 10 per cent

Category of the drink: Whisky

Owner of the brand: Allied Blenders & Distillers

Overall rank in cases: 11

Officer’s Choice is produced by Allied Blenders & Distillers, a Mumbai-based company. Allied Blenders & Distillers is one of the biggest manufacturers of spirits in the world.

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McDowell’s No. 1 Celebration

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 17.8 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 15.6 million cases

Change in percentage: 14 per cent

Category of the drink: Rum

Owner of the brand: United Spirits

Overall rank in cases: 12

McDowell’s No. 1 Celebration is produced by United Spirits, a Bangalore-based company. United Spirits sells its products to more than 37 countries.

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Red Star Er Guo Tou

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 16.8 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 13.7 million cases

Change in percentage: 23 per cent

Category of the drink: Baijiu

Owner of the brand: Beijing Red Star Company

Overall rank in cases: 13

Red Star Er Guo Tou is produced by Beijing Red Star Company, a China-based company. Er Guo Tou, which has a 100-year history, is a popular white spirit in China and abroad.

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Bagpiper

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 14.1 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 16.0 million cases

Change in percentage: Minus 12 per cent

Category of the drink: Whisky

Owner of the brand: United Spirits

Overall rank in cases: 14

Bagpiper is produced by United Spirits, a Bangalore-based company. United Spirits sells its products to more than 37 countries.

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Royal Stag

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 12.8 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 12.5 million cases

Change in percentage: 2 per cent

Category of the drink: Whisky

Owner of the brand: Pernod Ricard

Overall rank in cases: 15

Royal Stag is produced by Pernod Ricard, a Paris-based company. Pernod Ricard, which was founded in 1975, launched Royal Stag in 1995. It's now the group's biggest-selling brand.

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Old Tavern

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 11.6 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 11.1 million cases

Change in percentage: 5 per cent

Category of the drink: Whisky

Owner of the brand: United Spirits

Overall rank in cases: 16

Old Tavern is produced by United Spirits, a Bangalore-based company. United Spirits sells its products to more than 37 countries.

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Absolut

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 11.4 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 11.2 million cases

Change in percentage: 2 per cent

Category of the drink: Vodka

Owner of the brand: Pernod Ricard

Overall rank in cases: 17

Absolut is produced by Pernod Ricard, a Paris-based company. Pernod Ricard bought Swedish-based V&S Group, which produces Absolut, in 2008.

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McDowell’s No. 1

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 10.9 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 11.7 million cases

Change in percentage: Minus 7 per cent

Category of the drink: Brandy

Owner of the brand: United Spirits

Overall rank in cases: 18

McDowell’s No. 1 is produced by United Spirits, a Bangalore-based company. United Spirits sells its products to more than 37 countries.

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Original Choice

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 10.9 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 10.8 million cases

Change in percentage: 1 per cent

Category of the drink: Whisky

Owner of the brand: John Distilleries

Overall rank in cases: 19

Original Choice is produced by John Distilleries, a Bangalore-based company. John Distilleries, which was founded in 1992, produces brandy, whisky and wines.

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Jack Daniel’s

Cases shipped per year in 2012: 10.7 million cases

Cases shipped per year in 2011: 10.6 million cases

Change in percentage: 1 per cent

Category of the drink: Whiskey-American-Tennessee

Owner of the brand: Brown-Forman

Overall rank in cases: 20

Jack Daniel’s is produced by Brown-Forman, a United States-based company. Brown-Forman is one of the biggest spirits and wine manufacturing companies in the United States.


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