More ouzo, tsipouro and raki produced by Greek distilleries than ever before went to consumers outside Greece in 2022; this was a historic record in exports of Greek alcoholic beverages.
Exports were higher both in value and quantity compared to 2021 and also to 2019.
Figures from the Association of Greek Spirits Producers (SEAOP) show a significant increase in exports to countries such as Iraq and Bulgaria. Quite significant exports also head to the countries of Western and Central Europe, as many holiday makers try the traditional Greek drinks and then look for them in their own country.
With regard to Iraq the increased exports may be related to the fact that ouzo is similar to the local drink arak. The production of this has been greatly reduced due to the extensive destruction of Iraqi factories since the war years.