Hispanics are the fastest-growing consumer group in the U.S., with almost every consumer product vying for their attention and dollars. The alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage industries are no different and are benefitting from this ever expanding consumer market.
According to latest research from Mintel, there are many factors that determine which beverages Hispanics consume.
"When choosing how to spend their beverage dollars, Hispanics' country of origin, income, acculturation level and age drive their purchasing decisions," says Leylha Ahuile, senior multicultural analyst at Mintel. "Lifestyle is also important, including family size and the presence of children in the household."
While Hispanics over-index on nearly all nonalcoholic beverages, they are most likely of any ethnic/race group to consume thirst quenchers and sports drinks, as 56 percent report doing so versus 38 percent of white consumers, 50 percent of black consumers and 39 percent of Asians.
Mintel finds that this is driven not only by the relative youth of the Hispanic market, but also the high likelihood that these consumers perform manual labor jobs, where thirst quenchers prove beneficial.
When it comes to alcoholic beverages, beer is the big winner. Hispanics drink more imported beer than any other ethnicity (34 percent versus 28 percent of total population).
Meanwhile, just over a quarter (27 percent) of Hispanics drink tequila, the highest percentage for any ethnic group. This is not surprising, since Hispanics of Mexican heritage represent 63 percent of the U.S. Hispanic population, but it is primarily the more acculturated Hispanic who consumes tequila.
Wine, on the other hand, is the least favorite alcoholic beverage among Hispanics, with only 23 percent saying they consume it versus 33 percent of the total population.
"Many U.S. Hispanics, particularly Mexicans, have not been exposed to wine in their home country, so there isn't a wine-drinking culture or tradition," says Ahuile. "However, we expect this to change in the coming years, as it is already on the rise. Between 2005 and 2010, the number of glasses of wine consumed by Hispanics per month increased by nearly 50 percent. Many of these Hispanic wine consumers are second or third generation, and their level of acculturation is impacting their wine-consumption habits."
When it comes to marketing to this growing and diverse group, all media channels and in both languages are important. According to a Mintel report on Hispanic media consumption, 36 percent of Hispanics find TV commercials interesting and 38 percent arrange their schedule around TV programs.
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