Production of the Mexican spirit Tequila has fallen to its lowest level in eight years, despite the fact that exports are rising, according to Tequila Regulating Council figures in today's Mexican press.

In the first eight months of this year, output reached 83.5m litres. The previous low was in the same period in 1996 when it reached 86.4m litres.

However, in the same period this year exports were up to 69.5m litres. A total of 7.6m litres of that was 100% agave. Exports meant that only 14m litres were left for the domestic market.