However, considering total liquor production in Panama (21.7 million liters in January), it increased only 2.1%, as production of sec, rum, gin and other spirits contracted by -17.9%, -13.6%, -4.3% and -36.5% respectively."
La Prensa.com published: "In January, production increased 2.1% over the same month in 2008, but this rate of increase is much lower than was recorded early last year  (17%) and the annual average for 2008 (8.5%)."
Local liquor production has gone down and there is a greater presence of foreign brands in a market worth $300 million a year.
In recent years the liquor market in Panama has seen changes in its composition, with domestic goods losing ground to imported ones.
According to figures from the Comptroller General of the Republic cited in an article on Capital.com.pa, "the production of alcoholic beverages in Panama last year grew by just 0.1% compared with 2012."