23 Mar '11, 6pm

Champagne exports up nearly 20 percent

Champagne exports up nearly 20 percent

French exports of Champagne shot up 19.5 percent in 2010 after two years of sagging sales abroad due to the global economic crisis. Britain remained the top importer of genuine bubbly, buying 35.5 million of the 134.5 million bottles shipped outside France. Sales in Champagne’s number two overseas market, the United States, jumped nearly 35 percent over the previous year, to 16.9 million bottles, followed by Germany and Belgium, up 21.6 and 7.8 percent respectively. The only exception to the upward trend was The Netherlands, where the appetite for the luxury beverage slacked off by nearly 10 percent, to 2.4 million bottles shipped. While still a small slice of overall exports, demand for Champagne nearly doubled in Russia and China, which both topped one million bottles imported in 2010. Brazil has also acquired a taste for the sparkling wine, buying up more than 600,000 b...

Full article: http://www.luxuo.com/wines-spirits/champagne-exports-up-n...

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