UK still top of Champagne list

09 March, 2012

The UK remains the biggest importer of Champagne in spite of a 2.7% fall in volumes in 2011, the Champagne Bureau has reported.

More than 34.5 million bottles of Champagne were shipped to the UK last year, compared to a little over 19 million to the US, 14 million to Germany and less than 10 million to Belgium.

But other countries showed big increases in exports, with the US up 14.4% and Germany and Belgium both up 8.5%.

Champagne Bureau director Francoise Peretti said: “Champagne shipments for 2011 closed within a whisker of the volume for 2010. In the current economic climate, that’s both remarkable and testimony to the longstanding love story between UK consumers and Champagne.” 

“With big festive events to come this year including the Olympics, Paralympics and Diamond Jubilee, the prospects for 2012 look even better.”




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