Brits to be world’s largest fizz consumers

5th February, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

British drinkers are to consume more sparkling wine than any other country in the world by 2016, according to the latest data from Vinexpo.

The research, in collaboration with The International Wine and Spirits Research, found that by 2016, Brits will be drinking over 126 million bottles a year of Champagne, cava, Prosecco, homegrown fizz and other sparkling wine.

The predicted increase places the UK in the top spot for sparkling wine imports, pushing previous leader Germany into third place behind the US.

France currently leads the pack in terms of sparkling wine imported into the UK at 37m bottles a year, followed by Spain at 25m, Italy at 19m, Australia at 8.5m and South Africa at 2.5m.

“UK drinkers are changing their behaviour. They are drinking less….

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2 Responses to “Brits to be world’s largest fizz consumers”

  1. sam lindo says:

    the french drink 175 million bottles of champagne per year, let alone cremant etc. We have a long way to catch up.

  2. antoine says:

    According to vinexpo itself, update dating november 2011:

    -German are the first consumers of sparkling wine with 487.3 millions of bottles
    -French are the second consumers with 385 millions of bottles
    -Russian are the third with 296.9 millions of bottle.

    This article does look really optimistic indeed if my source is reliable.

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