Spumante exports hit record high in 2014, says Coldiretti

Consumers to pop 170 mn corks abroad, 50 mn at home

29 December, 19:45

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, DECEMBER 29 - New Year's celebrations around the world will feature the popping sound of 170 million bottles of Italian spumante, Coldiretti farmers association said Monday.

    The group said that Italian exports of spumante rose 24% in the first nine months of 2014, with overall sales to close the current year at a record high of just under 300 million bottles.

    The biggest jump was seen in China, where spumante exports skyrocketed 110% over last year.

    The UK remains the top importer of Italian spumante, increasing 49% this year, followed by the United States with a 21% increase.

    In Italy, about 50 million bottles will be popped for the year-end festivities, with 89% of Italians preferring spumante to champagne, Coldiretti said.

    The group noted that the boom in bubbly has also created a market for copycats, with drinks like Kressecco and Meer-Secco in Germany imitating the iconic Italian prosecco. (ANSAmed).

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