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Chinese outdrink French in red wine: study

Published on Jan 30, 2014 4:43 AM
 
Photo of the sixth International Wine and Spirits Fair in Hong Kong last year. Wines from Spain and the new world are gaining ground in China at the expense of their French counterparts, as increasingly adventurous Chinese wine enthusiasts push back the frontiers of a surging market, say experts. -- PHOTO:AFP

BORDEAUX (AFP) - China has become the world's biggest consumer of red wine, outdrinking the wine-loving French for the first time in 2013, according to a study published this week.

China, including Hong Kong, drank more than 155 million cases of red wine in 2013, according to the study by Vinexpo, which runs wine and spirits trade shows, and the British International Wine and Spirit Research thinktank.

This placed China ahead of France, which only drank 150 million cases of red wine last year, as well as Italy (141 million), the United States (134 million) and Germany (112 million).

Overall, the United States has been the world's top consumer of wine since 2011, and its red wine consumption is expected to jump 14 per cent in the next five years, the study found.

 
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