Champagne Shipments to U.S. Increase for Fourth Consecutive Year, U.S. Remains Top Export Market in Terms of Value for Second Year
More than 21 million bottles shipped, volume increased 6.3 percent and value increased by 4.9 percent in 2016
WASHINGTON (Champagne Wine Maison) 3/22/17/– ? The Champagne Bureau, USA announced today that 21,805,677 bottles of Champagne were shipped to the United States in 2016, an increase of 6.3 percent from 2015. This marks the fourth consecutive year of growth in Champagne shipments to the United States. Additionally, the U.S. remains the top export market in terms of value for Champagne for second year, which increased 4.9 percent.
“We are thrilled to see that American consumers continue to buy Champagne at record numbers,” said Jennifer Hall, director of the Champagne Bureau, USA. “Wine drinkers in the United States are placing increasing value on wines that come from unique locations, and in doing so, highlight the important role Champagne plays in the expanding U.S. wine market. Their desire to know the origins of the wine they drink connects deeply with the fact that Champagne can come only from the French region of the same name and is imperative to building a network of support for protection of the Champagne name.”
Credit: Champagne Bureau, US
The United States is the top Champagne export market in terms of value, with 540 million euros in revenue. The country is also the second largest export market for Champagne shipments, trailing the United Kingdom, which imported 31,189,753 bottles in 2016. Worldwide, Champagne shipments totaled 306.1 million bottles. Despite a small a decrease in volume (-2.1 percent) related to the difficulties of the French market and to the sudden depreciation of the pound Sterling, the turnover of 4.71 billion euros makes 2016 another record year following the figures of 2015 (4.74 billion euros).
More than a type of wine, Champagne is a unique region with a long history of winemaking expertise. Therefore, to earn the right to label their bottles with the “Champagne” name, the growers and producers of the Champagne region adhere to strict grape growing, harvesting and winemaking regulations. In recent years, the region has been lauded for its environmental leadership, launching a comprehensive carbon reduction effort that has already reduced the region’s carbon footprint and establishing a new environmental certification for wine growers and producers to quantify their environmental sustainability and advances.
About the Champagne Bureau, USA
The Champagne Bureau located in Washington, DC, is the U.S. representative of the Comité Champagne, the trade association that represents all the grape growers and houses of Champagne, France. The Bureau works to educate US consumers about the uniqueness of the wines of Champagne and expand their understanding of the importance location plays in the creation of all wines. To stay up to date on all of the Champagne Bureau’s activities, follow us onFacebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information on the region and wine, visit www.champagne.com.