US tops global wine consumption chart
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The US has edged ahead of Italy and France to become the world's largest wine market by volume, according to latest figures from Vinexpo and the IWSR.

US consumption reached 311.3 million 9-litre cases in 2011 – equivalent to 3.735 billion bottles.

In addition, the Vinexpo/IWSR five-year forecasts indicate that US wine consumption should continue to grow by 10% between 2011 and 2015.

China, meanwhile, has displaced the UK in the world’s top five wine-consuming nations, with consumption of still, light and sparkling wines growing by 33.4% in China and Hong Kong combined in 2011 to reach 156.19m 9-litre cases. The UK dropped down to sixth on the list.

Consumption in China and Hong Kong grew 2.4 times larger in the five-year period from 2006 to 2010, and the figures predict a further 54.25% rise between 2011 and 2015.

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