Proost! The Netherlands is 13th largest importer of champagne

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Some 2.5 million bottles of champagne were sold in the Netherlands in 2017, an increase of 7.7% over the previous year, the Benelux Champagne Bureau said on Monday.

The value of the imports was more than 11% higher. The total does not include champagne bought by Dutch tourists while on holiday in France and brought back to the Netherlands, the agency said.

The Netherlands is ranked 13th in worldwide champagne sales which totalled a record €4.9bn last year.

The US is the largest champagne importer, followed by Britain which ‘continues to be adversely affected by the Brexit effect, with sales falling by 5.7%’, the bureau said.