Germans prefer water to beer

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10 January 2005, BONN - Germany's long love affair with beer appears to have cooled, with industry figures Monday confirming that thirsty Germans are more likely to reach for a glass of fizzy water than for ale. The German mineral water federation VDM said per-capita consumption last year was 123 litres, well ahead of the 117 litres of beer consumed per person. For decades, beer ruled, with bottled carbonated water viewed as a minority drink. The numbers first changed places in 2003, but observers wondered

10 January 2005

BONN - Germany's long love affair with beer appears to have cooled, with industry figures Monday confirming that thirsty Germans are more likely to reach for a glass of fizzy water than for ale.

The German mineral water federation VDM said per-capita consumption last year was 123 litres, well ahead of the 117 litres of beer consumed per person. For decades, beer ruled, with bottled carbonated water viewed as a minority drink.

The numbers first changed places in 2003, but observers wondered if this was not a one-off response to a summer heat-wave where Germans had to keep up their moisture intake and could not spend all their time in beer gardens.

In 2004, water consumption did recede by 5 litres per capita, but the lead over beer remained.

Beer consumption remained constant, according to beer federation secretary Peter Hahn. Figures would be released at the end of this month, but would be close to the 117.7 litres of 2003, he said.

The VDM is an association of 230 bottling plants at springs, some of them near waterfalls in romantic hills, others operating off deep bores under urban areas. Germans generally disdain tap water, as they prefer water carbonated. Less than 5 per cent of water sold is still.

The most popular drink of all in Germany is coffee, usually drunk by the mugful. The coffee industry says that has been the case for 25 years and calculated per capita consumption in 2003 at 153.3 litres, based on coffee bean sales and the standard dilution.

No coffee figures for 2004 are available yet.

DPA

Subject: German news

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