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May 26, 2008

Coffee exports to Germany reached 234,000 tonnes in 2007

Vietnam has emerged as Germany's second largest coffee exporter thanks to the growing demand for the product there.

Figures released by the German Federal Statistical Office show that Vietnam shipped 234,000 tonnes of coffee to Germany in 2007, just behind Brazil which supplied up to 288,000 tonnes for the European nation.

The office reported that Germany's coffee and tea imports increased by 33 percent from 2000-2007. The country bought a total of 1.1 million tonnes of coffee worth 2 billion Euros ($3.153 billion) last year, up 31.5 percent in volume and 24 per cent in value.

Coffee is a popular drink amongst the German people who on average consumed up to 13 kg each in 2007. Last year, Germany spent 112.2 million Euros importing 48,000 tonnes of tea, a respective year-on-year increases of 2 percent and 34 percent.

China topped the list of Germany's tea suppliers with 12,000 tonnes, followed by India at 7,000 tonnes.

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