hec·​to·​li·​ter | \ ˈhek-tə-ˌlē-tər How to pronounce hectoliter (audio) \

Definition of hectoliter

: a unit of capacity equal to 100 liters — see Metric System Table

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Global consumption has been steady at 245 million hectoliters a year for the last decade, as growth in markets such as China and the U.S. has been offset by falling consumption in Europe. Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, "Trump Wants To 'Do Something' About EU Wine Tariffs. But U.S. Producers Have Bigger Problems—in China," 13 June 2019 Cervecería Bucanero in 2018 sold 1.6 million hectoliters of beer, which was about 0.3% of AB InBev’s global volume for the year, according to the filing. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "Companies in Cuba Face Legal Risks as U.S. Changes Stance on Seized Property," 2 May 2019 This is the lowest level of production since 1957, when production fell to 173.8 million hectoliters, the OIV told Reuters. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Wine production falls to 60-year low, cheap wine prices could go up," 24 Apr. 2018 Italy remained the world's leading wine maker producing 42.5 million hectoliters, followed by France (36.7 million hl) and Spain (32.1 million hl). N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Wine production falls to 60-year low, cheap wine prices could go up," 24 Apr. 2018 Despite the upturn in Europe, Heineken said low- and no-alcohol sales around the world fell slightly, to 6.1 million hectoliters from 6.2 million last year. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "European Beer (and Near Beer) Sales Lift Heineken," 31 July 2017 Italian wine regions also saw their vineyards damaged by frost—as well as drought—this year, but Italy will produce slightly more wines: 47.2 million hectoliters versus France's 36.9 million. Elaheh Nozari, CNT, "France Will Produce Its Lowest Amount of Wine in 60 Years," 8 Oct. 2017 Beer will eventually fill the five 58-hectoliter foeders (58 hectoliters is approximately 1,500 gallons, or about 100 standard-size kegs), along with a 34-hectoliter Calvados cask that rests next to them. Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader, "Mousetrap, Off Color Brewing’s taproom, is designed to ensnare lovers of experimental beers," 4 Oct. 2017 The large-scale production brewhouse, which will brew Guinness Blonde, can brew 100 hectoliters at a time, or more than 21,000 pints. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Rolling out the barrels: Guinness brewery takes shape, raising hopes of boom in tourism," 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of hectoliter

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hectoliter

French hectolitre, from hect- + litre liter

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variants: or chiefly British hectolitre \ ˈhek-​tə-​ˌlēt-​ər How to pronounce hectolitre (audio) \

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: a metric unit of capacity equal to 100 liters

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