Champagne Sales Are Surging Close To Pre-pandemic Highs

Posted: Oct 25, 2021

Pop those corks.

Champagne sales are surging back to near what they were before the Covid pandemic hampered sales and kept people away from celebrations.

The gradual reopening of global bubbly markets is expected to drive sales to an estimated 305 million bottles worldwide in 2021, according to the General Syndicate of Champagne Winegrowers.

People are ready to party again after spending many months apart.

“If I have to guess, I think that consumers are ready to celebrate even just the little things in life,” said Natalie Pavlatos, a spokeswoman for the Champagne Bureau, USA.

In 2020, the region suffered an 18% drop compared to the year prior, bringing in $4.8 billion and exporting 244 million bottles, according to data compiled by the Comite Champagne, a trade association representing the growers and houses of Champagne.

Turnover for the sector, which remains France’s second-biggest export industry after aeronautics, totaled a loss of approximately $980 million. The last time the region posted similar shipment totals was back in 2017 at 307 million bottles.

The full picture for Champagne sales this year won’t emerge until after the holidays, starting with Thanksgiving and winding up with New Year’s Eve, Pavlatos said. But, she added, that the Champagne Bureau is hearing that producers are tracking sales that are well above last year’s levels. In some places, they’re ahead of the pre-pandemic pace, she said.

“So we may actually be seeing not only a return to normal but even better performance than we had in 2019,” Pavlatos said.

By Amanda Macias
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