Champagne glassware sales bubbling over at Stephensons

Catering equipment supplier, Stephensons, has reported an exponential rise in sales of Champagne flutes and saucers as Prosecco out-fizzes other tipples.

The Stockport-based business has seen sales of Champagne glassware grow by over 40% since 2012, selling well over 100,000 flutes alone.

This rise in sales reflects North West diners’ increased love for a glass of something bubbly, with Prosecco and Prosecco-based cocktails a firm fixture on drinks menus across the region. Prosecco was reported by trade magazine The Drinks Business to have enjoyed a 74.6% rise in sales in the UK over 2014, with sparkling wine profits reaching £70m.

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Henry Stephenson, MD of Stephensons, which has been trading in the North West for over 145 years, discussed the trend: “Timelessly elegant Champagne flutes and saucers have long been glassware staples. However, we experienced unprecedented demand in 2014, supplying a mixture of our top 40 best-selling Champagne flutes and top 15 ranges of Champagne saucers.

“The serving of these drinks is key to the experience, and delicate flutes or Prohibition-style saucers remain the classic way to serve up your bubbly. We’ve also seen a rise in sales of glassware with an etched base, which enables the effervescence of Prosecco to be maintained throughout the drinking experience.

“The Prosecco trend shows no sign of slowing and the conversation around how best to serve it continues. Some wine experts are championing the use of a broader sided Champagne flute, which they believe allows the wine to nose better.

“We firmly expect a further increase in ranges and sales of Champagne glassware during 2015.”

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