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News Briefs for December 27, 2022

December 27, 2022

•Champagne is expected to reach a new record in terms of global sales value this year. David Chatillon, chairman of the Union des Maisons de Champagne, told Reuters that the category will likely exceed last year’s €5.7 billion ($6.1b) total, representing the previous record. Sales have been strong across Champagne’s top export markets of the U.S., U.K., and Japan, Chatillon added, noting that the region’s robust 2022 harvest will provide a big boost looking ahead, coming in 45% higher than the five-year average. According to Impact Databank, U.S. Champagne volume approached 1.9 million cases last year, up from approximately 1.5 million cases the previous two years.

•House of Hazelwood, the high-end Scotch whisky collection from Scotland’s Gordon family, has partnered with e-commerce provider Speakeasy on a new branded e-commerce shop. The offering includes The Charles Gordon Collection—an eponymous collection of rare Scotch whiskies priced in the thousands—as well as The Legacy Collection, with bottles including The Eight Grain, The Lowlander, and A Trail of Smoke. House of Hazelwood’s new e-commerce shop is initially shipping to consumers in the California market.

•Boisset Collection has announced the release of DeLalisse Champère, a sparkling wine featured in Netflix’s hit comedy-drama series, Emily in Paris. Champère was created in partnership with Shop the Scenes, billed as the first-to-market in large-scale shoppable TV. Shop the Scenes allows fans to shop and explore products associated with their favorite shows and movies. DeLalisse Champére French sparkling wine is available to purchase by the bottle for a suggested retail price of $25; as a two-bottle gift box ($50); and as a Watch Party Kit ($50), which includes one bottle of wine, two Govino wine flutes, and a Champère branded bottle stopper.

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