New figures from the Lincolnshire Co-op show six bottles of Prosecco were sold to every one bottle of champagne over this Christmas season.
The news comes after the society announced positive festive sales results, with shoppers taking advantage of extra dividend, which saw the Lincolnshire Co-op pay out a bonus of £1.6 million to its 260,000 members.
In December, members used £1.3 million of dividend to pay for their Christmas shopping in the society’s 83 food stores across the county.
In the three week period from December 11 to December 31, like-for-like sales in food stores saw a 12.6% increase.
The two week period from December 18 to December 31 saw like-for-like sales go up 17.7%, with Christmas Eve breaking records for the number of customer visits and sales.
Goods sourced from the Lincolnshire Co-op’s trading area performed well during the period:
- Lincolnshire Co-op’s own bakery Gadsby’s saw its festive range sales increase by 15% with a record-breaking 152,000 individual mince pies sold.
- Sales of the Love Local range saw 30% growth. Local cheeses proved particularly popular with sales doubling. These included Skegness Blue and Heart of Lincolnshire made by Lymn Bank Farm near Skegness, Lincolnshire Poacher from the Wolds and Cote Hill Blue, Red and Yellow, sourced from Osgodby near Market Rasen.
Chief Retail Officer Mark Finn said: “We’ve had an exceptional festive performance and my thanks go out to every member of our team, from the frontline staff in our stores to those in our warehouses and support offices.
“It’s their hard work which has made this happen, as well as the support of our customers and members – we worked hard all year to give them great service, availability and value.
“We had a fantastic Christmas range on sale and many customers pre-ordered products, like turkeys, as they trusted us to deliver.
“Our community-based locations and long opening hours also meant people could conveniently pick up everything they needed to make their celebration special by just popping into their local Lincolnshire Co-op.
“We also paid out our dividend bonus before Christmas and we were pleased to see members treating themselves with dividend this festive season.”