The traditional French Christmas meal, an epitome of culinary delight and familial warmth, is expected to witness a surge in prices for certain iconic products this year. The increase, though, has a silver lining as it will not be as precipitous as the previous year's. One such delicacy, the foie gras, a mandatory presence on the French festive table, will be about 5% pricier. The reason? A combination of persistently high production costs and the incorporation of new expenses related to duck vaccination. This comes in the wake of a challenging year that saw a drastic drop in production, over 30%, due to the avian flu.
Foie Gras: A Limited Supply
As the French brace themselves for a Christmas with a more expensive foie gras, they will also have to deal with an unusually limited supply. The advice for consumers? Shop early to ensure a spot for this delicacy on your festive table.
Champagne and Smoked Salmon: A Modest Rise
Another festive favorite, Champagne, will also witness a price hike, slightly above the general inflation rate. However, the silver lining here is that this year, unlike the last, there will be no supply issues. Smoked salmon prices will follow suit with a modest rise, with each slice costing 5 to 15 cents more, depending on the brand and the quality. However, do not fret about availability issues. The only significant change might be a rarity in smaller package sizes as producers shift towards larger packs for cost efficiency.
Pintade: A Silver Lining
In contrast to the rising prices of other festive favorites, pintade (guinea fowl) might witness a slight price decrease of 2 to 3% compared to last year. This price drop is a result of an improved situation for farmers, who are benefiting from the relaxation of agricultural commodity prices. This is mainly due to the stabilization or drop in the cost of wheat and sunflower seeds in the wake of the Ukraine war. The festive poultry such as poulardes, chapons, and turkeys will be in plentiful supply gracing the Christmas dinner tables across France.