Whisky exports soar as US enjoys more wee drams

By Mike Stones

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Scotch whisky, International trade, Scotch whisky association

Savouring the taste of export success
Savouring the taste of export success
The value of Scotch whisky exports soared 22% to reach £1.8bn in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year.

Leading the list of nations appreciating more than a wee dram is the United States which accounts for shipments valued at £268M; 14% up from £233.7M in the first half of 2010.

Exports to France, the second most valuable market, rose by 13% to £219.5M.

Emerging markets are becoming increasingly important to Scotch Whisky producers with exports to Asia and South America showing strong growth.

Shipments to Central and South America reached £214.4M in the first six months of the year; up nearly 50% on the first half of last year.

Exports to Asia increased by 33% to £422.5M.

Main driver

Gavin Hewitt, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, said: “Scotch whisky producers can be proud of their continuing success. Scotch whisky is a main driver for the UK and Scottish economies in building export markets. We are making a strong contribution to the Scottish government’s ambition of growing the country’s exports by 50% by 2017.

“While traditional export markets remain important, we are making excellent headway in other regions. Consumer confidence is strong. Recent breakthroughs in trade relations will help further.

A Free Trade Agreement with South Korea and better legal protection for Scotch Whisky in India and Turkey give optimism for further growth. India and Turkey are now among the countries which recognise Scotch, as a product, can only be made in Scotland.”

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