Scotch Whisky

The new biogas plant will produce 200kW of power and 230kW of heat

Balmenach distillery installs £3M anaerobic digestion plant

By Rick Pendrous

Balmenach, one of Speyside’s oldest whisky distilleries and the home of Caorunn Scottish Gin, is set to become one of Scotland’s greenest distilleries with the announcement last month that work had started on a £3M biogas project to significantly reduce...

Scotch whisky sales have fallen since the Chancellor hiked spirits tax in the spring budget

Scotch whisky sales drop by 1M bottles after tax hike

By Gwen Ridler

Scotch whisky sales have fallen by 1M bottles since Chancellor Philip Hammond hiked spirits tax in the March budget, claimed the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), which is urging the Exchequer to lift the duty in next month’s budget.

The Brexit clock will begin ticking after Article 50 is triggered today

Prioritise food, urges industry as Brexit triggered

By Michael Stones

The food and drink sector should receive priority in the forthcoming Brexit talks – which will begin after Article 50 is triggered today – urges a range of industry organisations.

Whisky distillery investment created up to 20 jobs

Jobs created through £881k whisky investment

By Gwen Ridler

Up to 20 jobs are to be created at two new distilleries in Scotland, thanks to investment of £881,000 from development agency Highlands and Island Enterprise (HIE).

Sensors on Glenfiddich stills prevent frothy spills

Sensors on Glenfiddich stills prevent frothy spills

By Rick Pendrous

William Grant & Sons Distillers, producer of the Glenfiddich single malt brand, has installed the latest instrumentation from Siemens at its Dufftown Distillery in the Highlands of Scotland.

The SWA is opening a new London office to help boost exports currently worth £4bn a year

Scotch whisky London office to boost £4bn exports

By Michael Stones

The Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA’s) new London office, will help to grow exports of Scotch, currently worth £4bn a year, while boosting jobs across the UK, claims the association.

Food industry’s latest hires

Food industry people on the move – update

By Laurence Gibbons

Top appointments at Seabrook Crisps, 2 Sisters Food Group and the Chilled Food Association lead our updated collection of the latest appointments in the food and drink industry.

Ambitious trade deals are needed to stop Scotch whisky sales hitting the rocks: SWA

Whisky industry urges free trade to boost exports

By Michael Stones

Sinking whisky exports underline the need for the next government to press for more open markets and ambitious Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), urges the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Sinking drinking: Scotch and beer consumption both fell last year

Whisky slump prompts budget action plea

By Michael Stones

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is urging chancellor George Osborne to cut duty by 2% in his March 18 budget, after it emerged the UK Scotch market fell by nearly 5% last year.

The Scotch whisky industry boosts the UK economy by £1.8bn

Scotch whisky pumps £1.8bn into UK economy

By Laurence Gibbons

The Scotch whisky industry pumps £1.8bn into the pockets of its suppliers annually, with 90% of that expenditure in the UK, according to a Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) report.

Slow in the exports of Scotch

Diageo puts brakes on Scotch whisky expansion

By Nicholas Robinson

Weakening global demand for Scotch whisky could put the brakes on Diageo’s plans to upgrade its northern distilleries as part of the business’s £1bn expansion plan announced in 2007.

Scottish food and drink is proving popular in France

Scottish food and drink a success in France

By Laurence Gibbons

Scottish food and drink exports to France have grown in value by £21M over the past year to a whopping £703M, according to the Scottish government.

Drambuie boasts a history going back to 1745

Breaking News

William Grant & Sons snaps up Drambuie

By Rod Addy

Premium spirits business and independent Scottish family distiller William Grant & Sons has acquired the Drambuie Liqueur Company, which owns the Drambuie whisky liqueur brand. 

The strengh of Scottish food and drink brands was linked to a yes vote in the nation's independence referendum

Surge in Scottish brands linked to referendum vote

By Michael Stones

The Edinburgh government has claimed responsibility for a £513M surge in sales of Scottish food and drink, which it says underpins confidence in Scottish brands ahead of a yes vote in the nation’s independence referendum on September 18.

The new distillery and visitor centre for The Macallan brand is expected to be finished in spring 2017

Scotland welcomes £100M Edrington distillery investment

By Rod Addy

Edrington Group’s £100M investment in a new distillery for its iconic brand The Macallan has been hailed as “phenomenal” by Richard Lochhead, the Scottish government’s rural affairs secretary.

Diageo is offering a deal to offset competition concerns about its whisky interests

Diageo mulls sale of Whyte & Mackay distilleries

By Rod Addy

Global drinks giant Diageo has confirmed it is considering selling most of the Whyte & Mackay (W&M) whisky distilleries it gained by taking over India’s United Spirits.

William Grant celebrated the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown

2012 ‘challenging’ for William Grant & Sons

By Rod Addy

William Grant & Sons, distiller of Glenfiddich Scotch whisky and other spirits, has admitted that 2012 was a challenge with only marginal sales growth over figures for 2011.

Diageo is reviewing it Scottish operations

Diageo to cut 80 jobs in Scotland

By Lorraine Mullaney

Diageo is planning to “take 80 roles out of the business” as it restructures its management operations in in Scotland.

The source of the Legionnaires' outbreak may never be traced

Whisky distillery closes cooling towers after legionnaires warning

By Mike Stones

The North British Distillery in Edinburgh, one of the largest Scotch grain whisky producers in Scoland, has closed its cooling towers after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) served an improvement notice for alleged failures to control the risk of...

Twitter fans were active at the FDF President's Dinner - tackling subjects as diverse as the Responsibility Deal and the France's preference for whisky over cognac

Food and Drink Federation dinner: Twitter snapshot

By Mike Stones

Business leaders, food and drink scientists, and industry figures, including two government ministers, attended the Food and Drink Federation’s President’s Dinner held in London this week. Here’s a snapshot of the evening captured in Twitter posts.

No need to taste Whisky for authenticity…

No need to taste Whisky for authenticity…

By Anne Bruce

Liquor connoisseurs will be sorry to hear that there may soon be no need to uncork spirits to test them for authenticity, after academics based at Leicester University announced they are working on a new ‘through the bottle’ handheld scanning device to...

News In Brief

News In Brief

==In poor spirits==A raid on an illicit distillery in the north of England netted a haul of counterfeit branded vodka, including Tamova, Royal Czar...

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Me & My Factory David Donaldson, director of supply chain, Edrington Group

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