Scotch Whisky

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

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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.


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