Wednesday, May 23, 2018


The Scotch Whisky Association, has today released a report of the industry's 2017 export performance, which indicates the UK trade deficit would be almost 3% worse without Scotland's national drink.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that the Scotch Whisky industry has posted record-breaking exports in 2017, growing in both volume and value (by 1.6% and 8.9% respectively) to a total of £4.37bn - the equivalent of 1.23bn bottles exported globally.

The Scotch Whisky Association announces details of its latest export report

The new report reveals that, while the UK trade deficit reduced from £166bn in 2016 to £153bn in 2017, the deficit would be 2.9% greater without Scotch Whisky exports. Last year, of every £100 of goods exported from the UK, £1.30 was Scotch whisky.

The analysis also shows that exports of single malt Scotch whisky continue to grow, with an increase of 14% year-on-year to £1.17bn. This is the second year in a row that exports of single malt whisky have surpassed £1bn, reflecting a trend towards premium products in global markets.

Commenting on the news, Karen Betts, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, said: "More Scotch Whisky is enjoyed across the world than America, Canadian and Irish Whiskies combined. Our analysis of 2017 exports shows just how well the industry is doing in our 180 markets. This reflects the industry's determination and hard work to take high quality Scotch Whisky to consumers all over the world. The UK trade deficit, currently £153bn, would have been nearly 3% worse without Scotch Whisky exports. Likewise, Scotch plays a key role in the Scottish and UK economy, supporting thousands of jobs, including in rural parts of Scotland.”

She went onto say: "Single malt continues to grow significantly, boosting again the value of our exports. There are signs too that the market for Blended Scotch Whisky is improving. This is a welcome indicator of future growth. Blended Scotch is the solid foundation on which our global export success has been built. As Brexit approaches, it's important that the government supports Scotch Whisky's export success and ensures that access to EU and global markets is as good once the UK leaves the EU as it is today. This includes ensuring that Scotch Whisky is properly protected through the Geographical Indication system."

Earlier this month at its annual conference in Edinburgh, the Scotch Whisky Association, called for zero tariffs, a minimum of regulatory divergence and legal protection in the EU, to help maintain the industry’s current level of growth post Brexit.

Posted by Steve Rush