Friday, February 10, 2023


Global exports of Scotch whisky grew to more than £6bn for the first time in 2022, according to figures released today by the Scotch Whisky Association.

Despite significant economic headwinds and global supply chain disruption, last year the value of Scotch whisky exports was up 37% by value, to £6.2bn. Up £1.68bn compared with 2021 and £1.28bn compared to 2019 (pre-pandemic). The number of 70cl bottles exported also grew by 21% to the equivalent of 1.67bn.

Scotch whisky exports exceed £6bn for the first time

While established EU markets such as France, Germany and Spain continued their post-pandemic bounce-back with strong growth in 2022, India replaced France as the largest Scotch whisky market by volume.

The Asia-Pacific region overtook the EU as the industry’s largest regional market, with double-digit growth in Taiwan, Singapore, India and China as the post-Covid recovery continued.

In North America, the United States continued its recovery following the impacts of tariffs on single malt Scotch whisky to again be the industry’s only market with exports valued over £1bn. Both Mexico and Canada also saw growth, underlining the importance of securing further market access wins through the renegotiation of the UK’s Free Trade Agreements with both countries. 

Commenting on the news, Mark Kent, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, said: "During a year of significant economic headwinds and global supply chain disruption, the Scotch whisky industry continued to be an anchor of growth, supporting investment and job creation across Scotland and the UK.”

Mark went onto say: “The enduring strength of Scotch whisky as the UK’s leading food and drink export is its global appeal to consumers who recognise the quality of the spirit, with production increasingly grounded in sustainable practices as we continue to reduce our impact on the environment by investing in the future. Passing £6bn in export value for the first time is a milestone, and testament to the work of our member companies and the tens of thousands of employees across Scotland and the UK supply chain who make Scotch whisky a global success story of which we are rightly proud.”

The Scotch Whisky Association, also said that the industry will have to continue to navigate economic headwinds, including global inflationary pressures, domestic energy and business costs and a reduction in consumer confidence. But with the right government support they are confident that the industry can continue to deliver for the Scottish and wider UK economy.

Posted by Steve Rush