Post-war record of Scotch Whisky distilleries
04 Sep 2018
At a reception at the Scottish Parliament on 4th September, MSPs
joined the industry to celebrate the success story Scotch Whisky,
with more distilleries now operating across Scotland than in the
past seventy years, the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) reveals
With global demand for Scotch higher than ever before, the
latest figures released by the SWA detail there are now 128
distillers operating across Scotland's five different whisky
regions, the most since 1945.
The announcement is the latest record broken by the Scotch
Whisky industry. Earlier this year, the SWA announced the
industry's highest ever exports figures - with more than £4.37bn in
exports being sent to over 180 countries across the globe, as well
as the record numbers of tourists visiting Scotch Whisky distillery
visitor centres, with more than 1.9 million visits taking place in
Speaking at Holyrood this
evening, Karen Betts, CEO at the SWA, said:
"This is great news for the Scotch Whisky industry, as well as
the Scottish economy.
"As Scotland's largest manufactured export, supporting more than
40,000 jobs - 7,000 of which are located in rural Scotland - it's
imperative that the government ensures that the right conditions
are in place for distilleries to invest and capitalise on the
growing popularity of Scotch right across the globe.
"With £3 in every £4 of a bottle of Scotch being collected in
duty and VAT, Scotland's national drink is already one of the
highest taxed consumer goods in the UK - more than any other
"That is why we are asking the Chancellor to signal his support
for our national drink by delivering an excise freeze in the Autumn
Budget to help encourage investment within Scotland and help make
Scotch more competitive on the domestic playing field."
MSP for Moray Richard Lochhead,
who hosted the event at the Scottish Parliament, said:
"The Scotch Whisky industry continues to set records this year,
with record exports, record tourism numbers and now a post-war
record for operating distilleries.
"My constituency is home to two out of every five operating
Scotch Whisky distilleries, so I know how each of the new
distilleries across Scotland will bring vital investment and
employment to communities, especially in rural areas.
"I will continue to do what I can to help the Scotch industry go
from strength to strength, but this must be matched by action in
the Autumn Budget. It is vital that there is a freeze on excise
duty for Scotch Whisky so that all distilleries, new and historic,
have a competitive platform to grow from."