Scotch Whisky exports remained strong in 2013, and Single Malt continued to increase in popularity, according to figures published today (11 April) by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).
In a major breakthrough, Scotch Whisky has been registered as a certification trade mark in Australia, giving consumers and the industry better protection against fakes.
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has warmly welcomed the Coalition Government’s decision to scrap the alcohol duty escalator a year early and freeze excise duty on spirits, following calls from consumers, industry and politicians of all parties.
Representatives of the SWA will be available for comment and interview on the day of the UK Budget, Wednesday 19 March.
Hard-pressed consumers are calling on the UK Government to scrap the alcohol duty escalator and freeze duty in Wednesday’s Budget to show its support for the Scotch Whisky industry.
The UK market for Scotch Whisky declined by 3% last year at the same time as unfair annual inflation-busting excise duty increases continued to pile pressure on the industry.
The Scotch Whisky industry is calling for fairness in this year’s Budget. With tax now representing nearly 80% of an average priced bottle, SWA members believe strongly that enough is enough.
David Frost, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, reflects on the latest research on minimum pricing of alcohol.
The Scotch Whisky industry today (6 February) met with the Treasury in advance of next month’s UK Budget to explain why it is calling for the removal in 2014 of the alcohol duty escalator and for duty to be frozen.
Almost 80% of the price of a bottle of Scotch Whisky is taxation