Facts & Figures

01 May 2015

  • Exports generated £3.95 billion for the UK balance of trade.
  • Exports earned £125 every second.
  • 38 bottles were shipped overseas each second.
  • 99 million cases (12 70cl bottles at 40% vol) were exported worldwide.
  • Laid end to end they would stretch about 30,000kms - or about six times the distance between Edinburgh and New York.
  • More than 10,000 are directly employed in the Scotch Whisky industry - many in economically deprived areas.
  • Over 40,000 jobs across the UK are supported by the industry.
  • About £1 billion contributed to the Exchequer in taxes.
  • Some 20 million casks lie maturing in warehouses in Scotland.
  • To be Scotch Whisky, the spirit must mature in oak casks in Scotland for at least 3 years.
  • 115 distilleries are licensed to produce Scotch Whisky.

Did you know?

  • Scotch Whisky accounts for around a quarter of UK food and drink exports.
  • Scotch Whisky is sold in around 200 markets worldwide.
  • Scotch Whisky sells three times its nearest rival whisky.
  • Drinkers in the UK often choose to enjoy it with just a little water, but in Spain they mix it with cola. In Japan Scotch is enjoyed with lots of water and ice, and in China with cold green tea.
  • More Scotch is sold in one month in France than Cognac in a year.

 The above figures relate to Jan-Dec 2014.

Further Information

Contact: Rosemary Gallagher, Head of Communications

Tel: 0131 222 9230

Fax: 0131 222 9237

Email: rgallagher@swa.org.uk