Facts & Figures

14 May 2013

  • Exports generated £4.3 billion for the UK balance of trade.
  • Exports earned £135 every second.
  • 40 bottles were shipped overseas each second.
  • 96 million cases were exported worldwide.
  • Laid end to end they would stretch more than 30,000kms - or about six times the distance between Edinburgh and New York.
  • Around 10,000 are directly employed in the Scotch Whisky industry - many in economically deprived areas.
  • Over 35,000 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.
  • 109 distilleries are licensed to produce Scotch Whisky.

Did you know?

  • Scotch Whisky accounts for 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.

Further Information

Contact: Rosemary Gallagher, Communications Manager

Tel: 0131 222 9230

Fax: 0131 222 9237

Email: rgallagher@swa.org.uk