Scotch Whisky is a complex industry, closely interwined
with its environment and supply chain. The SWA works with
the industry to ensure it keeps on top of any developments related
to the manufacture of a quality product.
Scotch Whisky distillers are committed to the sustainable use of local raw materials and will source cereals from Scotland wherever possible.
The production and holding and movement of alcohol - within the UK and overseas – is heavily regulated by HM Revenue and Customs.
Across Scotland, 10,000 people are directly employed and over 35,000 jobs are supported by the industry in the UK.
The Scotch Whisky industry is very serious about its responsibilities to keep its workforce, sites and the communities surrounding its facilities safe.
Maintaining strong product safety is vital to protect Scotch Whisky customers and key to brand integrity.
The Scotch Whisky Association responds to industry-related public consulations on issues affecting the industry at a Scottish, UK, European and international level.
Whisky production is energy intensive, requiring much heat energy to fire the stills which drive distillation.