SWA chief accepts MUP ruling

15 November, 2017

The chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, Karen Betts, has accepted the introduction of minimum unit pricing in Scotland but expects an ‘objective assessment’ to be carried through.

The Scotch Whisky Association has requested support from the Scottish government ahead of the UK General election in June and the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

The Scotch Whisky Association has announced that Alan Park has been promoted to director of legal affairs. 

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced in the Budget today (March 16) that the UK duty on spirits, beer and cider duty will be frozen but wine duty will rise with inflation.

Scotch Whisky has been recognised as a ‘geographical indication’ (GI) in Mozambique.

The SWA opens London office

03 December, 2015

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) opens its London office today (December 3).

The decline in Scotch whisky exports is slowing, as industry exports in the first half of the year totalled £1.7 billion.

A Chinese court ruling in favour of Scotch whisky against a packaging firm in the Anhui province of the country is being heralded as a legal breakthrough and a warning to other potential counterfeiters.

The Scotch Whisky Association has welcomed the UK government’s Advocate General’s opinion on the minimum unit pricing (MUP) of alcohol.

Scotch whisky exports declined 7% to £3.95 billion in 2014, according to figures from the UK government’s HM Revenue and Customs published today (1 April).

British MPs gathered at the House of Commons yesterday to show support for the scotch whisky industry.

SWA welcomes stability

19 September, 2014

Scotch Whisky Association chief executive David Frost has welcomed stability following the Scottish vote in favour of staying in the United Kingdom.

Leading academic Professor Dame Joan K Stringer DBE FRSE is the new independent chairperson of the Scotch Whisky Action Fund, set up last year by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) to tackle alcohol-related harm.

Scotch whisky exports grew in 2013 according to figures published by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the UK’s chief finance minister, has frozen the controversial so-called alcohol duty accelerator on spirits and standard cider.

The Scotch Whisky Association has announced Gavin Hewitt will step down as CEO at the end of this year; his replacement will be David Frost, British diplomat and the UK government's director for European Trade and International Affairs.  

Recoveries in the much-maligned markets of France and Spain helped to off-set declines in Asia as global sales of Scotch grew 11% by value and 9% by volume for the first half of 2013.

Fair Trade Agreements between the EU and Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama will come into force today, according to the Scotch Whisky Association.

Intellectual property lawyer Oliver Tidman observes how Chinese sancitons on scotch counterfeits can be linked to the Scotch Whisky Association's work in the country

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) exhibition, Scotch Whisky: From Grain to Glass, has opened in the Glasgow.

Scotch whisky sales growth slowed to 1% in 2012, while 11 of the sector’s top 20 export markets registered volume declines, according to the Scotch Whisky Association.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has announced two trade agreements with Colombia and Peru and its Association Agreement with Central America.

A major exhibition about scotch whisky, Scotland’s 'national drink', will open on 29 November at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Major scotch exhibition

16 November, 2012

A major exhibition about scotch whisky, Scotland’s national drink, will open on 29 November at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has called for further sanctions on producers and distributors of imitation scotch in China.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has announced that scotch whisky exports have increased in value by 12% in the 12 months to the end of June 2012.

Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WT0), after 18 years of negotiation, has been welcomed by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

UK and European drinks trade organisations have announced they are challenging the Scottish government’s minimum unit pricing (MUP) legislation.

The scotch whisky category belied global economic instability in 2011 by growing sales value 23% to a record £4.2billion.

UK: The Chancellor has added another 41p to a bottle of spirits and 11p to a bottle of wine in the latest Budget.

The Scotch Whisky Association has launched a report, which outlines the number of jobs supported by the scotch whisky industry. 

A minimum unit price for alcohol set out in today’s (November 1) Scottish government Bill is unlikely to reduce alcohol misuse, will threaten the £3.4 billion whisky industry and will punish moderate drinkers, according to the trade. 

Scotch whisky exports up 22%

12 September, 2011

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has announced that the value of scotch exports for the first half of 2011 is up 22%

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has gained a geographical indication of origin for scotch whisky in Vietnam.

The trade has welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s decision to reject minimum pricing. This was the final time in which MSPs could vote to decisively keep minimum pricing out of the Alcohol Bill. The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has consistently argued that minimum pricing would be illegal and ineffective in addressing misuse, whilst significantly damaging one of Scotland’s key industries.

China - an important market for scotch whisky – has announced that it will recognise and protect ‘scotch whisky’ as a Geographical Indication (GI).

Scotch whisky exports are up 17% compared with last year, with nine of the category’s top ten markets in growth.

Global drinks giant Diageo has opened the doors of its new £40 million distillery in Speyside, Scotland.

Scottish Labour’s Alcohol Commission has rejected the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) proposal for minimum pricing.

According to the Scotch Whisky Association more than 5 bottles of scotch are shipped to France every second.

A 56% increase in exports confirmed Scotch whisky’s growing popularity in Brazil in 2009, according to new figures published by the UK-based Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Global exports of scotch whisky reached record levels in 2009 despite the economic downturn in some major markets, according to annual figures published by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Scottish Government plans to introduce alcohol minimum pricing have suffered a further setback, according to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

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