|6 November 2015|

The recent decline in Scotch whisky is slowing with exports in the first six months of 2015 reaching £1.7 billion.

With new distilleries opening and innovative thinking and practices proving a hallmark of this traditional industry, the signs point to a positive future for Scotland’s national drink.

David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: “We’re starting to see some strong signals for growth and we continue to believe the long-term prospects for Scotch whisky remain good. This is reflected in the large number of new distilleries opening, with half a dozen starting production in the last year or so.

“The growth of Single Malt exports shows that premium products are ever more popular.  We had a decade of record growth, there was then a decline in exports in recent years largely because of the slowdown in the emerging markets, but signs of improvement are on the horizon.

“We will continue to push for more open access to markets by pressing for the removal of barriers such as high tariffs and unfair levels of taxation. Scotch needs a level playing field, in the UK and overseas, to continue to be a Scottish success story.”