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Spirits leads the latest invasion of Africa

Last month, Diageo handed the microphone to the head of its operations in Africa. Spirits commentator Ian Buxton was among those of us who l...

What's coming up in spirits in 2017? - Comment

Rounding off our series of predictions for the year ahead, Ian Buxton gives us his forecasts for whisk(e)y in the next 12 months....

Ian Buxton | 4 Oct 2016

This month, spirits commentator Ian Buxton ponders the conclusions bandied about following the publication of Scotch whisky export numbers for the first six months of 2016.

Richard Woodard | 24 May 2016

just-drinks, in association with The IWSR, presents this seven-part review of the Scotch whisky category. In part one, we look at how the sector has performed in recent years.

Andy Morton | 18 May 2016

Tucked in to a trading estate in the Scottish county of Fife, beside a local dry cleaning firm and a rubber moulding factory, InchDairnie Distillery is an unusual spot for a whisky revolution.

Andy Morton | 23 Dec 2015

The expectation was that the long-awaited European Court of Justice ruling on minimum unit pricing would finally determine whether the practice is legal in the EU.

Latest Interviews

Andy Morton | 23 Feb 2016

It is late afternoon on what has been a long day. But, Mark Reynier, formerly the head of Bruichladdich and now founder of Renegade Spirits, still has the energy to vent his grievances over the Irish whiskey industry he has inhabited for just over a year.

Olly Wehring | 12 Feb 2015

In the second part of just-drinks' exclusive interview with the outgoing CEO of Pernod Ricard, Pierre Pringuet, here he looks back at some of the deals that have shaped the company, and his role in their negotiation.

Latest News

Lucy Britner | 27 Mar 2017

The trade body for Scotch whisky has hailed a Scottish move to drive growth across the country's farming, fishing, food and drink sectors.

Lucy Britner | 8 Mar 2017

Trade bodies across the UK drinks industry have expressed frustration over the Government's decision today to increase alcohol duty in line with inflation.

Olly Wehring | 2 Mar 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association has confirmed the appointment of a former UK ambassador as its new chief executive.

Lucy Britner | 14 Feb 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association has called on Members of the European Parliament to vote in favour of a trade agreement between the European Union and Canada.

Lucy Britner | 9 Feb 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has said it will work with the Scottish Craft Distillers Association (SCDA) to support the broader Scotch whisky industry. 

Andy Morton | 22 Dec 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association has said it is hoping for a final ruling on Scotland's Minimum Unit Pricing legislation next year, after it was granted permission to appeal to the UK's highest court.

Lucy Britner | 12 Dec 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and the Brazilian Institute of Cachaca (IBRAC) have signed an agreement to protect their respective categories. 

Andy Morton | 18 Nov 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association is to take its battle over minimum unit pricing out of Scotland with an appeal to the UK's highest court.

Andy Morton | 25 Oct 2016

The chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, David Frost, is stepping down to become an advisor to UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Andy Morton | 21 Oct 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has said it may appeal to the UK's highest court after Scotland’s justice system delivered a major blow to its efforts against minimum pricing.

Andy Morton | 27 Sep 2016

Taiwan has joined the list of high-value markets where Scotch is registered as a trademark.

Andy Morton | 16 Sep 2016

Scotch whisky exports grew six-month volumes for the first time in three years, new figures show, but sales remained down as key markets Taiwan and France underperformed.

Andy Morton | 16 Sep 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association has welcomed new draught regulations in India that bring authorities one step closer to having clear definitions for alcohol categories.

Andy Morton | 3 Aug 2016

The Scotch Whisky Association has warned of major uncertainty ahead as Brexit puts the UK's tariff-free access to important global markets including South Korea and South Africa at risk.

Olly Wehring | 24 Jun 2016

Yesterday, the UK voted to leave the European Union. The result of the referendum fell 52% in favour of the so-called 'Brexit'. We'll keep you up to date throughout the day on drinks industry reaction.

Andy Morton | 17 May 2016

Scotch whisky exports continued to lose volumes and value last year as producers faced further global economic headwinds, new figures have shown.

Andy Morton | 9 May 2016

The head of Diageo has warned against the UK leaving the EU, saying a so-called Brexit could jeopardise the industry's global bargaining clout. 

Andy Morton | 2 Mar 2016

Scotch whisky sales in the UK returned to growth in volume terms last year but remained far below historical highs.

Andy Morton | 19 Feb 2016

Scotch whisky has secured geographical indication (GI) status in Mozambique as the category continues to chase protection against fakes in Africa.

Lucy Britner | 13 Jan 2016

The drinks trade has welcomed a European Union request that would see the World Trade Organisation tackle Colombia over what is perceived as being unfair taxation.

Lucy Britner | 4 Dec 2015

The Scotch Whisky Association has opened a London office in a bid to be closer to decision makers.

Olly Wehring | 6 Nov 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's top stories in the spirits & wine categories. We also have similar round-ups for beer & cider and soft drinks & water.

Latest blogs

Olly Wehring | 28 Jan 2015

To support the release of its latest report, entitled ‘The Economic Impact of Scotch Whisky Production in the UK’, trade body The Scotch Whisky Association has released this video, highlighting the size, scale and importance of the Scotch industry.

Company research

Spirits in Vietnam

Spirits in Vietnam

In the forecast period, Scotch whisky exports to Vietnam could be boosted after the EU and Vietnam reached a deal in principle over a free trade agreement (FTA)....

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Global Scotch insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends

Global Scotch insights - market forecasts, product innovatio

This edition of our global Scotch report contains the latest data from The IWSR combined with our unique analyst insights and brand interview extracts. It forecasts the future of both blended and malt...

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