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Comment - Spirits - Where Next for Scotch Whisky?

The Scotch whisky category appears to have hit a tipping point. What does the future look like for the until-recently booming category? Ian...

Scottish Independence and Scotch Whisky

The time is finally here: Today, Scotland decides. Will The Union remain or is Scotland set to declare its independence from the UK? With th...


Sustainability - Are Roadmaps the Way Forward?

Ben Cooper | 7 Nov 2014

Ben Cooper has stumbled upon a term that crops up time and again when it comes to sustainability.


Comment - Scotch Whisky around the World

Ian Buxton | 7 Oct 2014

“May you live in interesting times.” That ancient Chinese proverb, surely apocryphal but horribly apt, seems to apply more than ever to Scotch whisky.


Sustainability in Drinks - Scoring Points

Ben Cooper | 30 Sep 2014

This month, Ben Cooper considers the need for healthy competition among drinks companies when it comes to driving industry-wide sustainability.


Minimum Unit Pricing in Scotland

EurActiv | 16 Sep 2014

Although the Scottish Government's initiative to put a minimum unit pricing (MUP) on alcohol has been referred to the European Court of Justice, some members of Scotland's alcohol industry are backing the initiative to tackle alcohol harm in the country.

Latest Interviews

Interview - Pernod Ricard's Outgoing CEO - Part II

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.


Interview - Edrington CEO Ian Curle Pt II

Olly Wehring | 23 Jan 2014

In the first part of just-drinks' interview with the CEO of Edrington, Ian Curle set out why his company was bringing its global distribution in-house and investing heavily in its The Macallan Scotch whisky. In part two, Curle talks about his company's unique ownership structure and shares his thoughts on the next possible golden era for Scotch.

Latest News

Scotch Whisky Association names London head

Andy Morton | 30 Jun 2015

A UK ambassador to Guatemala and Honduras is to head up the Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA) new London office.


R&B Distillers to open Scotch whisky distillery

Lucy Britner | 26 May 2015

R&B Distillers plans to open the first legal whisky distillery on the island of Raasay, just off the coast of Skye.


Scotch fans spend US$77m on distillery visits

Lucy Britner | 26 May 2015

Scotch whisky distilleries benefitted from 1.5m tourist visits in 2014, according to figures from the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) today.


just a While Ago - On 8 May in...

Olly Wehring | 8 May 2015

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just the week in - Spirits & Wine

Olly Wehring | 2 Apr 2015

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global spirits & wine categories. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & bottled water.


just a While Ago - On 1 April in...

Olly Wehring | 1 Apr 2015

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Scotch whisky FY exports fall as US demand falters

Andy Morton | 1 Apr 2015

Export sales of Scotch whisky dropped by 7% in value terms last year as the category suffered in the US, its biggest market, new figures show.


just a While Ago - On 13 March in...

Olly Wehring | 13 Mar 2015

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SWA to recruit global affairs director

James Wilmore | 8 Jan 2015

The Scotch Whisky Association has announced a shake-up of its senior management, including plans to recruit a global affairs director and the departure of two senior figures.


just a While Ago - On 7 January in...

Olly Wehring | 7 Jan 2015

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in...


Sparkling wine sales still shining in UK - figures

James Wilmore | 22 Dec 2014

Sparkling wine continues to be the star performer in the UK off- and on-trade in 2014, while the flavoured vodka category has endured mixed fortunes, according to latest figures.


just a While Ago - On 5 December in...

Olly Wehring | 5 Dec 2014

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just a While Ago - On 17 November in...

Olly Wehring | 17 Nov 2014

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just the Week in - Spirits & Wine

Olly Wehring | 31 Oct 2014

Here's a round-up of this week's highlights in the global spirits & wine categories. We are also running similar round-ups for beer and soft drinks & bottled water.


just a While Ago - On 27 October in...

Olly Wehring | 27 Oct 2014

Here's a look at what was happening on this day in...


Pernod Ricard unveils new Scotch whisky distillery

James Wilmore | 13 Oct 2014

Pernod Ricard has completed the construction of a new Scotch whisky distillery ahead of schedule, with production due to kick off this month.


LIVE BLOG: Industry responds to Scotland 'No' vote

James Wilmore | 19 Sep 2014

Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom. The 'No' campaign received 55% of votes, compared to 45% of voters in favour of independence. Follow live round-up of reaction from the drinks industry here:


SWA secures ORIGIN membership

Andy Morton | 5 Sep 2014

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has bolstered efforts to protect its geographical status by joining the Organisation for an International Geographical Indications Network (ORIGIN).


Mexico's H1 Tequila exports up 16% - report

Andy Morton | 4 Sep 2014

Mexico's Tequila exports jumped 16% to US$568m in the first half of this year, local media has reported.


Russia bans Ukrainian alcohol - report

James Wilmore | 14 Aug 2014

Russia's food safety watchdog has announced an import ban on a number of beers and spirits produced in Ukraine, according to reports.


Scotch industry on guard for Russia sanctions

Andy Morton | 8 Aug 2014

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is “closely monitoring” Russia's trade sanctions after the country banned food imports from the UK and other western countries.


Scotch whisky gets Myanmar legal protection boost

James Wilmore | 11 Jul 2014

Scotch whisky will receive better legal protection in Myanmar under new rules, while efforts to crack down on fake supplies are being stepped up.

Latest blogs

Scotch is great, says Scotch Whisky Association

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.

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