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The SWA said Australia is "one of the worst markets for non-certified ScotchAUS: SWA wins certification right in battle against "fake" Scotch

15 April 2014

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has claimed a victory in “one of the worst markets for fake Scotch” after the spirit was registered as a certification trademark in Australia.

GLOBAL: Scotch whisky FY exports flat as China troubles bite

11 April 2014

Export sales of Scotch whisky by value were flat last year as shipments to China fell sharply, but demand in the US and India hit a record high.

UK: Diageo defends flavoured whisky rowback

27 March 2014

Diageo has said rapid growth in the North American flavoured whiskey category convinced it to create J&B Urban Honey despite previous claims it had “no plans” to enter the flavoured Scotch sub-category.

UK: Scotch whisky posts UK volumes drop - figures

12 March 2014

Scotch whisky's home market has appeared immune to booming global demand for the spirit, with new figures showing the UK volumes for the category fell last year by 3%.

GLOBAL: Pernod Ricard reveals SWA role in Ballantine's Brasil launch

11 March 2014

Pernod Ricard's Ballantine's brand worked “hand in glove” with the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) over its newly-launched Brasil variant, one of the first Scotch-based 'spirit drinks' from a major distiller.

Editor's Viewpoint - Scottish Independence - It's Okay to Have an Opinion

27 February 2014

On Thursday 18 September, the residents of Scotland will take to the polls to consider a question, their answer to which could have huge repercussions: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

UK: "Clarity" needed on Scottish independence as whisky industry stays neutral

27 February 2014

The trade body for the Scotch whisky industry has called for “clarity” ahead of the independence referendum in Scotland later this year, with three major whisky producers declining to join either the 'yes' or 'no' camp.

UK: New SWA head eyes post-election for India FTA push

21 February 2014

The new chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association has said he hopes more progress on cutting India's duty on international wines and spirits can be made after upcoming elections in the country.

UK: Scottish minimum price battle heads back to court

30 January 2014

The next stage in the long-running legal battle over minimum unit pricing in Scotland is set to kick-off next week.

The just-drinks Interview - Edrington CEO Ian Curle - Part II

23 January 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.

UK: WSTA defends industry "influence" on minimum pricing U-turn

8 January 2014

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has branded as “fundamentally flawed” an investigation from senior doctors that claims the UK government was “subverted” by the drinks industry over a U-turn on minimum pricing.

UK: Scotch Whisky Association welcomes new CEO, reveals internal changes

2 January 2014

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has a new chief executive as of today (2 January), while the trade body has confirmed two other internal job switches.

UK: Scotch whisky industry flags green success - study

16 December 2013

The Scotch whisky industry claims to have cut greenhouse gas emissions by 10% since 2008.

UK: Scotch Whisky Assocation targets alcohol abuse with US$820,000 fund launch

9 December 2013

Industry group the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is investing GBP500,000 (US$820,000) in a new fund to tackle alcohol-related harm in Scotland.

UK: Scotch whisky entering third "golden era" - study

4 October 2013

Nine out of ten bottles of Scotch whisky produced are now exported, while the industry has reached its third “golden era”, a business advisory firm has claimed.

Comment - Spirits - I’m From the Government and I’m Here to Help

25 September 2013

The results of a consultation document regarding veryfing the geographical origin and production and aging processes for Scotch whisky will be published in the coming weeks. But, asks, Ian Buxton, is such a procedure necessary? And, what does the industry think?

UK: Scotch Whisky Association lines up new head

16 September 2013

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has appointed a new chief executive as Gavin Hewitt prepares to step down after ten years in charge.

UK: Diageo, Pernod Ricard on track with Scotch train trial

13 September 2013

Diageo and Pernod Ricard have teamed up with other Scotch whisky makers to start twice-weekly shipments from Speyside by train.

just the Facts - Top 20 Scotch Whisky Export Markets - H1 2013

4 September 2013

Earlier today (4 September), the Scotch Whisky Association released details on Scotch exports in the six months to the end of June. Here, courtesy of the trade body, is a table of the 20 largest markets.

UK: Scotch exports back on track as US sales boom

4 September 2013

Scotch sales in the US have jumped by almost a third in the first half of this year as surging global whisky exports defied predictions of a slowdown, new figures have shown.

UK: Scotch whisky producers gear up for verification scheme

2 September 2013

Scotch whisky producers will soon be expected to apply to the UK Government to have their brands verified as originating from Scotland, under a new scheme.

N ZEALAND: William Grant & Sons fights trademark battle over 'DoubleWood'

27 August 2013

William Grant & Sons is facing a legal showdown with a New Zealand whisky distillery over the trademark 'DoubleWood'.

INDIA: Former Diageo CEO joins United Spirits' board

19 August 2013

The former CEO of Diageo has been appointed as a non-executive director on the board of United Spirits.

UK: Government drops minimum unit pricing

17 July 2013

The UK Coalition Government has officially abandoned plans to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol in England and Wales.

just the Round-Up - The week in drinks

21 June 2013

The top ten stories published on just-drinks last week:

INDIA: International wine, spirits duty set for marked cut?

17 June 2013

The Scotch Whisky Association has calmed reports that Indian authorities have offered to cut the duty on international wine and spirits from 150% to 40%.

UK: Tesco agrees ban on strong beers to gain licence

14 June 2013

Tesco has agreed to not sell beer and cider stronger than 5.5% abv in order to secure an alcohol licence from a Scottish council.

UK: Scots Government 'disappointed' over minimum price battle

23 May 2013

A Scottish Government official has said that the drinks industry's on-going legal challenge over minimum unit pricing is "disappointing", and has argued there is no need for the policy to be decided by European authorities.

Comment - Wehring's Way - Minimum Unit Pricing: A Long and Winding Road

3 May 2013

The headlines today (3 May) may suggest that minimum unit pricing is on its way in Scotland. But, for those in our industry who oppose the proposal, there's no need to panic yet. There's still a way to go.

UK: Spirits trade body to appeal judgement backing Scottish minimum unit pricing

3 May 2013

The European trade organisation for spirits has said that it will appeal the legal ruling handed down this morning in favour of minimum unit pricing in Scotland.

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