Scotch whisky can only be produced in Scotland

Scotch whisky can only be produced in Scotland

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

Trade body the Scotch Whisky Association said today that Mozambique approved the GI application after a visit this week from the UK's Scottish secretary, David Mundell. The approval follows Botswana's in July and that of the 17 African nations in the Organisation Africaine de la Propriete Intellectuelle (OAPI) in September.

Direct Scotch shipments to Mozambique were just GBP1.6m (US$2.3m) in 2014, up from GBP214,232 five years earlier, the SWA said. A lot of the Scotch destined for Mozambique goes through distribution hubs in South Africa. 

SWA chief executive David Frost said: "We expect to see demand for Scotch to increase in Mozambique as its economy continues to grow. We have the same positive outlook for many African countries with a growing middle class seeking out quality, imported products, such as Scotch."

According to the SWA, Scotch is now officially recognised in the laws of about 100 countries, including the whole of the EU.