Scotch whisky exports grew by 3% in value in 2009

Scotch whisky exports grew by 3% in value in 2009

Whisky led a record increase in Scottish drinks exports in 2009, according to Scottish Development International (SDI).

Figures from the Government-run organisation, published today (20 May), show Scotch whisky exports grew by 3% in value to GBP3.13bn (US$4.48bn) in 2009.

Continuing success was enjoyed in France (+13% in value) and the US (+13%), with Brazil (+44%) and South Africa (+7%) both representing significant emerging markets in 2009.

International demand for Scottish food and drink is due in part to a drive on provenance by Scottish manufacturers, SDI said.

“The combination of sustained growth in existing markets and strong interest in Scottish produce from emerging markets means that our food and drink exports have continued to soar,” said David Smith, interim chief executive of SDI.