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The wine category in 2017 - Review

As the year draws to a close, just-drinks takes a look back at the stories that have made the headlines across the global drinks industry ov...

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...

Ian Buxton | 1 Feb 2017

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.

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

Olly Wehring | 30 Nov 2017

Diageo has quelled speculation that it has moved to slow its production of Scotch whisky, in light of the UK's vote to leave the European Union last year.

Andy Morton | 24 Nov 2017

Industry trade groups have welcomed a move by China to cut tariffs on some of its spirits categories.

Lucy Britner | 2 Nov 2017

Scotch whisky exports were up more than 3% in value terms during the first six months of 2017, though volumes dropped in the period, further indicating a move by consumers towards higher priced whiskies. 

Andy Morton | 18 Oct 2017

UK alcohol trade bodies have joined with their European counterparts to form a united front on Brexit.

Andy Morton | 12 Oct 2017

UK Scotch whisky sales fell 3% in the first six months of the year, new government figures have revealed.

Andy Morton | 21 Sep 2017

The spirits industry has hailed the implementation of a new trade deal that eliminates almost all import tariffs between Canada and the EU.

Lucy Britner | 29 Aug 2017

The Scotch Whisky Association has applied for Geographical Indication status in New Zealand. 

Olly Wehring | 11 May 2017

The UK's decision to leave the European Union could help speed up the Scotch whisky category's presence in the burgeoning Indian spirits market, according to the head of Diageo.

Andy Morton | 28 Apr 2017

Brexit helped Scotch whisky exports return to growth last year as a weakened Pound pushed their total value up by 4%, new figures show.

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.

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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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