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UK: Scotland rejects minimum drinks pricing, again

10 Nov 2010

Members of Scotland's Parliament have rejected minimum pricing for alcoholic drinks in their third and final vote on the policy.

CHINA: Scotch whisky gets trademark protection

8 Nov 2010

Scotch whisky distillers have welcomed China's move to legally protect their products from copycats.

GLOBAL: Scotch whisky exports jump in H1 - figures

5 Nov 2010

Scotch whisky exports rose by 17% in value in the first half of 2010, led by rebounding consumer demand in key markets.

EUR/S KOREA: Spirits body hails EU, South Korea trade deal

7 Oct 2010

Sales of Scotch whisky and Cognac to South Korea are set to rise strongly after the country signed a trade deal with the European Union.

UK: Bacardi upbeat on Dewar's Scotch whisky prospects

5 Oct 2010

Bacardi has reported strong consumer demand for its Dewar's Scotch whisky after completing the first phase of a ten-year, US$250m project to increase distilling and storage capacity.

UK: Diageo debuts GBP40m Scotch whisky distillery

28 Sep 2010

Diageo is preparing to open the first major Scotch whisky distillery for 30 years to help the Johnnie Walker distiller cater for growing demand in emerging markets.

UK: Minimum pricing shot down in Parliament

22 Sep 2010

Plans to implement a minimum price on alcoholic drinks in Scotland have been dealt a fatal blow by opposition politicians in the country's Parliament.

EU/S KOREA: Europe, South Korea trade deal warms Scotch whisky producers

16 Sep 2010

The Scotch whisky industry has welcomed the European Council's approval of a free trade agreement with South Korea.

Update - UK: Opposition prepares to scupper minimum pricing bill

2 Sep 2010

Opposition parties are preparing to torpedo the Scottish Government's last-ditch attempt to impose a minimum price on alcoholic drinks when the proposal comes up for debate next week.

UK: Minimum pricing added to Scotland's Alcohol Bill

2 Sep 2010

The Scottish Government has launched a last-ditch push to secure a minimum price on alcoholic drinks in the country, despite being outnumbered in the country's Parliament.

Comment - Filling the minimum pricing void

31 Aug 2010

Plans to introduce a minimum price on alcoholic drinks in the UK are hanging by a thread due to a lack of political support, but the drinks industry cannot agree on what should happen next.

Comment - Scotch whisky exports set for solid H1

27 Aug 2010

All the evidence is pointing toward a buoyant first half of 2010 for Scotch whisky exports, with the Scotch Whisky Association in a tellingly confident mood.

UK: Scotland Gov't waters down minimum pricing plan

5 Aug 2010

Scotland's Government has stepped back from demanding a minimum price on alcoholic drinks in the face of strong opposition from other political parties.

UK: Morrison Bowmore toasts strong trading

13 Jul 2010

Morrison Bowmore Distillers has said it is on course for a strong year after bucking a decline in the single malt Scotch whisky market in 2009.

CHINA: Scotch whisky to get protected GI status

9 Jul 2010

Scotch whisky distillers are toasting a commitment by China's Government to introduce protected name status for their products.

GLOBAL: Pernod Ricard rebrands Aberlour Scotch whisky

2 Jul 2010

Pernod Ricard's Chivas Brothers division has given its Aberlour single malt Scotch whisky a makeover.

UK: Business council opposes minimum pricing

30 Jun 2010

The Scottish branch of the Confederation of British Industry has side with opponents of plans to introduce a minimum price on alcoholic drinks.

Comment - CBC - If You Ask Me ... - UK Budget a Mixed Bag for Alcohol Industry

22 Jun 2010

There was little comfort expected in the UK for anyone from this Budget, one which the Chancellor himself described, before he unveiled details, as the harshest in 30 years.

just the Facts – Scotch whisky fuels Scotland

3 Jun 2010

Scotch whisky is worth GBP4bn (US$5.87bn) a year in added value to the Scottish economy, shows a study commissioned by The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Comment - Picking through the NICE report

2 Jun 2010

Meddling with the price of alcohol is going to be tricky for a Government that instinctively recoils from policies which might jeopardise free market competition.

just the facts - Scotch whisky exports

7 May 2010

Global exports of Scotch Whisky reached record levels in 2009 despite the economic downturn in some major markets, according to annual figures published by The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).

Comment - A Word with Woodard - Premium without the premium

29 Apr 2010

Following our discussion of premiumisation in the spirits industry with Diageo's CMO earlier this week, Richard Woodard queries a new, Scotch whisky addition to the price bracket. Is premiumisation a victory of style over substance? Or does it satisfy a genuine consumer desire? The answer, of course, is both.

GLOBAL: Scotch whisky discounting "unsustainable" - survey

22 Apr 2010

Almost a third of the Scotch whisky industry believes that the current discounting and promotional environment in Europe is unsustainable, according to a just-drinks survey.

GLOBAL: Scotch whisky exports climb in 2009 – figures

15 Apr 2010

Global exports of Scotch whisky reached record levels last year, according to recent figures, despite a drag in the Asia region.

UK - Budget 2010: Jobs warning as Government hikes alcohol duty tax

24 Mar 2010

Drinks trade bodies have reacted with widespread disappointment to news that UK Chancellor Alistair Darling will raise duty tax on drinks for the fourth time in two years.

UK: Scottish Gov't considers Scotch state of play

17 Mar 2010

The Scottish Parliament has held a meeting with senior members of the Scotch whisky industry today (17 March), to consider the state of the sector as well as future growth opportunities.

UK: Minimum pricing will decimate Whyte & Mackay - CEO

12 Mar 2010

The CEO of Whyte & Mackay has warned that the Scotch whisky group may "cease to exist" if Scotland's Government pushes ahead with plans to introduce a minimum price on alcoholic drinks.

EUR: European Court delivers minimum pricing ruling

5 Mar 2010

Scottish plans to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol have been dealt a blow by a ruling from the European Court of Justice.

Focus - Is minimum alcohol pricing dead in the water?

23 Feb 2010

Plans to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland appear to be faltering, while political support for such a move south of the border appears thin on the ground. With questionable legality under EU law a key stumbling block, Ben Cooper examines the question of minimum pricing in the context of the wider alcohol policy debate in the EU.

UK: Minimum pricing could cost Scotch whisky GBP600m

11 Feb 2010

A minimum price on alcoholic drinks in Scotland could cost the Scotch whisky industry up to GBP600m (US$937m), with authorities in key export markets likely to follow Scotland's lead, the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has warned.

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