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Scotch whisky exports are on-course to register a sixth consecutive record year in value terms, following a strong showing in the first nine months of 2011.

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Exports of Scotch whisky jumped by 23% for the nine months to the end of September, to GBP3bn (US$4.7bn), the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) said today (2 December). Consumer demand in emerging regions, such as Latin America and Asia, combined with continued growth in the US and France to drive exports.

The figures suggest Scotch distillers are heading for a sixth consecutive year of record exports by value. In 2010, exports reached GBP3.45bn. A spokesperson for the SWA told just-drinks: "Obviously, it's hard to predict, but if growth continues at that pace then we're on-track to break the record."

She said that the association "hasn't seen any sign of a slowdown yet", despite fragile economic conditions, predominantly in Europe. For now, there is confidence in the industry that Scotch consumers are spread widely enough around the globe for the category to weather a downturn in one region. 

Separately, the SWA announced today that The Edrington Group's CEO, Ian Curle, will become SWA chairman. He will replace Diageo's CEO, Paul Walsh, who has held the position for four years.


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