MSP welcomes whisky report

Nanette Milne MSP visiting the Royal Lochnagar distillery.
Nanette Milne MSP visiting the Royal Lochnagar distillery.

Nanette Milne MSP has welcomed the latest figures published by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) which showed that Scotch Whisky exports increased in value by 12% in the 12 months to the end of June.

Growth was seen in the USA, Venezuela, Germany and in exports to Russia through the Baltic states in the first six months of this year. Asia remained steady with good growth in Taiwan.

This helped Scotch Whisky exports maintain their value in the first half of 2012 at £1.8 billion, despite continuing pressure in some Eurozone countries and the after-effect of an increase of shipments to France last year ahead of a substantial tax rise.

Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East said: “The whisky industry is a real success story for the Scottish economy with rising exports now helping to deliver the jobs and investment at home.

“Whisky is a major and growing part of the Scottish economy, providing good quality employment and a huge amount of prestige from internationally renowned brands. The greater legal protection for the brand in China secured by the UK Conservative Government is helping to provide the platform for the industry to grow and develop in the future.”

Gavin Hewitt, chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, said: “Over the past year the value of Scotch Whisky exports has continued to increase and we’re delighted to build on our outstanding success in 2011 with 12% growth in the last 12 months.”