Nine out of Scotch Whisky’s top ten export markets grew in value over the first six months of 2010, according to new figures published today by The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). The exception was Greece (which has obviously been hit harder by the recession than most), where there was a 9% drop in exports of Scotch.
Overall, global Scotch shipments between January and June this year were valued at £1.47bn, which is up 17% compared to the first half of 2009. There were significant increases in the value of shipments to South Africa (+44%) and the USA (+34%).
Single Malt Scotch Whisky exports rose by 31% (to £242m), with Blended Scotch Whisky shipments also up 9% (to £1.1bn), compared to the first half of 2009. New figures revealed for the first time the strength of Blended Malt Scotch Whisky exports, which were valued at £57m.
Whilst the value went up 17%, the global volume of Scotch shipments rose by only 3% (477m bottles exported). The SWA Chief Executive, Gavin Hewitt, this week called for the UK government to “introduce a fair and socially responsible UKexcise duty system”, basically by “taxing all alcohol on the same basis according to alcohol content”.