Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Spirit Production industry has performed well during the past five years. Exports have driven growth for much of the period with UK whisky and gin brands proving popular abroad. Scotch whisky in particular propelled the industry forward at the start of the period as it maintained its reputation as a global powerhouse, accounting for the largest volume of exports in the Scottish manufacturing sector. Booming demand encouraged many whisky producers to introduce innovative new variations or expressions of their whiskies. Limited editions proved particularly popular in China, where rare luxury spirits have been popular choices for business gifts... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
The most important areas for the industry are Scotland and London, but there are also distilleries located throughout Britain.
Roughly three quarters of industry revenue is generated from whisky, which is mostly made in Scotland. As a result 53.3% of industry establishments are located in Scotland, where they have been distilled since the 14th century. Since the climate is not suitable for growing grapes, spirits were made from barley beer instead, leading to the development of Scotch whisky. The combination of abundant fresh water, peat and the Scottish climate give whisky distilled in Scotland a unique flavour. Under EU and other laws, whisky may only be described as Scotch whisky if it has been wholly distilled and matured in Scotland for three years... purchase to read more