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Spirit Production in the UK: Market Research Report

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Spirit Production Market Research Report | SIC C11.010 | Feb 2016

Taste of success: Operators are expected to develop more drinks with unusual flavours

The Spirit Production market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Chivas Brothers Ltd Chivas Brothers Ltd market share
Diageo plc Diageo plc market share
Edrington Group Ltd Edrington Group Ltd market share
William Grant and Sons Distillers Ltd William Grant and Sons Distillers Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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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


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What is the Spirit Production Industry?

Firms in this industry distil, bottle and sell spirits and liqueurs to wholesalers, retailers and the on-trade. The industry does not include the exclusive practice of bottling and labelling spirits without manufacturing them.

Industry Products
WhiskyGinOther spiritsPure alcoholPre-mixed beveragesVodka
Industry Activities
Distilling and bottling whiskyDistilling and bottling ginDistilling and bottling vodkaDistilling and bottling liqueurs

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