Clegg praises Scotch whisky market

By Lesley Foottit

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Scotch whisky industry, International trade, Scotch whisky

Clegg at the distillery
Clegg at the distillery
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has praised the Scotch whisky industry during a meeting at the Strathisla distillery in Keith. Global exports...

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has praised the Scotch whisky industry during a meeting at the Strathisla distillery in Keith.

Global exports increased by 12% in the first 10 months of last year and shipments between January and October amounted to £2.8m with the biggest increased in exports made to Brazil, Russia, India and China.

"I would like to raise a toast to the Scotch whisky industry, as 2010 shapes up to have been a record year for exports," said Clegg.

"The dynamic Scotch whisky companies are making great strides to exploit new markets and new opportunities and the UK Government will continue to do whatever we can to assist them.

"We signed an agreement with China late last year to ensure there is greater legal protection for whisky in that country. I know from my talks in Scotland today that fair market access and tariff liberalisation in relation to India is a major priority in 2011."

Scotch Wisky Association chief executive Gavin Hewitt added: "Scotch Whisky represents a quarter of all British food and drink exports and makes a significant contribution to the UK balance of trade.

"The industry and Government work closely on securing fair access to our export markets. That is vital to Scotch whisky's continued global success and its contribution to export-led economic growth.

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to discuss our trade priorities with the Deputy Prime Minister during his visit."

Related topics: Spirits & Cocktails

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