Scotland

The new up-cycled mash tun bar at Blair Athol

Diageo sees rise in Scotch whisky tourism

By Rachel Arthur

Diageo has seen a 7% rise in the number of tourists visiting its 12 distillery visitor centres in Scotland, which it says highlights another boom year for Scotch whisky tourism. 

Whisky and salmon are the biggest Scottish exports (by value). Pic:iStock/ronniechua

Scotch whisky exports rise

By Rachel Arthur

Scotch whisky exports increased by £79m ($100m) in the first quarter of 2017, coming in as one of the top two UK export products by value, along with Scottish salmon. 

Loch Sunart, on the west coast of Scotland. Pic:iStock/PHoyle

Tourism organisation launches ‘Spirit of Scotland’ craft beer

Crafting a new market: Scotland highlights opportunities for craft beer & tourism

By Rachel Arthur

The Scottish craft beer industry has the potential to capitalize on the food and drink tourism market (worth £900m / $1,192m a year to Scotland’s visitor economy), and the national tourism organization has launched a special ‘Spirit of Scotland’ craft...

Scotland’s bottle deposit return scheme would cost producers: Partington

Scots ‘bottle tax’ fears for UK drinks industry

By Noli Dinkovski

Drinks companies would suffer “very significant financial implications” if the Scottish government were to implement a ‘bottle tax’ through a nationwide deposit return system on beverage containers, the head of a leading trade body has claimed.

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