Nine out of Scotch Whiskyâ€™s top ten export markets grew in value over the first six months of 2010, according to new figures published by The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). Global shipments between January -June 2010 were valued at Â£1.47bn, up 17% on the first half of 2009, as Scotch Whisky showed the way towards export-led economic recovery.
Amongst the top ten markets, shipments to countries such as South Africa (+44%), the USA (+34%) and France (+6%) increased in value. Tough economic conditions in Greece, however, resulted in lower exports ( -9%). Single Malt Scotch Whisky exports rose by 31% (to Â£242m), with Blended Scotch Whisky shipments also up 9% (to Â£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 Â£57m. The global volume of Scotch Whisky shipments rose by 3%, with the equivalent of 477m bottles exported. Gavin Hewitt, SWA Chief Executive, said: â€œScotch Whisky distillers continue quietly and consistently to deliver impressive exports in many markets."