Scotch Whisky Association Members Day 2017

Scotch Whisky Association Members Day 2017 “Growing Scotch Whisky in a time of change”


John White & Son was part of one of the main events in the Whisky Industry for 2017!

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) works to sustain Scotch Whisky’s place as the world’s leading high-quality spirit drink and its long-term growth worldwide. SWA’s role is to advance the global interest and profile of Scotch Whisky, SWA’s members and of the industry as a whole.

How Scotch Whisky will continue to grow in a time of change was discussed at a gathering of the iconic industry in Edinburgh.The challenges and opportunities of Brexit were the subject of a panel discussion at the Scotch Whisky Association’s Members’ Day. The meeting comes just days after the SWA issued figures showing Scotch Whisky exports returned to growth last year following a short period of decline, with value up 4% to just over £4 billion. Exports were partly boosted by weak sterling following the Brexit vote, but the trade body is calling on the Government to support the industry through the challenges, as well as the opportunities, of this seismic change.

SWA acting chief executive Julie Hesketh-Laird opened the day by telling delegates of recent developments impacting the Scotch Whisky industry. As well as the vote to leave the EU last year and exports growing, the industry cemented its contribution to the UK economy and society. It adds £5bn of value annually and supports more than 40,000 jobs.

Also speaking on the day at the Assembly Rooms, Pierre Pringuet, SWA chairman and vice president of Pernod Ricard, told delegates of the contribution the trade body is making to ensure that Scotch Whisky industry’s voice is heard by government as it negotiates the position of the UK after Brexit.

The keynote external speaker at the event Keith Brown, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, said: “There can be no doubt about the importance of the whisky industry to Scotland. Many of the distilleries lie in the heart of our rural communities, where every job counts, and through the creation of employment and input into local economies, we can see these communities thrive.

For JWS this was a chance to meet our existing clients and introduce ourselves to some of the newer distilleries in the industry. The day was a great way for JWS to further cement our standing in the Bottling Hall and Distillery sectors of the whisky industry.


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