Scotch Whisky Association
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|Scotch Whisky Association|
|Legal status||Non-profit organisation (limited liability company registered in Edinburgh)|
|Purpose/focus||Scotch whisky in the UK|
|Location||20 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 8HF|
|Membership||55 Scotch whisky producers|
|Chief Executive||Gavin Hewitt CMG|
|Main organ||SWA Council|
The Scotch Whisky Association is a trade organisation that represents the Scotch whisky industry. The Scotch whisky industry is an important part of the Scottish economy, and particularly the Scottish export market.
- Beam Inc.
- John Dewar & Sons
- Drambuie Liqueur Company
- The Edrington Group
- William Grant & Sons
- John Haig
- Highland Distillers
- Scotch Malt Whisky Society
- William Teacher & Sons
- John Walker & Sons
Of these, Diageo and the Edrington Group are the largest.
Its stated purpose is to promote, protect and represent the interests of the whisky industry in Scotland and around the world. Similar to the Portman Group, it also promotes responsible drinking, with campaigns to curb drinking to excess.
It was formed on 17 April 1942. It became a limited company in 1960.
There are over 2,500 brands of Scotch whisky around the world. The SWA's members represent over 95% of Scotch whisky production.
There are four areas in Scotland with distinguishing types of whisky:
Highland Malts and Grain Whisky are produced all over Scotland.
- Safe drinking in November 2009
- Industry protection in November 2009
- Protecting the integrity of the industry in December 2007
- One billion bottles exported in April 2007
- 981 million bottles exported in April 2004
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