UK drinks export to India, including scotch whiskey, jumps 50%

Scotch whiskey, gin and other UK drinks exports to India registered a spike of almost 50% during the year ending February 2019, the UK Department of International Trade said April 14, describing the demand in India as “a massive increase.”

India and other non-EU countries accounted for 63.4 percent of all exports, it said, adding that the increase in drinks exports to India grew by 49.2 percent to £179 million ($235 million), the department, which has renewed focus on exports to India in the context of Brexit, said.

October and November saw a spike in beverage exports approximately 23% above the 12-monthly average for drinks exports, as people across the world stocked up on Scotch whiskey and gin ahead of the festive period, the figures show.

Overall, UK exports of beverages, which include British gin, vodka and Scotch whiskey, reached a high of £8.3 billion ($10.9 billion) in the year to February 2019, increasing by 7 percent on the previous year. The US remains the top destination for UK drinks, growing by 3.9 percent to £1.8 billion ($2.3 billion)

Liam Fox, International Trade secretary, said: “Today’s figures show that despite the challenging global economic environment, people across the world are continuing to demand high-quality British exports”.

Sarah Dickson of the Scotch Whisky Association added: “Last year, 41 bottles of Scotch whiskey were shipped from Scotland every second to around 180 global markets, with an export value of £4.7 billion ($6.2 billion).

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