From Scotch to sanitiser: Covid-19 shakes, stirs industry

Hindustan Times | May 23, 2020 at 11:28 AM
  • Scotch whisky is one of the UK’s largest export sectors, but the coronavirus pandemic has spiked it to such an extent that 87 per cent of distilleries in Scotland have either closed entirely or are operating at reduced capacity – many producing hand sanitisers in bulk.
  • There are currently 133 Scotch whisky distilleries operating in Scotland, shipping 1.3 billion bottles to 175 markets around the world, including India.
  • In 2019, Scotch whisky exports to India were worth £166 million (19.7% rise on 2018 figures) based on shipping 131 million bottles (16.1% rise on 2018).