You are currently viewing the International Edition. You can also switch to the Hong Kong Edition.
Friday 3 July 2015

Scheme launched to prevent Scotch fraud

10th January, 2014 by Lauren Eads

Tighter security measures have been introduced to help prevent fraud within the Scotch whisky industry.

whiskyThe Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme, launched by MP Danny Alexander and the Scotch Whisky Association, will mean all businesses involved in the production process will have to register with UK Customs to ensure they comply fully with the rules on producing Scotch.

The checks will stretch to all businesses inside and out of Scotland including distilleries, maturation facilities, blending and bottling plants.

Scotch whisky is protected as a Geographical Indication (GI) meaning it can only be produced in Scotland.

The new measures will give whisky the same protection as Cognac and will go some way to reassuring consumers they are buying the genuine article.

David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said: “Geographical Indication status is of great commercial value to the Scotch Whisky industry. This is a step change in the protection of Scotch whisky and should be warmly welcomed.

“We fully support the introduction of the verification scheme by the UK Government. It will give even more protection to consumers of Scotch whisky.

“It will greatly improve the industry’s ability to stop the sale of adulterated Scotch whiskies bottles abroad.”

The total annual cost of the verification scheme, around £350,000, will be shared across the Scotch whisky industry in accordance with EU rules.

Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: “I’m delighted that this scheme is now up and running, helping protect one of the UK’s most important and successful export industries.

“The verification scheme will make sure people who buy Scotch get what they pay for – the finest spirit in the world.

“The Scotch whisky industry is now worth around £4 billion to the Scottish economy and employs more than 10,000 people in Scotland.

“The booming Scotch whisky industry is a huge asset to Scotland and the UK which benefits from being part of the UK and European market.

“The UK Government is doing its bit today to step in and make sure cheap fakes don’t undermine this unique global export.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

If that's interesting, how about these?

Top 10 banned alcoholic drinks

The drinks trade has seen its fair share of drinks banned from public more...

Top 10 wine brands 2015

In a year that saw major shifts in the global wine market, the drinks business more...

Machine makes 'non-clinking' ice cubes

An Italian design company has joined forced with Chivas to launch a machine more...

Business Development Executive

London, United Kingdom

£25-£30K + benefits, depending on experience

Lidl hints at plans for online wine shop

UK supermarket Lidl has not ruled out launching an online wine shop, reporting more...

Top 10 worst estates for en primeur returns

Using Liv-ex's data, db rounds up the worst 10 châteaux for en primeur more...

Top 10 ways to reuse a wine bottle

If you are anything like the db team, it won't take long to amass a collection more...

Digital and Communications Executive

£22,000-£26,000 dependent on experience

10 richest people in the UK drinks trade

As The Sunday Times Rich List 2015 reveals the wealthiest individuals in more...

The London Wine Fair in pictures

From red trews and foie gras macaroons to 2CVs, wine on tap and temporary more...

Top 10 estates for en primeur returns

db rounds up the 10 best Bordeaux estates for en primeur returns on more...

E-commerce, Sales & Marketing Executive

London, United Kingdom

Competitive salary and bonus package based on experience and qualification.

World's most extravagant wineries

With Château Margaux preparing to unveil its new winery and cellar, designed more...

How to become a 'wine expert' in four hours

A doctor of psychology has devised 10 simple steps which he claims can set you more...

Whisky has 'regained its attractiveness'

Scotch whisky is moving beyond its traditional consumer base and has "regained more...

Wine Buyer

London, United Kingdom

Based on experience

SWA creates heavyweight London team

The Scotch Whisky Association has appointed a number of senior high-fliers from more...

WW1 Scotch to be auctioned

A bottle of Scotch whisky purportedly belonging to a soldier in the First World more...

Top 10 architectural wonders of the wine world

You don't have to look far to find stunning examples of architectural prowess more...

PR Senior Account Manager/Director

London, United Kingdom

Depending on experience

Diageo 'shelves' £240m Chinese scheme

Swellfun, the Chinese subsidiary of drinks giant Diageo, has reportedly more...

Prince Charles enjoys Scotch tour

HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, paid a visit to a number of Scotch whisky more...

US Senate passes bill to boost spirits exports

The US senate has been applauded by members of the spirits trade for passing a more...

International Business Development Assistant

London, United Kingdom

To be determined, based on the profile and experience of the candidate

William Grant in World Cup deal

William Grant & Sons has been awarded exclusive spirits and champagne pouring more...

Top 10 modern wine drinker stereotypes

From Rioja lovers to Champagne quaffers, the drinks business has more...