Scotch whisky contributes to the UK economy nearly £5bn a year. The figures were announced after The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) said that more than 40,000 jobs were supported by the industry across the UK, including 7,000 in rural areas.
The research also found that Scotch whisky made a positive contribution to the UK’s balance of trade of almost £3.7bn.
Exports were estimated to worth about £4bn while imports, such as packaging and casks, totaled only £200m.
The study also suggested that the UK’s trade deficit in goods of £115bn would be 3% larger without whisky’s contribution.
SWA said the research reinforced Scotch whisky’s position as a “strategically important” industry for the UK.
In a statement, SWA said: “Scotch is a significant contributor to rural employment, supporting often fragile local economies.”