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Who benefits from whisky's success?

Scotland's whisky industry makes more than £5bn each year but most of its profits go to its non-Scots owners.

According to analysis by Biggar Economics consultancy, in work commissioned for BBC Scotland, the Scotch whisky industry spends about £500m on paying fewer than 11,000 direct employees.

BBC Scotland's economy and business editor Douglas Fraser speaks to key figures in the industry about the value of a tax levied on each bottle of Scotch whisky.

Backers of the idea believe the money generated could give Scotland a greater share in the industry's growing success.

It is reckoned a tax of £1 on the production of each bottle could boost Holyrood coffers by at least £1bn.

  • 09 Jan 2013