Scotch whisky

Whisky production to resume despite virus concerns

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A number of whisky bottling plants which suspended work due to coronavirus are set to reopen.

The GMB Scotland union says facilities owned by Edrington, Inver House and North British have approached staff about coming back to work.

Other firms in the whisky and spirits industry, such as Diageo and Grants, have kept open plants with scaled-back operations.

Trade unions argue that all production should be halted due to Covid-19.

Edrington said a "controlled restart" with a significantly reduced number of staff would allow it to sustain the business and help safeguard employment.

While its bottling facilities in Glasgow and Speyside will re-open on Monday the company's distilleries will remain closed for at least three months.

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Whisky and salmon sales climb

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Scottish exports of whisky and salmon both grew strongly last year, according to new figures.

HMRC statistics showed sales of Scotch overseas grew by 4.4% to £4.91bn, with growth seen in more than 100 of its global markets.

Salmon exports reached a record £618m, a 22% increase on the previous year, while the tonnage exported rose by 26% to more than 94,000 tonnes.