A story in The Herald today touts the importance of whisky to the Scottish economy.
and drink is Scotland’s most successful export sector, accounting
for £3.6 billion – with £3 billion of that figure being spirits! This means that of the £18.6bn of total exports during 2005, (excluding oil
and gas), fully 16% was alcohol related!
The US remains the most lucrative
single country for Scottish products, accounting for £2.1 billion
of the market compared with £9.1 billion for all of the European Union countries. Must be all those little stuffed highland cattle dolls we buy.
On a note that hits even closer to home for Edinburgh residents, it was announced that there would be would be outdoor bars at this year’s Hogmanay street party for the first time in the event’s 14-year history. Hooray!
outdoor bars will be set up along Princes Street to sell drink to the
100,000 revellers expected to celebrate New Year in the city center. The bars will be slinging drinks from 8.30pm on Hogmanay (We call it New Year’s Eve – I like Hogmanay better) until 12.30am on New Year’s Day.
Further proof that I need to permanently move to Scotland: Party-goers will also still be allowed to bring their own alcohol in plastic bottles to the event.
Jack Law, chief executive
of Alcohol Focus Scotland, said:
"Having bars at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay party may not make a
great deal of difference to how much people drink because they are
already allowed to take in whatever alcohol they want. But at any such
event where alcohol is sold it must be done in a legal, safe and responsible way to minimise harm for those attending."
And tomorrow – we announce the winners of the 2006 Drammies!!!!