Memorandum of Understanding between SWA & SCDA

09 Feb 2017

The parties to this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) are:
The Scotch Whisky Association, a company limited by guarantee, and having its registered office at Quartermile Two, 2 Lister Square, Edinburgh EH3 4GL, hereinafter referred to as "the SWA".
The Scottish Craft Distillers Association, an unincorporated association of producers, and having its office at 234 West George Street, Glasgow G2 4QY, hereinafter referred to as "the SCDA".

The commitments apply only to those members of the SCDA engaged in Scotch Whisky production.
The terms "SWA" and "SCDA", unless otherwise stated, mean office-holders and/or the Executives of the Associations, not their members.

The Scotch Whisky Association and the Scottish Craft Distillers Association agree that:

  • Scotch Whisky has developed a reputation around the world for its provenance and quality. It is a significant Scottish and British cultural asset based on authentic and unvarying local methods of production, with distilleries and brands supporting the communities with which they work; creating jobs and boosting growth. It has taken
    investment, time and the skill of dedicated and knowledgeable people to build that reputation. Strong supply chains have been built through fostering understanding of the industry's needs and good support from suppliers;
  • The fundamental legal framework in EU and UK law around Scotch Whisky production, and its status as a Geographical Indication, is important to the success of our product;
  • Successful Scotch Whisky companies with established high-quality brands and overseas markets have experience to offer new entrants into the industry, good practice and lessons learned. Equally, new entrants to the industry will bring fresh approaches and new ideas, driving continued vitality in our well-established sector;
  • Accordingly, much is to be gained through partnership working, to the benefit of all of our members and of the Scottish and UK economies;
  • Through the mutual support set out in this agreement, we aim to boost the whole of the Scotch Whisky industry and associated supply chains, while continuing to offer our own distinct propositions to our Members;
  • Memberships of the SCDA and of the SWA are not alternatives and are fully compatible with each other; but this MOU can function as a stepping stone towards full SWA membership for any SCDA members that wish it and meet the conditions of membership.

The full MOU is available to view and download below.