Depletions of U.S. bottled Scotch Whisky totaled 2 million cases last year according to BMC's DrinkTell™ database. That's about 23.5% of the total consumed domestically, a proportion that's been very slowly slipping. (It was 27% in 2011.) Could U.S. Scotch bottlings now disappear entirely? They would if a new movement launched by the Unite union, which represents industry workers in Scotland has its way.
Unite fears that a possible move by Diageo to end Vodka bottling in Scotland could spread to a move toward overseas bottling of other spirits including Scotch. Lending the idea plausibility is the fact that only Scotch single malt whisky has to be bottled in Scotland. The political climate both in Scotland in the wake of Brexit and the rest of Western Europe and the U.S. does the rest. A conflict billed as a battle between the demands of economic efficiency and the declining need for skilled labor virtually insures a brouhaha to come.