Scotch whisky exports are currently valued at over £4.5billion per annum, with demand for craft distilled products continuing to grow, as demonstrated by the strong interest in specialist malt, luxury blended whiskies and new gins around the world. In line with this growing demand, there is a corresponding growth in the number of craft distilleries being established across Scotland. It is estimated that the economic value of the sector will be approximately £30m in the next three years, with the potential to reach £50m in 5 years, once whisky producers start selling their matured product. The SCDA was set up to encourage the development and growth of the sector, to network, provide mutual support and to encourage innovation. It is supported by organisations such as Heriot Watt International Centre for Brewing and Distilling, Interface Food and Drink, SAOS and Scottish Enterprise.