Blackwood Distillers hopes to have the world’s first online whisky futures trading platform operating by the end of next month. The platform, set up by New York hedge fund managers with the Shetland Islands distiller, will allow traders and customers to buy and sell options on the whisky distilled on the island of Unst where Blackwood is converting an abandoned RAF base into a distillery. The Sunday Telegraph says the principle of how the whisky will be traded is similar to the en primeur system of wine trading. The Sunday Telegraph (Business) 25/06/06 page 3