There is something more than grain fermenting at MGP these days. The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) and MGP have jointly announced that the Atchison, Kansas-based company has joined the national trade association for producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States.
“MGP has a long proud history in the distilled spirits industry. As a leading supplier of premium distilled spirits, joining DISCUS is an important step in the evolution of our company. We are excited about our membership in DISCUS, which further demonstrates our commitment to playing an increasingly active role in this industry,” said MGP President and CEO Gus Griffin.
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Another step in MGPs active role in the industry was their July 2015 introduction of its own limited edition premium bourbon whiskey, Metze’s Select and their $16.4 million investment to expand their whiskey barrel warehouses.
MGP becomes DISCUS’ 15th voting member. In addition, DISCUS has 127 small distiller affiliate members in 35 states.
DISCUS Voting Members Include:
- Agave Loco Brands
- Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.
- Beam Suntory
- Brown-Forman Corporation
- Campari America
- Constellation Brands, Inc.
- Luxco, Inc.
- Moet Hennessy USA
- Patrón Spirits Company
- Pernod Ricard USA
- Remy Cointreau USA, Inc
- Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc.
MGP supplies premium distilled spirits, produced at the company’s Atchison, Kansas and Lawrenceburg, Indiana facilities, to customers ranging in size from leading national and international companies to small distillers and producers. MGP’s distilled spirits include bourbon and rye whiskeys, gins and vodkas.
MGP got its start in the distilled spirits industry in the 1940s producing grain neutral spirits and gins for bottlers and rectifiers of varying sizes. In 2011, MGP purchased the Lawrenceburg, Indiana distillery, which was established in 1847, and added whiskey to the company’s spirits portfolio.
“MGP has a long history of producing premium spirits products for distillers of all sizes,” said DISCUS President and CEO Peter H. Cressy. “It is great to add them to the DISCUS membership, and we look forward to working with MGP to continue to support laws and regulations that are favorable to our industry and our customers.”
The Distilled Spirits Council is the national trade association representing America’s leading brands of distilled spirits sold in the United States. Since 1935, the Council and its predecessor organizations have served as the industry’s voice on public policy and legislative issues in the nation’s capital, state capitals and foreign capitals worldwide. A strong commitment to responsibility is the foundation of every aspect of its policy and programs.