Justin King, the former master distiller at Ole Smoky Moonshine in Gatlinburg, Tennessee has made a move over to MGP Ingredients. MGP, a supplier of distilled spirits to many distilleries, announced that King will be their craft alcohol sales manager.
Over the past seven years, King has achieved widespread recognition as a highly skilled and knowledgeable master distiller for Ole Smoky Moonshine. While in this role, he combined product formulation, production and marketing experience to increase brand value and sales. He also acquired extensive knowledge of governmental regulatory controls and procedures that apply to the distilled spirits industry.
“Justin’s broad skill set in distillery operations, from product development all the way through sales, will be valuable as he focuses on working with our craft alcohol customers to assist them in reaching their business objectives,” said David Dykstra, vice president of alcohol sales and marketing.
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“We are extremely pleased to have him on our team, as his background and talents further strengthen our capabilities to serve a growing segment within the distilled spirits market.”
King has been featured in several business, industry and mainstream news publications, including Forbes, The New York Times, Tasting Panel Magazine, Booze Traveler, History of Moonshine, and How It’s Made. He received the American Distilling Industry’s Best in Class Moonshine award in 2013, and was the gold medal winner in the International Spirits Award competition in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
MGP is a leading supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches. Its distilled spirits include bourbon and rye whiskeys, gins and vodkas, which are carefully crafted through a combination of art and science and backed by a long history of experience. The company is headquartered in Atchison, Kansas, where distilled alcohol products and food ingredients are produced. Premium spirits are also distilled and matured at the company’s facility in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.