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MGP announces first lead master distiller

Matt Greeno stood in the rickhouse with barrels

MGP has appointed Matt Greeno as lead master distiller. The newly created position at MGP Ingredients Inc will see Matt ensuring consistency of distillation quality, while also supporting new product development for both contract distilling customers and MGP Brands.

Matt will lead the company’s master distillers and process engineers, as well as overseeing technical processes across the distillery’s operations in Atchison, Kansas, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and Washington DC.

Not only that, he will also be working closely on the product development side, collaborating with MGP’s alcohol R&D and Innovations team. Through this work the team will develop new product concepts, custom mash bills and distillates.

“Matt’s new role supports our strategy of developing ‘bench strength’ with MGP team members who are highly skilled in distilling and blending,” said David Dykstra, vice president of Alcohol Sales and Marketing. “This allows us to serve customers of any size with quality spirits and, for those seeking to stand out in a crowded market, exceptional customized products.”

It is noted by vice president of brands, Andy Mansinne, that Matt’s knowledge and expertise in distilling both gin and whiskey is vitally important as the brand begins to expand its portfolio.

“We look forward to even more collaborations between our talented Master Distillers and Master Blenders in 2021 and beyond to innovate with exciting new gins and whiskeys that will elevate our position in the marketplace,” Andy said. “Matt will play an important role in this evolution.”

Greeno attained his Master Distiller certification from MGP in 2019. Most recently, he was a Distillery Process Engineering Manager. He joined the company in fall 2011 as a Plant Process Engineer at company headquarters in Atchison, Kansas. A December 2010 graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering/physics, Greeno earned his MBA degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City last year.

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