MGP Adds Wheat Whiskey to Its Growing List of Product Offerings

MGPATCHISON, Kan., July 2, 2014—Produced from a mash bill consisting of 95 percent wheat and 5 percent barley malt, wheat whiskey is one of several whiskey and bourbon mash bills launched by MGP within the past year.

According to David Dykstra, vice president of alcohol sales and marketing, MGP’s wheat whiskey “represents one of the more unique products of its type in the distilled spirits industry.”  He described this new offering as being “exceptionally smooth and possessing lightly floral and sweet taste characteristics with good barrel notes and nice balance.”

Dykstra also pointed out that the company’s wheat whiskey is produced from non-GMO grain, “providing another appealing quality for customers, especially those serving consumers in global and various regional U.S. markets.”

Initially spurred by consumer interest in wheat vodkas, “the popularity of wheat-based spirits has increased in recent years,” Dykstra said. “With rising demand in this area of the market, the addition of wheat whiskey to our product portfolio provides MGP’s customers another excellent opportunity to grow their brand presence,” he added.

MGP has significant experience in wheat science and processing technologies as the largest U.S. producer of specialty wheat proteins and starches.  “This expertise is now being applied in an increasingly significant manner toward the development and production of wheat-based premium spirits,” said Greg Metze, master distiller at MGP’s Lawrenceburg, Ind., facility.  “The resulting innovations complement the many other products we make from a variety of grains, giving customers more options from which to select to expand their offerings at the retail level.”

Additional details regarding MGP’s premium lines of whiskeys, bourbons, grain neutral spirits and distilled gins, along with capabilities for creating custom formulations, can be obtained by accessing the company’s website, mgpingredients.com, or by contacting 913.360.5211.

About MGP

MGP is a leading independent supplier of premium spirits, offering flavor innovations and custom distillery blends to the beverage alcohol industry. The company also produces high quality food grade industrial alcohol and formulates grain-based starches and proteins into nutritional and highly functional ingredients for the branded consumer packaged goods industry.  The company is headquartered in Atchison, Kansas, where a variety of distilled alcohol products and food ingredients are manufactured.  Distilled spirits are also produced at company facilities in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. For more information, visit mgpingredients.com.