Filling the newly created position of lead master distiller, MGP Ingredients has announced the promotion of Matt Greeno.
Greeno is now responsible for ensuring distillation quality and supporting new product development for contract distilling customers and MGP Brands. He will guide the company’s master distillers and process engineers, and oversee technical processes across MGP distillery operations in Atchison, Kansas, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and Washington, D.C.
On the product development side, Greeno will collaborate with MGP’s alcohol R&D and Innovations team to develop new product concepts and 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,” says David Dykstra, VP 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.”
Greeno’s knowledge and expertise in distilling both gins and whiskeys is important as MGP Brands expands its portfolio, says Vice President of Brands Andy Mansinne.
“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,” Mansinne adds. “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.
This follows recent news that MGP opened its 2021 barrel select programs for the house bourbon and rye brands.