Distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches supplier MGP Ingredients has announced the appointment of spirits industry veteran Susan (Susie) Garvin as international premium beverage alcohol sales manager.
Garvin brings more than 25 years of executive experience, most recently as director of sales for Terressentia Corp., the parent company of O.Z. Tyler Distillery and TerrePURE Spirits in South Carolina, where she led significant sales growth during nearly a decade with the company. She was also a member of the executive management team.
“We’re excited to work with Susie, whose industry knowledge and customer-centric focus are a perfect fit for the collaborative approach we bring to our partnerships with brands of all sizes,” said David Dykstra, vice president of alcohol sales and marketing. “The continued development of American Whiskey overseas is a key driver of long-term growth for the category. Susie’s addition positions us to fully maximize the potential of this important international trend.”
According to The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, exports of American Whiskey rose 13.9% in 2017, with interest in the heritage of American whiskey and its versatility driving demand.
MGP Ingredients, based in Atchinson, Kansas, was founded in 1941 and its distilled spirits include bourbon and rye whiskeys, gins and vodkas. While its products are primarily supplied to branded partners for consumer sale, the company also offers a limited range of premium brands including Till American Wheat Vodka and Remus Repeal Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey.