ATCHISON, KANSAS, U.S. — MGP announced on Oct. 17 that it has added grain neutral spirits (GNS) distilled from wheat to its portfolio of beverage alcohol offerings.

“We are very excited to announce the introduction of this superb, high quality product to the marketplace,” said David Dykstra, vice-president of alcohol sales and marketing. “Not only does it expand the scope and variety of premium spirits MGP is able to provide, but it also demonstrates our commitment to proactively address the evolving needs and requests of our customers.”

He added that production of this latest extension to the company’s string of beverage alcohol innovations was launched at MGP’s Atchison, Kansas, U.S., distillery in August and samples “have received outstanding reviews.”

MGP is a long-time expert in wheat, as well as other areas of grain science, and “has used this knowledge of wheat’s distinct properties and qualities to apply to our distillery operations on a noteworthy scale for the first time in the company’s history,” according to Dykstra. “For our customer partners, our new GNS product provides yet another excellent choice for differentiating or expanding their branded products in the market,” he added.

Based on initial results and feedback, “we currently are exploring possibilities for developing future line extensions distilled from wheat, while simultaneously continuing efforts to increase our offerings of beverage alcohol products derived from corn, rye and other grain sources,” Dykstra said.