ATCHISON, KANSAS, U.S. — MGP Ingredients, Inc. announced on Feb. 19 the addition of corn oil to the company’s portfolio of grain-based distillery co-products. Manufacturing of this new line began recently following the installation of a state-of-the-art corn oil extraction system at MGP’s Atchison, Kansas, U.S., facility.
“We had a great group of experts working on this initiative, and the success of their efforts is shown by the fact that the project was completed on schedule and in a very smooth, well-coordinated manner,” said Randy Schrick, vice-president of engineering. “The result is the introduction of a new product that we expect to add increased value to our distillery processes and output.”
Corn oil is contained in corn germ and is recovered from syrup produced during the alcohol production process before being added to dryers used in the manufacture of distillers feed. It is sold principally for use in producing biodiesel, and also as a supplement, or “fattening agent,” for poultry feed applications, Schrick said.
Schrick credited the efforts of several plant employees and staff for “giving us the ability to expand our distillery product offerings through this project.” He also cited “the outstanding work and expertise” of GreenShift Corp., the company which developed the patented extraction system and provided direct assistance during the installation phase at MGP.