FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Rick Robinson of Wild Turkey has been named Chairman of the historic group that promotes and protects the Commonwealth’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry and the world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour.
Robinson, who is Plant Director at the iconic distillery in Lawrenceburg, will serve through December 2013. The KDA Board of Directors selected officers during its annual meeting recently at the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont.
“Kentucky Bourbon is in its largest expansion and growth phase since Prohibition, and the KDA looks forward to continuing this momentum in 2013,” Robinson said.
“Our Association also has reached new heights in membership, programs and initiatives to promote and protect our signature industry around the world. We must continue this united front to ensure that Kentucky remains the one, true and authentic home for the world’s best Bourbon.”
The Board also appointed Joe Fraser, Vice President of Manufacturing at Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., as Vice Chairman and Andrea Wilson, Director of Whiskey Strategy for Diageo North America, as Secretary-Treasurer.
Other Board members for 2013 include:
• Brown-Forman: Chris Morris, Master Distiller
• Four Roses Distillery: John Rhea, Chief Operating Officer
• Beam, Inc.: Jeff Conder, Vice President, Global Supply Chain
The KDA, a non-profit trade association founded in 1880, is the state’s leading voice on spirits issues. Its members produce 90 percent of the world’s Bourbon and have invested more than $230 million in new facilities, equipment and tourism centers in the last year alone.
Heritage members include Beam, Inc. (Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark); Brown-Forman Corp.; Diageo North America; Four Roses Distillery; Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc.; and Wild Turkey Distillery.
Craft distillery members include Alltech; Barrel House Distilling Co.; Corsair Artisan Distillery; Limestone Branch Distillery; MB Roland Distillery; The Old Pogue Distillery; Silver Trail Distillery; and Willett Distillery.
The Distilled Spirits Epicenter in Louisville is an educational distillery member.
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour features seven legendary distilleries, each offering a unique and educational experience on the art and craft of making the world’s finest Bourbon: Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Town Branch, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve.
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