Another Integris Advanced Grain Management Success Story…
SPOTLIGHT ON PETERSON FARMS FOR MAKER’S MARK DISTILLERY
For five generations Bernard Peterson and family have tackled everything from dairy farming to hogs to cattle. Today, Peterson specializes in grain, farming 7,500 acres in Loretto, KY with his 2 brothers and 1 nephew.
For nearly 20 years the Peterson’s have been providing wheat to Maker’s Mark Distillery, located just up the road . With 90% of their grain being sold to the bourbon industry, Peterson’s chief concern is quality.
And that’s good for Maker’s Mark VP of Operations and Master Distiller, Kevin Smith. After 22 years in the bourbon industry, Kevin knows quality is key,
“It’s everything. And it comes down to that with Maker’s Mark because we have one batch, one recipe, one mash, so that if the ingredients that come into the distillery are sub-quality in any way I can’t do anything more with it than build off of that…if there’s anything wrong with it [the grain] it’s going to affect the downstream product.”
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