Kentucky Distillers' Association

KDA Statement on Beam Inc. and Suntory

“Today’s announcement is further proof that Kentucky Bourbon is a growing and global force in the spirits marketplace. The Commonwealth has long-standing ties to Japan with more than 150 Japanese companies doing business in the Bluegrass, including Kirin, which owns the historic Four Roses Distillery, and Toyota. We’re excited that Suntory has chosen to invest in Kentucky, our rich Bourbon heritage and the hard-working staff and family at Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, two of our founding Kentucky Bourbon Trail® distilleries. We look forward to working with them to continue the Bourbon renaissance and promoting and protecting our signature craft.”

- Eric Gregory, President, Kentucky Distillers’ Association