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CIE Joins Distilled Spirits Council as Newest Board Member

“As a globally-recognized, world-class distiller, CIE’s expertise in producing and supplying quality spirits to brands large and small will provide a valuable perspective to our Board of Directors,” said Chris Swonger, president and CEO of DISCUS and “We look forward to having CIE’s voice and expertise at the table as we continue to shape the future of the distilled spirits industry.”

Established in 2004, and headquartered in Indiana, CIE is a company passionate about alcohol with a culture centered on protecting its customers’ brands. CIE is focused on environmental sustainability and producing best-in-class quality alcohols, including grain neutral spirits. The company is a leading supplier to companies around the world, currently suppling alcohol for applications across the spirits, food, flavor & fragrance, and beauty markets. CIE leverages the latest distillation technology to distill its high purity grain neutral spirits for both craft and global spirits brands.

CIE will be represented on the DISCUS Board of Directors by Jason Drook, Vice President of Consumer & Industrial Business. Prior to joining CIE, Mr. Drook held numerous leadership positions with Proctor & Gamble, Gillette and Unilever.

"We are excited to join the DISCUS Board of Directors as our U.S. business has become the fastest growing segment across the company,” said Drook. “As we celebrate nearly 20 years of production, the DISCUS partnership will enable CIE to help shape public policy to create a favorable environment for the spirits industry. CIE fully supports the industry’s commitment to sustainability and responsible consumption of spirits.”

CIE’s board membership is effective as of August 2021. For more information, visit

About The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS)

The Distilled Spirits Council of The United States is the leading voice and advocate for distilled spirits in the U.S., advocating on legislative, regulatory, and public affairs issues impacting the distilled spirits sector at the local, state, federal and international levels. DISCUS members are committed to responsibility and encourage adults who drink to do so in moderation.

About CIE

Based in Marion, Indiana, CIE is a world class distiller of premium grain neutral spirits and integrated alcohols with a strong interest in advocating for the spirits industry and environmental matters. CIE’s organization understands the increasingly important role of sustainability in a manufacturing-driven world and is committed to finding solutions that reduce the impact on natural resources. CIE’s key areas of focus for its sustainability efforts center around emissions, recycling, water and energy use.


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