MGP Ingredients Board Declares Dividend

ATCHISON, Kan., March 2, 2012—The Board of Directors of MGP Ingredients, Inc. (Nasdaq/MGPI) yesterday declared a dividend of 5 cents ($0.05) per share on the company’s common stock.  The dividend is payable on April 19, 2012, to stockholders of record as of March 22, 2012. 

“The authorization of a dividend at this time is reflective of MGPI’s strong balance sheet and the board’s continued confidence in the company’s strategic business initiatives and growth opportunities,” said Board Chairman John Speirs.  “Much has been achieved by the company in advancing foundational excellence across all facets of the organization. This gives MGPI a solid base for delivering high value products to a core group of customers in the branded consumer packaged goods industry. Similar to this dividend declaration, any future dividends will be determined by the board based on the company’s financial condition.”

About MGP Ingredients, Inc.

In business since 1941, MGP Ingredients, Inc. has pioneered food science innovation and the production of value-added, grain-based starches, proteins and food-grade alcohol products for the branded packaged goods industry. The Company’s facilities in Atchison, Kan., Onaga, Kan, and at its newest site located in the adjoining towns of Lawrenceburg and Greendale, Ind., are dedicated to utilizing the latest technologies to assure the highest quality products and superior customer service. For more information, visit

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