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IndustryAnimal health and nutrition, crop science, beverages
FoundedNicholasville, Kentucky, United States 1980
Key people
Pearse Lyons Founder; Deirdre Lyons, Co-Founder; Mark Lyons, President
EMF Nutrition
Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company
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Alltech is an American company, headquartered in Nicholasville, Kentucky, with operations in animal feed, meat, brewing, and distilling.[1] Alltech develops agricultural products for use in both livestock and crop farming, as well as products for the food industry. Alltech operates under three main divisions: animal nutrition and health; crop science; and, food and beverage.

Company history[edit]

Alltech was founded by biochemist Pearse Lyons[1] in 1980 in Lexington, Kentucky. Lyons was born in Dundalk, Ireland and was educated in University College Dublin and the University of Birmingham, England, where he received a PhD in the biochemistry of yeast.[2][3] In 1980, he founded Alltech[1] and the company began to supply biotechnology-derived ingredients to the livestock and poultry feed industry. The company opened its first international office, in Ireland, in 1981.[4][5] In 1994, Alltech opened its first Asia-Pacific office in Beijing, China.[6] Alltech opened a European Bioscience and Marketing Centre facility in Dunboyne, Co. Meath in 2009.[7]

Lyons Farm[edit]

The Lyons Farm meat brand[8][9] was launched in 2012 as a partnership between Alltech and Critchfield Meats.

Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company[edit]

In 1999, Lyons reopened the Lexington Brewing Company.[10][11][12] In 2011, Lyons launched Town Branch Bourbon, named after the waterway on which Lexington is founded.[13][14] In 2012, Alltech announced it would establish a whiskey distillery in Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland.[15][16][17]

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games[edit]

Alltech became the first title sponsor of the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games,[1][1][18] the biggest sport horse event in the world, reputedly at a cost of $32m. The company is also the title sponsor of the 2014 Games, in Normandy, France, during end of August and beginning of September.[19][20]


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  11. ^ "Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. joins Kentucky Bourbon Trail". The Lane Report. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Official says Lexington's bourbon distillery is a 'grand slam' for city". Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Look out Brown-Forman: Alltech adds Town Branch Bourbon to its line of whiskey, beers and liqueur". Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  14. ^ "Alltech planning $40 million expansions of distillery, Nicholasville HQ". Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  15. ^ "US whiskey maker moves to Ireland". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  16. ^ "Carlow Brewing / Alltech Distillery". Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  17. ^ "Alltech ships whiskey stills from Kentucky to Ireland". Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  18. ^ "Alltech ships whiskey stills from Kentucky to Ireland". Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  19. ^ "Alltech Signs As Title Sponsor Of 2014 WEG". Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  20. ^ "Alltech Signs for Title Sponsorship of 2014 World Equestrian Games". Retrieved 7 August 2011.