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Dr. Karl Dawson of Alltech inducted into UK’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences Hall of Fame

Dr. Karl Dawson, chairman of Alltech’s scientific advisory board, has been inducted into the Animal and Food Sciences Hall of Fame in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky. The annual award, the highest that the department can bestow, recognizes someone who has made outstanding contributions to the department and to Kentucky animal agriculture. A nomination letter...

Alltech names Dr. Ronan Power new chief scientific officer to advance research on health, nutrition

­Alltech has appointed a new chief scientific officer to advance innovative research to improve the health and nutrition of animals, plants, and people. Dr. Ronan Power has assumed the role following the retirement of Dr. Karl Dawson on June 28.   Dr. Power joined the Alltech team in 1991 as the European director of research and has been closely involved in the development of Alltech’s product...

Dr. Mark Lyons, Alltech president and CEO, elected to Transylvania University Board of Trustees

Dr. Mark Lyons has been elected to the Transylvania University Board of Trustees beginning in 2019. Lyons is president and CEO of Alltech — a company dedicated to improving the health and performance of people, animals and plants through nutrition and scientific innovation — headquartered in Nicholasville. “Dr. Mark Lyons brings an expansive vision to Transylvania’s board. Alltech and...

Alltech’s Deirdre Lyons named Business Person of the Year by Southeast Ky. Chamber of Commerce

The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce gave its 2018 Business Person of the Year award to Deirdre Lyons, the co-founder of Alltech, during its annual awards night on Aug. 9 at the East Kentucky Expo Center. The award is given to an individual who has demonstrated support for the advancement and development of business in Eastern Kentucky. Mrs. Lyons and the late Dr. Pearse Lyons initiated the development...

New partnership enhances ‘Eastern Standard’ public affairs program on WEKU, beginning on July 19

A new partnership between WEKU, Alltech and Dynamix Productions will enable the public radio service at Eastern Kentucky University to enhance its popular public affairs program, Eastern Standard. Beginning with the July 19 program, some episodes of the weekly Eastern Standard will originate from the Dynamix recording studio in Lexington. Alltech Inc. has provided $15,000 in funding to...

Alltech celebrates opening of Dueling Barrels Brewery and Distillery in Eastern Kentucky

Alltech and Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery are celebrating the opening of its $15 million operation in Pikeville this week. The project included the construction of a nearly 30,000-square-foot facility and the purchase and installation of equipment, such as 19 fermenters and three copper pot stills. The 13 jobs created as part of the project include “storytellers” and managers overseeing...

Marshall County’s Bluegrass VR wins second Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge

Bluegrass VR from Marshall County High School won the top prize at the Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) 2nd annual competition finals, hosted April 28at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton School of Business. Advised by Lisa Devillez, Bluegrass VR team members Claire Harmon and Daniel Sills each won $25,000 in scholarship funds to be used at any in state post-secondary...

Lexington’s Craft Beer Week set for May 11-20; annual event celebrate’s city’s craft beer scene

After yet another year of amazing growth and new breweries, Lexington’s craft brewing community is planning to host the 6th annual Lexington Craft Beer Week. The celebration, organized by LexBeerScene.com, will run from Friday May 11th through Sunday May 20th. The week, featuring special events, tappings and tastings at bars and breweries across the city is sponsored by Alltech Lexington Brewing...

Bluegrass Irish Society dedicates 39th annual St. Patrick’s Parade in honor of Alltech’s Pearse Lyons

The board of directors of the Bluegrass Irish Society is dedicating the 39th annual Alltech Lexington St. Patrick’s parade in honor of Dr. Pearse Lyons. The parade, which begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 17, in downtown Lexington will begin with a tribute to Lyons, Alltech’s founder and a longtime Bluegrass Irish Society supporter. “The Bluegrass Irish Society lost a friend and benefactor....

26 undergraduate and graduate students win prizes at 13th annual Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition

Of 300 applicants, 26 undergraduate and graduate students representing four countries took the stage at the 13th annual Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition to sing for their chance to win scholarships and prizes that will jump-start their operatic careers. Alltech’s founder and president, the late Dr. Pearse Lyons, who passed away March 8, was an avid supporter of the arts and initiated what has...

Pearse Lyons, founder of Alltech and ‘visionary entrepreneur’ dies of acute lung condition at age 73

Alltech has announceed the passing of its founder and president, Dr. Pearse Lyons on Thursday, March 8, due to an acute lung condition that developed during his recovery from heart surgery. He was 73. “The thoughts of our entire Alltech family around the world are with Dr. Lyons’ family, specifically his wife Deirdre, daughter Aoife, son Mark and Mark’s wife Holly,” said Alric Blake, CEO and...

Alltech announces it is closing its Winchester Algae facility, will work with the 20 employees on jobs

By Fred Petke Kentucky Today Alltech Algae notified city officials Friday morning it would close its Winchester facility. Winchester Industrial Development Director Todd Denham said he was notified by the company this morning that  the closure would be “effective immediately.” 
According to the company, the decision gives the company more flexibility. 
“Our Alltech Algae facility in Winchester...

Alltech donates more than $142,000 to Texas farmers and ranchers in wake of hurricane Harvey

As Harvey’s winds died down, and the waters were still rising, Alltech launched Hope After Harvey to raise support for Texas farmers and ranchers, who lead the U.S. in cattle, cotton, hay, sheep and goat production. Alltech committed to matching donations made to its 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Alltech ACE Foundation. As a result of the Hope After Harvey donation response, Alltech representatives presented...

Hope After Harvey: Alltech launches relief efforts for Texas farmers and ranchers

To deliver relief specifically to Texas’ farm and ranch community, Alltech is launching Hope After Harvey. Alltech is donating $20,000 to kick off the relief fund and will then match all donations made to its 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Alltech ACE Foundation. To give to Hope After Harvey, visit this link. Additionally, the Alltech family has committed to donating $100,000 in value of animal...

Lexington Brewing and Distilling owner Pearse Lyons set to open new whiskey distillery in native Ireland

Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James, the newest venture by Alltech and Lexington Brewing and Distillery Company owners Pearse and Deirdre Lyons, is due to open its doors in the heart of Dublin, Ireland’s The Liberties district in September. Acquired in 2013 by the Lyons, the property had many previous incarnations, including a lighting shop. Pearse, who was born in Dublin, has strong family...

The Village Idiot hosting unveiling of commemorative mural of legendary Man o’ War Thursday

An unveiling party to celebrate a commemorative mural of the legendary racehorse Man o’ War will take place at the local pub The Village Idiot on Thursday, June 29, at 4 p.m. Commissioned by LexArts and sponsored by Mt. Brilliant Farm, the 30’ x 30’ mural was painted by Mexico City native and longtime Lexington resident Agustin Zarate. It is part of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Man o’ War Celebration,...

Business leaders will explore barrier-breaking disruption at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference

The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE17) is gathering top business leaders for an inside look at how to create, and maintain, a successful company. ONE17, held May 21–24 in Lexington, will host dedicated sessions on three of the most critical elements of any business: emerging markets, finance and innovation. “Businesses have the unique challenge of not only staying aware of market trends, but also...

ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference features sessions on new beverages, old production methods

Immediately following Lexington Craft Beer Week, May 12–21, brewers and distillers who wish to stay relevant in an increasingly competitive and growing global market will have the opportunity to participate in an innovative forum for ideas. ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE17), held May 21–24 in Lexington, Kentucky, will feature a dedicated session on craft brewing and distilling. Beverage...

Over 60 breweries, 240 craft bers featured in fourth annual Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest

The best of the world’s craft beer industry will soon meet in Kentucky to eat, drink, compete and celebrate their love of the art and science of beer at the fourth annual Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fest. Held May 20 at the Lexington Convention Center, the event will feature 63 craft breweries that will showcase more than 240 craft beers. Get your tickets to the Alltech Craft Brews & Food...

Teams from University of Kentucky, WKU take home top Alltech Innovation prizes

As seven universities demonstrated at the Alltech Innovation Competition 2017, university-level innovation is firing on all cylinders in Kentucky. A range of disruptive technologies were showcased, from eco-friendly and Kentucky-centric ventures to those featuring virtual reality and music. Western Kentucky University’s undergraduate team and the University of Kentucky’s graduate team took home...