Chris RichardsSVP Sales & Business Development at Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits
Chris qualified from Heriot-Watt University in 1981 with a BSc. In Brewing and Biological Sciences, He started his career at Traquair House Ales (a small brewery attached to the oldest inhabited house in Scotland – using equipment dating back to the 1700s) Chris spent 3 years in micro-brewing both running and setting up in-house breweries. He transferred to Hall and Woodhouse a brewery in Dorset, during this time Chris studied for and passed the Institute of Brewing Master Brewer Diploma. He traveled overseas to Karachi to help set up and build a small brewery he also ran the potable spirits blending unit. On returning to the UK He joined William Grant & Sons in Girvan, the third largest grain whisky plant in Scotland. After 5 years of running the process area he left to join Alltech, working out of Brookings SD covering the growing Fuel Alcohol market. Chris joined Ethanol Technology following their acquisition of the Alltech Alcohol division as a Technical Sales Representative and took over as NA Sales Manager, Following a period as Global Sales Manager and the acquisition of NABC he is now SVP Sales & Business Development, with responsibility for servicing the biofuel industry outside of USA & Canada and a global responsibility for the distilled spirits industry.