2016 Local Food Hero: Manifest Distilling

Photography By Amy Robb | January 13, 2017
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Manifest Distilling
David Cohen, Head Distiller and Tom Johnson, Director of Sales at Manifest Distilling.

FOUNDERS David Cohen, Tom Johnson, Scott Kennelly, Trey Mills
CATEGORY Drink Artisan

STARTUP STORY Manifest was born from 3 years of planning and a desire to bring a creative craft spirits company to Jacksonville. What started as a concept was honed over countless meetings with lots of amazing locals and has now become a beautiful reality.

WHY LOCAL? “Being a Jacksonville native and having spent almost 15 years living in other large cities, I made the decision that I wanted to bring a unique concept to not only my home town, but downtown. Personally I believe in voting with your dollars and I support sustainable food systems. Not only is it good biologically but it also good for farming. I wanted to carry that through this business so we could do our part in propagating that ethos.” -- David Cohen

RUNNER-UP Gabby Saul
HONORABLE MENTIONS Jessie Lane (Ice Plant), Intuition Ale Works, Cesar E. Diaz (Odd Birds), Watts Juicery


For more information about Manifest Distilling visit their website at www.manifestdistilling.com

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