Distilleries making hand sanitiser to combat coronavirus

19th March, 2020 by Nicola Carruthers

As the coronavirus outbreak causes a shortage of hand sanitisers across the world, a large number of distilleries have started producing the disinfectant to help their local communities.

Hand sanitiser must be made with at least 60% alcohol

Fears over coronavirus has led to a global shortage of hand sanitisers with many retailers and pharmacists moving to limit the purchase of the disinfectant.

To meet demand for the cleaning agent, spirits producers across the US and Europe are halting production of their products to aid in the creation of hand sanitiser instead.

Pernod Ricard’s subsidiaries across the world are providing alcohol from distilleries, and the French group has partnered with the Cooper Laboratory to offer 70,000 litres of pure alcohol.
Scottish distillers BrewDog, Verdant Spirits and Leith Gin have also moved to supply hand sanitiser for those who need it.

In the US, the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has relaxed rules to permit distillers to make hand sanitiser, but were unable to waive the tax for producers using undenatured ethanol.

Click through the following pages to see distilleries’ efforts to make hand sanitiser. 

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