Loch Lomond gives sanitiser to Scotland’s vulnerable

6th April, 2020 by Owen Bellwood

Scottish distiller Loch Lomond Group has produced its first batch of hand sanitiser, which will be distributed to vulnerable groups across Scotland during the coronavirus pandemic.

Loch Lomond Group will distribute its sanitiser to community groups across Scotland

The independent distiller produced its first batch of sanitiser last week (1 April) and will work with food waste charity Fairshare to distribute the sanitiser to vulnerable people across Scotland.

Produced at Loch Lomond Group’s production facilities in Alexandria, Dumbartonshire, and Catrine, Ayrshire, the hand sanitiser contains 70% alcohol, in line with World Health Organization guidelines. It has received duty exemption from HMRC for the alcohol content.

Colin Matthews, CEO of Loch Lomond Group, said: “It was very important to us that at this time, as we all face such an unprecedented crisis, that we found a meaningful way to help to support the people of Scotland.

“We operate one of the largest distilleries in Scotland, and quickly realised that we have both the ability and capacity to produce a significant amount of hand sanitiser, which is currently in such high demand. By partnering with Fareshare Scotland we can ensure that this donation reaches those people in most need across the country.

“I would also like to thank MacPhie who have bottled the product and also donated the 425ml plastic bottles we needed to pack the hand sanitiser, and DHL Scotland who have agreed to deliver the products without charge across the country.”

The sanitiser has been donated to Fareshare Scotland, which supports more than 650 organisations across the country. Fareshare ensures food reaches vulnerable community groups across Scotland, including homeless centres, the elderly, rape crisis centres, community pantries and children’s breakfast clubs.

Gillian Kynoch, from Fareshare Scotland, said: “We are enormously grateful for this donation. Hand sanitisers are essential for our warehouse staff, drivers and volunteers so we can continue to make safe deliveries of food.

“Likewise, the hand sanitisers will be hugely welcomed by the hundreds of community organisations we serve supporting the elderly and vulnerable at home during this very difficult time.”

Spirits producers around the world have stepped up to meet growing demand for sanitiser in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including sites operated by Buffalo Trace, Bacardi and William Grant & Sons.

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