A number of distilleries and drinks producers across Ireland have stepped up the mark and are actively supporting the production of much needed hand sanitiser gel.
“At such an uncertain and challenging time, it’s encouraging to see the drinks industry doing what it can in the effort to tackle Covid-19," said
Patricia Callan, director of Drinks Ireland, which represents drinks producers and suppliers around the country.
"This fight will require Government, the health and public sector, industry and society all working together on a coordinated response. As an industry, we are committed to doing what we can to help out.”
Irish Distillers said that it is creating large scale quantities of alcohol for free to manufacture hand sanitiser gel, in partnership with Cork firm Mervue Laboratories which will provide it to the Health Service Executive
In West Cork, Clonakilty Distillery is creating sanitizers with an alcohol content of 63% ABV and is going into production immediately, with bottles and equipment in place.
The first batch of 5,000 bottles will be ready from next week. It will be offered for free to local charities and the company will supply the rest at cost, at first to the local community
The Shed Distillery
In Leitrim, The Shed Distillery has announced it will shortly commence the distribution of emergency alcohol and surface cleaner across the region.
It will supply alcohol to Ovelle Pharmaceuticals, which will create 12,500 bottles of hand sanitiser gel with this week’s batch
Separately, Guinness Ireland has pledged €1.5 million to support Irish bar staff and communities affected by Covid-19.
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