Connemara based Beara Distillery has secured a contract to supply 27,000 litres of its 'StaySafe' hand sanitiser to SuperValu in a deal worth €250,000.
The food retailer said that it plans to make the hand sanitiser available to its staff across its 223 stores, which will be used as part of its in-store sanitising requirements.
The Ocean Gin-maker said that its new precautionary hygiene product was developed in accordance to the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, using 80% alcohol.
'COVID-19 has made businesses across Ireland change their focus and think about how they can respond to new challenges,' Beara Distillery said.
The West-Cork distiller said it felt that there was an urgent need for Beara to assist in any way it could in combatting the spread of coronavirus, and that it decided to produce an affordable, high quality hand sanitiser that will help keep people safe throughout the pandemic.
"We’re delighted to be making available StaySafe, an Irish-made hand sanitiser, to our colleagues," said Martin Kelleher, managing director of SuperValu.
"I’d also like to commend Beara for using their expertise to develop a high-quality, innovative product that will protect the public," he said.
Food Academy Programme
Established in 2017, the family run business is currently a member of SuperValu’s Food Academy programme, which it set up in conjunction with Bord Bia and Local Enterprise Offices to provide emerging Irish food businesses with their first listing with a grocery retailer as well as training and development plans.
"SuperValu has worked closely with Beara Distillery since they entered the Food Academy programme and their ability to produce StaySafe underlines again the power of supporting local business and suppliers,” he added.
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