It’s a well established fact now that to wash off viruses and bacteria, apart from soap and water, the next best thing is a sanitizer which has a 60% alcohol content.
And alcohol companies have taken note too. Given the global shortage of hand sanitizers, alcohol companies around the world are now using their facilities to make these sanitizers.
Pernod Ricard, the producer of Jameson Irish Whiskey and Absolut Vodka, will be converting all their distilleries in the US to produce hand sanitizers that they will then donate. Moneky47, known for its Schwarzwald Dry Gin is donatin. g neutral spirit to pharmacies in the region. Diageo India, which sells McDowell’s whisky and Smirnoff vodka recently announced that it will produce 3 lakh litres of hand sanitisers, using its 15 manufacturing units to produce hand sanitizer.
Rum giant Bacardi, in association with Olien Refinery, is supplying ethanol to produce hand sanitisers in Puerto Rico. One of America’s biggest producers of beer, Anheuser-Busch will be using its supply and logistics network to produce and distribute bottles of hand sanitiser across USA. Scotland’s independent brewer BrewDog has begun making hand sanitisers at its distillery in Aberdeenshire.