Whisky producers to the rescue
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is launching an online portal to help with the supply of hand sanitiser to frontline health and social services, emergency services, local communities and other industries in need of it across the UK.
The portal will serve as a conduit between Scotch Whisky distillers, related industry suppliers and distribution partners and organisations seeking hand sanitiser. It will connect distillers wanting to make hand sanitiser with those who can provide key ingredients, supplies such as bottles, pump action closures and labels, and companies that can help distribute sanitiser to organisations in need.
The SWA is working closely with government and relevant authorities, including HMRC and the Health & Safety Executive and now has the green light from regulators to follow WHO guidelines in the production of hand sanitiser from denatured alcohol.
A number of Scotch Whisky producers can either supply high strength alcohol for the production of hand sanitiser or produce hand sanitiser themselves, with some distillers able to do this at scale.
SWA Chief Executive Karen Betts said: “Distillers want to support health services on the frontline of fighting coronavirus wherever we can, and also other essential services that need additional supplies of hand sanitiser in these difficult times.
“Scotland has the distilleries, the skilled workforce and the drive to make a difference and I hope that distillers, supply chain companies, distribution partners and those in need of hand sanitiser will get in touch and use the portal.”