#coronavirus reshapes economy: From whisky and gin to hand sanitiser

Many Irish producers of gin and whisky across the Republic rushed to the rescue amid the coronavirus crisis. They are offering to manufacture hand sanitiser, a move that will help many of the frontline workers these days:

Listoke Distillery near Drogheda is producing hand-sanitiser for the public and offering to several institutions as Dublin Fire Brigade

Clonakilty Distillery from Cork is doing the same as the CEO Michael Scully said – in a press release – that “our main priority is public service, and we feel any company in a position to offer a helping hand right now, should do so.”

The sanitiser is offered free of charge to charities & those most in need and at cost, at first to the local community. The company says this shift will also help keep staff employed from other parts of the business which have temporarily closed, including their visitor centre and Gin School.

Going further in the story, we see that also the company managing Jameson Whiskey said they’re helping the national response to COVID-19 by supplying free hand sanitising gel to the HSE. The company is working with Cork firm Mervue Laboratories to help those that need hand sanitiser the most these days, as quoted in Irish Times.

As well Diageo – the distiller behind Guinness – is supplying over 500,000 litres of 96% strength ethyl alcohol (used primarily in production of vodka and gin) to the Republic of Ireland and the UK to aid frontline medical workers. Altogether, across the world, the company will enable with its donation the production of more than eight million 250ml bottles of hand sanitiser. 

Soon followed Arderin Distillery – producer of Mór Gin – that will predominantly supply the healthcare industry:

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