Coronavirus (COVID-19): Diageo, AB InBev and Pernord Ricard to help producing hand sanitiser

Date : 24 March 2020

Maxime Delacour

Senior Retail Analyst

Across the world companies are increasing their collaboration to help fight the pandemic and tackle product shortages. Global spirit manufacturers Diageo, Anheuser-Busch and Pernod Ricard are helping with the production of hand sanitisers.

Diageo to enable the production of eight million bottles of hand sanitiser

Distiller Diageo has pledged to make available 2 million liters of Grain Neutral Spirit (primarily used to produce gin and vodka) to hand sanitiser manufacturers. Globally, this will enable the production of 8 million 250 ml bottles.

“Healthcare workers are at the forefront of fighting this pandemic, and we are determined to do what we can to help protect them,” said Ivan Menezes, CEO of Diageo.

The company donation plans to hand sanitiser manufacturers across the world are:

  • UK and Ireland: 500,000 liters
  • US: 500,000 liters
  • Italy: 100,000 liters
  • Australia: 100,000 liters supplied by Bundaberg Distilling
  • India: 500,000 liters
  • Brazil: 50,000 liters supplied by Ypioca
  • Kenya: 135,000 liters supplied by East Africa Breweries, prioritizing vulnerable and at-risk people

Pernod Ricard to donate pure alcohol in France and produce hand sanitiser in the US

Pernod Ricard US announced it started the production of the first batch of hand sanitiser that will be donated to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

In France, it has donated 70,000 liters of pure alcohol to pharmaceutical products manufacturer Cooper. It will enable the production of more than 1.8 million of 50 ml bottles. Cooper said it will pay the value of the donation to a health-related charity.

Anheuser-Busch starts producing hand sanitiser

Anheuser-Busch has adapted its global manufacturing and distribution networks to create more than 1 million bottles of hand sanitiser gel. Th process has used existing technology from its non-alcoholic brewery process. The hand sanitiser will go free of charge to hospitals and frontline medical staff.

Production split per regions:

  • Africa: production of disinfectant alcohol distributed thanks to its extensive network across the entire continent
  • Europe: 50,000 liters of disinfectant alcohol to be donated
  • Central America: 400,000 bottles of hand sanitiser gel to be donated to hospitals
  • North America: to produce and distribute hand sanitiser in the US and Canada in the short and medium term
  • South America: 500,000 bottles of hand sanitiser to be donated to hospitals, mainly in Brazil

Other brand manufacturers, such as LVMH and Brewdog have already started producing hand sanitiser. More details are available here.

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