- Distilleries around the world are making hand sanitizer because of the shortages caused by the coronavirus.
- Eight Oaks Farm Distillery in Pennsylvania has stopped production of whiskey, rum, and other spirits to make hand sanitizer, which it donates to nonprofits and local frontline workers.
- Here’s how the hand sanitizer is made in the distillery.
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Distilleries around the world are switching from spirits to hand sanitizer as the coronavirus continues to spark global supply shortages.
One family-run distillery in Pennsylvania has completely stopped its production of whiskey, rum, and other spirits. Instead, it’s making hand sanitizer and donating it to nonprofits and frontline workers in the community.
Chad Butters, the founder and CEO of Eight Oaks Farm Distillery in New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, says he’s committed to making hand sanitizer as long as there is a need. Right now, the distillery can make around 2,000 bottles per day.
By switching to hand sanitizer and tapping into savings, Eight Oaks has been able to keep and pay all of its regular employees in a time when many American companies are laying off workers.
“People that work here as bartenders are now filling up bottles of hand sanitizer and delivering those bottles to the people that need it,” Butters told Business Insider Today.
He says the biggest challenge has been finding the ingredients and supplies to make sanitizer. But community members are helping by donating bottles, bottle fillers, and glycerin.
“It’s really not a stretch to go from making bourbon or rye whiskey to changing your processes slightly and your ingredients slightly and turning it into hand sanitizer,” Butters said.