Monday, March 30, 2020


William Grant & Sons, has announced that it will produce and supply five million litres of ethanol for hand sanitiser production.

The family owned drinks company which produces brands including Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Tullamore D.EW, is said to be proud to lend its workforce, scale and expertise in essential work to help protect people around the world from the impact of the coronavirus. 

Willian Grant & Sons to produce 5 million litres of ethanol for hand sanitiser production

The company’s Scotland based Girvan and Ireland based Tullamore D.EW. distilleries will producing ethanol to be supplied to a range of hand sanitiser manufacturers, whilst its US based Tuthilltown distillery will produce, package and distribute hand sanitiser to local health care providers.

William Grant & Sons, will not keep any profit made through this work. The ethanol is being supplied at the standard commercial rate and all profits will be ring-fenced and invested into future actions that help alleviate the spread and impact of the virus.

Commenting on the news, Simon Hunt, Chief Executive at William Grant & Sons, said: “Through this initiative, we can divert our technology and the skills of our people to contribute to the essential work of protecting people around the world from the impact of coronavirus. Our proud teams are determined to do what they can to help at our distilleries.”

William Grant & Sons, have said that they will review the ethanol production initiative after eight weeks to assess future needs and supply options.

The company has also said that it has implemented extensive health and safety and the relevant social distancing measures in its production sites, as advised by local governments, and the Scotch Whisky Association.

Posted by Steve Rush