Thursday, April 09, 2020


Chivas Brothers, has announced that it has ramped up production of hand sanitiser for frontline NHS staff battling the COVID-19 pandemic across the UK.

The company which is owned by French drinks giant Pernod Ricard, has begun the transportation of two tankers of Strathclyde grain spirit as part of an initial donation of 100,000 litres of pure alcohol to manufacturing partners who will use it to produce 120,000 litres of much-needed hand sanitiser.

Chivas ramps up production of hand sanitiser for the NHS

Yesterday, the company also received a consignment of 4,000 litres of hand sanitiser gel ready to be packaged at its bottling plant in Kilmalid, Dumbarton. This delivery will be joined next week by a further 15,000 litres of hand sanitiser gel produced at Pernod Ricard’s Plymouth Gin distillery in England.

Chivas Brothers, will start packaging hand sanitiser today, starting with 1,000 litres per day and monitoring needs over the coming weeks.

Commenting on the news, Jean-Christophe Coutures, Chivas Brothers CEO, said: “Combatting COVID-19 requires a collective effort from everyone. We're fortunate to have ready access to ethanol and state-of-the-art facilities, so we are determined to do all we can to help increase the production of hand sanitiser, which is so essential in preventing the spread of the virus. We are proud to be joining our fellow distillers across the industry and the wider Pernod Ricard group in this battle and will continue to look for ways to assist wherever it is needed.”

In addition to hand sanitiser production, Chivas Brothers has announced in recent weeks the introduction of a number of initiatives to support communities both on home soil and in international markets that continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted by Steve Rush