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Beam Suntory and its joint venture distribution partner Maxxium Spain have pledged €240,000 to support hospitals and nursing homes in Madrid and Segovia in Spain to fight the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Beam Suntory has also started producing hand sanitisers in its Segovia distillery. The distillery offered the use of its facilities to the Spanish government.

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The sanitisers are being donated to support government efforts to combat Covid-19.

Currently, the distillery team is fast-tracking the production of 20,000l of finished hand sanitiser to support the local health system, first responders, and security forces.

In addition, the company is also supplying neutral alcohol directly to the police services Segovia for use in disinfecting their vehicles.

Beam Suntory international president Pryce Greenow said: “Beam Suntory is determined to do whatever we can to support our communities and help contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Spain is one of the worst-hit countries in Europe, and these efforts are deeply personal for us.

“Beam Suntory’s international business is headquartered in Madrid, as is Maxxium Spain, and together we have more than 600 employees based in Madrid, Segovia, and across the country.”

The company has also made a contribution of €200,000 to a fund established by La Comunidad de Madrid.

Maxxium Spain has donated an additional €35,000 to the fund, which will provide resources and support to the hospitals and health services in Madrid and the surrounding area.

Separately, Beam Suntory’s Segovia distillery has also made a €5,000 donation to the Segovia Business Association to help in their efforts to acquire individual protective equipment for local hospitals.

Moreover, the company has initiated an employee fundraising and corporate matching programme in partnership with Banco de Alimentos de Madrid.

This fund is intended to support efforts to deliver food and essentials to families in need.