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Covid-19: UK’s Chase Distillery begins hand sanitiser production

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British single-estate distillery Chase has started production of hand sanitiser at its facility to meet the growing demand amid coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

The distillery, which is engaged in the production of gin and vodka, has produced hand sanitiser called HR1, which is claimed to be in line with the standards specified by the World Health Organization (WHO) that requires 60% of alcohol by volume (ABV).

Until now, the company is reported to have produced more than 30,000 hand sanitiser units, which have been distributed to key workers in Herefordshire, as well as in Worcestershire.

The company noted that customers can also purchase HR1 online by placing an order through its website.

Chase has partnered with its sister company Willy’s Apple Cider Vinegar to produce the hand sanitiser.

Chase Distillery brand ambassador James Chase was quoted by the drinks business as saying: “I never thought I’d see the day when part of our distillery was used to make anything other than delicious tasting vodkas and gins, but these are strange times.

“While it might only be [a] small help, we hope it allows people [to] stay as hygienic as possible during this challenging time.”

Last month, British alcoholic beverage producer Diageo pledged to donate nearly two million litres of alcohol to manufacturing partners to support the production of hand sanitiser.

The donation will help overcome hand sanitiser shortages in healthcare systems and protect frontline workers in the fight against Covid-19.

The company noted that it will provide Grain Neutral Spirit (GNS), a 96% strength ethyl alcohol used to produce vodka and gin. It will be freely providing GNS to producers located across various parts of the globe.

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