US-based craft distillery JJ Pfister Distilling Company has started production of hand sanitiser to support the Greater Sacramento community during the Covid-19 health emergency.

The company installed specific equipment, sourced materials and ingredients to produce hand sanitiser products to meet the increasing demand for the products from first responders in Sacramento.

JJ Pfister president Kevin Keck said: “As a small business in our third year, our family appreciates the economic challenge and personal struggles we are all facing in the Covid-19 emergency.

“We know that JJ Pfister supported his community during the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 and we wanted to do everything we could for our Sacramento community. This was the right thing to do.”

Currently, the company’s team has stalled the production of craft spirits to bring hand sanitiser products quickly to the market.

For producing hand sanitiser products, the company employed more than 20 former restaurant professionals, who were unemployed due to Covid-19 business closures.

The company has produced more than 16,000 gallons of hand sanitiser in two weeks and initially sold 600 gallons to first responders.

JJ Pfister intends to increase its production capacity and aims to produce 8,000 gallons of hand sanitiser per week.

JJ Pfister COO Gail Keck said: “With our expanded production of hand sanitiser, we’re able to help meet the need in the Sacramento community as well as continue our efforts to donate hand sanitiser to local charities and organisations, including Loaves and Fishes, The Food Bank, Guardian Angels, and Students for Health Care.

“And we’ll continue to partner with first responders and charities to help them through this pandemic.”