Within three weeks of the portal opening, it had received more than 130 submissions, with dozens of community care providers, prisons, NHS trusts and funeral homes registering their requests for much needed sanitiser. Distillers across Scotland pledged over 13.5 million litres of ethanol towards the production of more than 54 million bottles to help meet this need.
The Glasgow Distillery Company was one of those to get involved, and co-founder Liam Hughes said: “Since registering with the SWA Portal we’ve been contacted by organisations requesting hand sanitizer across the Central Belt and further afield.
“Having initially scaled up production to accommodate demand, we are now working on another batch, and the Portal has helped us to ensure that hand sanitizer is reaching those who need it. From homeless charities and food banks, through to the Royal Mail and frontline care providers, demand has been very high, and we have seen a real mix of requests coming through.”
Gordon Buist, Production Director for Chivas Brothers, said: “We were pleased at the strong interest generated by the Portal; there has been no shortage of takers for our hand sanitizer or ethanol, which shows the importance of this industry initiative. Thanks to the Portal we have been able to connect with a number of charities and organisations, and supply sanitizer to support the vital work they are doing for the community.”
Another firm to have helped out in the midst of this crisis is Edrington, responsible for the likes of The Macallan, Highland Park, The Glenrothes and The Famous Grouse, which has donated its high-strength alcohol to Glasgow City Council to help produce hand sanitiser for use by frontline workers.
Graham Hutcheon, Edrington’s Managing Director, said: “We’re really pleased to donate high strength spirit from North British Distillery to Glasgow City Council to make hand sanitizer that will help front line workers to operate safely in our communities. We’re also delighted to be gifting hand sanitizer to the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, given the Lord Provost’s position as President of the Beatson Cancer Charity.”