Scottish brewers and distilleries switch production from alcohol to hand sanitiser

Brewers and distillers across Scotland are using their production facilities to make hand sanitiser to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.

BrewDog, Leith Gin and Verdant Spirits are all getting involved in efforts to ramp up production of hand sanitiser, amid shortages driven by coronavirus fears.

Verdant Spirits, based in Dundee, hopes to produce 400 litres of the gel this week. Owner Andrew Mackenzie tracked down the ingredients listed on the World Health Organisation's website.

He said: "We put out a Facebook call because we couldn't track down any hydrogen peroxide and that paid off, so we've got that covered.

"We've got 20 litres of glycerine coming which is all we can get, because they're rationing."

BrewDog’s founder, James Watt, announced on social media that the company had started producing sanitiser. “We are determined to do everything we can to try and help as many people as possible stay safe,” he said.

The company said it was “working around the clock on producing the first batch to have it available for next week”, and the sanitiser will be given away to local charities and the community rather than sold.

Leith Gin, tweeted its announcement.

"We have suspended spirit production and are making high strength hand sanitiser for those in need in our local community,"

The distillery also appealed for donations of small plastic bottles to use as packaging.

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