Global drinks giant Pernod Ricard has announced major steps being taken to aid with the shortage of hand sanitiser in the midst of the COVID 19 epidemic.

Within Ireland, Irish Distillers has announced it will put its technical, human and production facilities at the service of the authorities to produce hand sanitiser.

In France, Ricard SAS is donating 70,000 litres of pure alcohol to Laboratoire Cooper, a leading supplier of France’s everyday health products. The move will allow Cooper to increase alcohol deliveries to pharmacies to produce hydroalcoholic gel, the equivalent of approximately 1.8m individual 50ml vials.

Other Pernod Ricard subsidiaries around the world are also contributing to local efforts to fight the current pandemic and help their communities. Initiatives are being rolled out in Sweden, Spain and the United States to directly produce hand sanitiser within the Group’s plants or to supply stocks of pure alcohol.

Alexandre Ricard, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Pernod Ricard, commented: “As the world is facing a major pandemic, companies must mobilise, not only to ensure the safety of their employees, but also to contribute to collective efforts in accordance with their capabilities. By sharing our resources and making our production facilities available wherever they are needed, we are supporting our fellow citizens and local authorities. I would like to thank our employees who have worked hard to make everything possible in record time, all over the world.”

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