Coronavirus: gin distilleries combat hand sanitiser shortages

NHS Shetland will shortly receive the product from Shetland Reel gin

HAND sanitiser production in Scotland is in full swing with distilleries from Shetland to Dumfries and Galloway producing large quantities for communities which lack supplies.

Producer of Shetland Reel gin, Saxa Vord Distillery in Unst, in the Shetland Islands, announced completion of its first batch of antibacterial gel this week for key workers in the area.

NHS Shetland will be first to receive the firm’s product, which is available in five-litre containers.

Stuart Nickerson, co-owner and director of Shetland Reel gin, said: “We are pleased that we can do something to help during this very difficult time.  It is important that those workers who are in desperate need of hand sanitiser are able to carry out their duties as safely as possible.”

Meanwhile, in Dumfries and Galloway, Oro Gin has made 50ml bottles of hand sanitiser which it is selling for £1.50 from its distillery in Dalton, near Dumfries; refills are available for £1.

Ray Clynick junior, master distiller at Oro and who is also a trained chemical biologist, said: “Given the serious nature of the situation, we knew we needed both the resource and infrastructure in place to really help make a difference, not just in the short term but in the longer term.

“We are fully committed to making sanitiser for as long as it’s needed; we are able to take more custom orders for bigger organisations as well as selling individual bottles which people can collect from the distillery or packs of eight can be bought online.”