One of the key messages for businesses looking to overcome the challenges presented by the Covid-19 crisis, has been the importance of reacting and adapting to changing market conditions as quickly and effectively as possible. Among the leading examples are the number of drinks producers who have updated their processes to manufacture hand sanitiser for use by the NHS, as well as other organisations and the general public.
In the last few days we've been able to support one of our gin producer customers who was seeking additional ethanol in order to satisfy demand for the sanitiser it's making.
Thanks to our continuing collaboration with the Scotch Whiskey Association, which represents more than 70 distillers in Scotland, we were able to connect the customer to distillers who are holding large volumes of ethanol not currently being used.
At present, the UK government’s guidelines on safe working practices mean that many of these distillers are operating with severely restricted workforces – as such, production levels are considerably lower than in normal circumstances. As these distillers hold large volumes of ethanol which is not currently needed for whisky production, it makes sense to connect these businesses with other producers that have an immediate need for that ethanol. To this end, the SWA has set up an online portal designed to bring distillers together with sanitiser makers, as well as distributors and packagers.
Through this portal, our gin-producing customer has now been able to contact three distillers which will help it replenish its ethanol supplies.
The SWA portal can be used by companies to request supplies or advertise their availability. It is also open to organisations that have a need for hand sanitiser, such as care homes or other at-risk workplaces.