Bucks distillery joins coronavirus fight making hand sanitisers

A pharmacy in Stoke-on-Trent advised customers that they have run out of hand sanitiser, as the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases grows around the world, Stoke-on-Trent, Britain, March 16, 2020. REUTERS/Carl Recine

A small British company which makes honey and gin is to start producing alcohol-based hand sanitiser products by the end of the week to tackle a national shortage sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

The British Honey Company said its distillery in Buckinghamshire, southern England, will start producing hand sanitiser after receiving permission from HM Treasury.

Made with 70% alcohol and extracts of honey and green tea, the sanitiser would be produced in the facility’s excess capacity, it said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Being able to produce such an in demand product within our existing capabilities enhances our existing business model at the same time as assisting with the efforts to combat the spread of Covid-19,” chief executive Michael Williams said.

The government has urged leading companies such as Ford and Rolls Royce to help in the national push to produce more medical products such as ventilators.