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Liquor company Pernod Ricard USA to make and donate hand sanitizer

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Pernod Ricard USA plans to produce hand sanitizer at all of its manufacturing sites and donate bottles to combat the coronavirus outbreak, the liquor company announced Wednesday.

Pernod Ricard USA, which makes Absolut Vodka, Avión Tequila, Kahlúa and other brands, has sites in Arkansas, West Virginia, Kentucky and Texas. The company said it will work with the government on plans for distribution of the hand sanitizer.

Multiple U.S. retailers have struggled to keep hand sanitizer on their shelves since the virus first started to spread.

The company is the largest subsidiary of Paris-based Pernod Ricard SA., which is the world’s second-largest spirits and wine company.

“Our company is proud to support the efforts of the Administration and communities across the country in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ann Mukherjee, CEO of Pernod Ricard North America.

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States said Monday that it is exploring how the industry can help address the hand sanitizer shortage.

“I am proud of Kentucky job creators who are stepping up during this national emergency to help keep communities and families safe. America remains strong and resilient, and the commitment of Pernod Ricard USA and the workers at Rabbit Hole Distillery to help face this challenge is the kind of generous response we need to stay that way,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement, citing the Pernod Ricard USA distillery in Louisville.

Other distillers are helping with the hand sanitizer shortage. A Pennsylvania distillery owner had filled 20 bottles as of Monday of an alcohol-based disinfectant, NBC reported

Tags Absolut Vodka Coronavirus Hand sanitizer Kahlúa Mitch McConnell Pernod Ricard North America Pernod Ricard USA

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