Coronavirus: Beer brand BrewDog to develop hand sanitiser as UK faces shortage

The company is said to be using a WHO-approved recipe at its Scottish distillery

Independent brewer BrewDog has announced it is working on producing a batch of hand sanitiser to meet demand in the UK, as the coronavirus continues to spread.

In a statement to Cosmetics Business, the company is said to be using a World Health Organisation-approved recipe at its distillery in Aberdeen, Scotland.

BrewDog expects the batch will be on sale next week.

“To help with shortages we have started working on making hand sanitisers in Scotland,” said co-founder James Watt.

“We are determined to do everything we can to try and help as many people as possible stay safe.”

The announcement follows a number of non-beauty sector companies turning to the manufacture of hand sanitisers amid the national shortage.

Earlier this week, The British Honey Company, which produces spirits, honey and jam, was given the green light to start making denatured alcohol to use in hand sanitisers.

L’Oréal and LVMH have also ramped up their hand sanitiser production.

Meanwhile, the UK’s tax authority HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has said it will fast-track applications for denatured alcohol to meet demand.