SA distillery shifts production efforts to hand sanitiser

South Australian distillery Never Never Distilling Co releases locally-made hand sanitiser.

South Australia-based distillery Never Never Distilling Co. has released a locally-made hand sanitiser to assist local medical practises and other high needs organisations who have exhausted their local supply.

The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world has caused severe shortages in essential medical supplies. Distilleries such as Never Never Distilling Co. have stepped up to plate, largely due to their access to sanitiser’s key ingredient, ethanol.  

“We never would have anticipated making hand sanitiser,” said Never Never managing director, George Georgiadis.

“It’s availability has plummeted across the country and we’re seeing everyone step up, from the big guys like Four Pillars, to the smaller businesses like us,” he says.

While the Never Never team are still ensuring there is ample availability of their gin on hand, they have shifted production to include two varieties of locally produced and distributed hand sanitiser.

The first is an 80 per cent variant that will be delivered to local medical practices. This version is made to the strict specifications outlined by the World Health Organisation and as such, allows it to be used in hospitals.

Due to its required high alcohol percentage, this product is unable to be shipped so will be hand delivered to those practises in need across Adelaide and McLaren Vale.

“We are focusing the majority of our efforts on supplying health care professionals around the city who have reached out to us.

“We are planning on supplying these practices with bulk sanitiser in 15 litre returnable plastic dangerous goods containers, which we will collect after use,” he continues.

Like most sanitisers being made in distilleries at the moment, this sanitiser comes in a in liquid form, designed to refill your own spray and pump bottles.

Never Never has also developed a second product at 68 per cent alcohol sanitiser that will be available online and will be shipped initially to their online subscribers.

This product will be released in very limited quantities so that the majority of sanitiser produced can supply the healthcare industry. This product complies with government health recommendations for domestic use.

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