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Queensland Distilleries Repurpose Products and Equipment for the Produce of Hand Sanitisers

Forward-thinking rum and gin makers in Queensland are diversifying their distilleries to help fight the spread of the Coronavirus. Existing production lines are ramping up ethanol production, the key ingredient of hand sanitiser. Major rum producers, Bundaberg Rum and Beenleigh Rum have put their hands up to help the nation after learning of the call-out to Queensland manufacturers.

Cameron Dick, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning requested help from Queensland manufacturers to combat the shortage of hand sanitising products in Australia. Hon Cameron Dick said “My department has reached out to Queensland manufacturers, and the response, particularly from two of the most-loved brands in our state, shows just how much local companies are willing to do to help Queenslanders.”

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Queensland Liquor Legends Working Towards A Greater Cause

By late March 2020, Australia’s oldest rum distillery, Beenleigh Rum will contribute to the country’s supply of hand sanitiser for schools and frontline workers. Bundaberg Rum has produced and donated 100,000 litres of ethanol to the Queensland Government and this will manufacture around 500,000 hand sanitiser bottles.

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Brisbane Distillery Company Hand Sanitising Products

It’s not only the rum distillers who are doing their best. Brisbane Distillery Company at West End in Brisbane have committed its entire production capacity to the manufacture of ethanol for hand sanitising products to help slow down the curve of COVID-19 in Australia. 

In a press release, Jon Atherton, Brisbane Distillery’s chief distiller said “A lot of friends who are doctors have told me that they have run out of sanitising products – this prompted me to investigate how we could repurpose the products and equipment we have here at the distillery. Both healthcare providers and the general public are able to purchase the sanitising product with volume limitations. A discounted rate applies to healthcare workers on presentation of professional registration and/or business card. Individuals can buy between half a litre up to 5 litres. Online customers are advised not to visit the distillery until they receive a pickup confirmation.

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Queensland Manufacturers Helping Everyday Queenslanders

Hon Dick says “The government is still reaching out to manufacturers, suppliers and producers to identify any issues in the supply chain and help investigate ways to keep businesses open by retooling.  We’ve also set up a webpage for manufacturers who could move into untraditional production areas. “Manufacturers can complete a short online form at qld.gov.au/qld-supplies and we’ll work to connect them with any new suppliers, producers and networks they may need. “State Development officers from across Queensland are ready to help our businesses help more Queenslanders.”

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NSW Distillery | Husk Distillers Join The Coronavirus Fight For More Liquid Sanitiser!

Husk Distillers in Tumbulgum Northern NSW is a boutique Craft Gin and Agricole distillery. The distillers have adapted their huge Forsyth column still to produce quality surface liquid sanitiser. The distillery is working overtime to get this product out to the everyone in need. Their surface and hand sanitiser is made from rectified gin heads and tails with a residual lemon myrtle scent.

This liquid sanitiser is not a gel and can be used on any surface. It is ideal for decanting into your own pump pack or spray bottle for personal use.

Warning: Caution highly flammable, not to be ingested, keep out of reach of children.

Australian Distilleries Diversify To Overcome The Shortage Of Medical-Grade Sanitising Products

With worldwide demand soaring for medical and hygiene goods such as hand sanitiser, many Australian distilleries are helping to keep up with the urgent demand. The Australian Government Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) announced it would cut red tape to make the process easier for distilleries to produce sanitising products under unprecedented circumstances.

The decision has taken enormous pressure off TGA licensed manufacturers of hand and liquid sanitising products. Australian distilleries are required to abide by strict manufacturing methods, formulations, ingredients, labelling and advertising guidelines. The TGA relaxation is a lifeline for many Australian distilleries who can continue to operate and provide employment during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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