Local Wine Estate switches production from wines and spirits to high strength Hand Sanitiser


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La Mare Wine Estate is adapting to meet ongoing local demand for hand sanitiser, so instead of making wines and spirits for its normally busy tourist season, the Estate’s production team are now busy producing thousands of bottles of a high strength, 80% ethanol hand sanitiser.

This emergency hand rub has been made at the St Mary distillery in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak in an effort to help local critical services as well as the wider community, following an apparent extreme shortage of sanitising products in the global market.

The high strength formula is strictly made using a World Health Organization (WHO) approved recipe and its use is effective in line with government advice of regular hand washing to fight the spread of the virus.

La Mare’s head of production Tom Walker said, “Working with high strength ethanol is part of our daily job when producing our popular Royal Gins and other spirits so we already have the equipment, skills and bottling processes to produce large volumes pretty quickly and using a recipe recommended by the WHO made good sense. The normal manufacturing process has been amended to comply with social distancing guidelines and is working well.”

Managing Director, Tim Crowley said, “As a business we are normally focused on tourism, weddings and events at this time of year, so we obviously needed to diversify.

With such shortages of high strength hand sanitiser, our team are really pleased to be putting their skills to use in such a positive way.”

Fifty of the bottles produced have been donated to Jersey Hospice Care to support the difficult but excellent work carried out at Clarkson House.

The hand sanitiser rub is available to purchase now from maisondejersey.com in a 300ml pump bottle and a 500ml refill bottle.

Commercial enquiries can be directed to Karen Jones on 01534 481178 or email admin@lamarewineestate.com


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