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Beattie’s Distillers plans to make sanitizer production permanent

June 12, 2020   ·   0 Comments

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, New Tecumseth has banded together as a community to support people, programs, and institutions in need.

In March, when the virus first started to spread, Beattie’s Distillers in Alliston began producing medical grade hand sanitizer in conjunction with its premium potato spirits, as Stevenson Memorial Hospital and local long-term care residences faced shortages. 

“Our priority from day one has been helping out frontline [workers] and first responders as well as essential businesses,” said Jonny Metcalfe, Beattie’s Sales Manager. “We looked at the World Health Organization’s recipe for making sanitizer and found out that we could do that very easily at our distillery.”

All of the ingredients to begin hand sanitizer production were already on hand and existing employees quickly learned how to create the new product. 

“This is something that our team has taken on and that says more about the team than anything, that they’re able to do it,” Metcalfe said.

What started out as a thoughtful gesture to support places in need has now evolved into a permanent product that will continue to be manufactured at Beattie’s for the foreseeable future.

Since March, the distillery sent donations of hand sanitizer to Beeton Manor, Kingsmere Retirement Residence, Riverwood Senior Living, The Good Samaritan Seniors Complex, Lifebeats First Aid, Alliston Out of the Cold, and Stevenson Memorial Hospital.

The Printing House in Alliston helped to make the hand sanitization production possible by providing Beattie’s with labels, which is needed when it is medical grade.

“If it doesn’t have a proper label on it, we can’t provide it to the public,” Metcalfe noted.

In addition to donating sanitizer where it was needed, Beattie’s has been selling it to essential businesses, combatting nationwide shortages that began in late April 

The distillery is now focused on making a gel hand sanitizer in addition to the liquid form they already produce.

In terms of alcohol production, Beattie’s recently expanded into Alberta’s markets and their Peppermint Vanilla Spirit – created last Christmas – is hitting the shelves in British Colombia near the end of the year. 

Any essential businesses looking to purchase quantities of hand sanitizer can contact Beattie’s Distillers directly at and express their interest.

By Sam Odrowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter


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