20 May 2020
Bacardi Distillery in Aberfeldy, has been making hand sanitiser to support the global efforts in reducing the spread of coronavirus, alongside four other Bacardi-owned distilleries in Scotland (Cawdor, Craigellachie, Aultmore and Macduff) plus its Glasgow-based Dewar’s whisky operations centre. In total, the company has produced more than 8,500 litres of hand sanitiser in Scotland over the past month, which has been donated to frontline workers including the Scottish Ambulance Association, Scottish Fire and Rescue, local care homes and hospitals.
The latest donation was made to Stagecoach bus drivers in Perth and Blairgowrie this week.
David Frenz, Operations Director, Stagecoach East Scotland said: “We're really thankful for the support Bacardi have shown us by providing hand sanitiser to our staff. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak we have been providing our staff with hand sanitiser, however this additional support will keep our staff protected as they continue to provide vital services for key workers.”
Aberfeldy Distillery is just one of 14 Bacardi production sites worldwide which have produced over 1.5 million litres of sanitiser in recent weeks for donation to local communities.
Niall Mitchell, UK Operations Director for Bacardi, said: “As a family-owned company, it’s in the Bacardi DNA to do all we can to help our local communities in times of need. We’re incredibly humbled by the tireless efforts of frontline workers across Scotland and are proud to be doing our bit to help, not just globally but right here on the doorstep of our whisky distilleries. By donating hand sanitiser to the people who need it most, from bus drivers to care workers, our goal is to make a real difference in the fight against COVID-19.”
Stagecoach buses continue to operate in the area to a reduced timetable providing connections for key workers and essential trips in line with travel advice from the government. Current timetable information is available here.