1 May 2020, (GLASGOW, SCOTLAND) – Beam Suntory’s Auchentoshan distillery has produced 2,500 litres of hand sanitiser to donate to local health services and community organisations to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
A small on-site team, following all government-recommended safety guidelines, has produced and hand-filled 4,600 bottles for donation. The sanitiser is now being distributed to more than 30 organisations including hospitals, care homes, volunteering groups, food banks, and other charitable organisations across Scotland.
Auchentoshan distillery was founded in Glasgow in 1823 and is known for being the only Single Malt in Scotland to triple-distill every drop of its liquid. It is part of Beam Suntory, a world leader in premium spirits.
Francis Conlon, Distillery Manager at Auchentoshan, remarked: “We’re so proud to be able to play a small part to help our local community in the fight against COVID-19 and support organisations doing such vital work. The team has been working hard, hand-filling bottles to ensure that healthcare workers, carers, and volunteers on the front lines have what they need.
I’d like to thank our entire team at Auchentoshan who made this possible, as well as our colleagues from our Springburn Head Office who assisted with sanitiser formulation, regulatory compliance, and the sourcing of additional materials and packaging.”
Gil Paterson, MSP for the Clydebank & Milngavie Constituency, also commented: “I want to say on behalf of my constituents how pleased and gratified we are by the generosity shown by Auchentoshan Distillery, producing this vital hand sanitiser that has been in such short supply. We owe them a big, big thanks for this act of kindness which I am sure will be long remembered by the public.”
About Beam Suntory
As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon brands, Suntory whisky Kakubin and Courvoisier cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s and Legent bourbon; Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki Japanese whisky; Auchentoshan, Teacher’s, Laphroaig and Bowmore Scotch whisky; Canadian Club whisky; Hornitos and Sauza tequila; EFFEN, Haku and Pinnacle vodka; Sipsmith and Roku gin; and Midori liqueur.
Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and vision of Growing for Good. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.beamsuntory.com and www.drinksmart.com.
Founded in 1823, Auchentoshan (pronounced “ock-un-tosh-un”) is Glasgow’s closest distillery, and is known for triple distilling every drop of its Single Malt Scotch whisky.
In the Gaelic tongue, Auchentoshan means “the corner of the field” - a clear representation of the rolling Lowland backdrop of the distillery ideally situated between the Kilpatrick Hills, Loch Lomond and the modern cosmopolitan city of Glasgow. With over 180 years of whisky making expertise, Auchentoshan is a light, subtle and smooth spirit with a contemporary style that breaks the mould in the old-fashioned world of Single Malts.
The award-winning Auchentoshan portfolio includes Auchentoshan® American Oak®, Auchentoshan® 12 Year Old, Auchentoshan® Three Wood®, Auchentoshan® 18 Year Old and the limited release Auchentoshan® 21 Year Old.