Vegan alcohol company Drake’s Organic Spirits—known for its vodka and rum beverages—recently converted a portion of its production process to create hand sanitizer to help American families and hospital workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The shortage of hand sanitizer is not a result of a lack of ingredients but rather a lack of individual containers for easy distribution. Upon realizing that its liquid Spiked Ice Vodka freeze-and-eat adult treats came in containers suitable for holding hand sanitizer, Drake’s converted its production of the alcoholic beverage to instead focus solely on producing the essential germ-fighting fluid. “This is the time to step up as businesses, as neighbors, and as citizens to fight COVID-19,” Drake’s Founder and CEO Mark Anderson said. “That’s why we have converted our entire Drake’s Organic Spiked Ice capacity to the production of hand sanitizer. We’ll focus on our spirits when this is over. Right now, we’re focused on doing our part to save lives.”
Drake’s hand sanitizer is made in accordance with US Food & Drug Administration and World Health Organization guidelines and sold in a pack of six, 2-ounce packages ($13.99)—which can be used to refill empty hand sanitizer containers and each pouch contains enough product to sanitize a pair of hands 59 times. Other sizes include 300-count packs and 4,000-count bulk bins. Drake’s—which is capable of producing 20 million 2-ounce packages per month—will match each package sold with an “ounce for ounce” donation to frontline workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.