Labatt revamps beer production and begins making hand sanitizer instead


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Labatt Breweries are redeveloping their beer manufacturing facilities to brew up to 50,000 bottles of hand sanitizer as they join the global effort to fight COVID-19.

The effort will include facilities in London, Ontario, Edmonton, Montreal, Vancouver and Mill Street Beer Hall in Toronto.

The initial production of 50,000 bottles will be donated to Food Banks Canada, front-line workers and those in the bar and restaurant industry that serve take-out meals.

“This is a national crisis unlike any we have ever seen in our lifetime and we feel compelled to do all we can to help through our disaster relief program,” said Charlie Angelakos, Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs at Labatt.

“Our goal is to put this much-needed disinfectant into the hands of those who need it most, especially those on the frontlines serving their communities as we all come together. “

The brewery will follow guidelines set by the World Health Organization, Angelakos said, and is working on how to safely dispense hand sanitizer.

Chris Hatch, CFO of Food Banks Canada, said he was grateful for the donation of hand sanitizer.

“It’s times like these that organizations like ours need more support than ever before to help dedicated food bankers on the ground helping vulnerable people in our communities,” Hatch said.

This is not the first time that the brewer has reorganized its production to help in the event of a crisis. It has produced drinking water cans a dozen times during disasters, such as the Fort McMurray, Alta., Wildfires in 2016.

This is the first time the company has made anything other than clean water as part of its disaster relief program, which was established in 2012.

Labatt Brewery in London, Ontario. maintains an emergency supply of potable water to be shipped free of charge to disaster-stricken communities in Canada whose water supply has been compromised. (Colin Butler / CBC News)


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