Industry Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic

We are in this together! Our COVID-19 Industry Response page is a resource for distillers, consumers, advocates and leaders within our industry. Please reach out to [email protected] if you have questions.

Cocktails To-Go Fact Sheet

Read our fact sheet how cocktails to-go are boosting the struggling hospitality industry and how we encourage maintaining responsibility measures.

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Support Restaurants & Bars by Advocating for Cocktails To-Go

Use our Spirits United grassroots platform to reach out to government officials to support legislation that allows bars and restaurants to sell cocktails to-go and other pro-spirits industry initiatives.

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Moderation & Responsibility at Home

For those adults who choose to drink, they should do so in moderation and responsibility at all times – even when spending more time at home. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

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Map of Distillers Making Hand Sanitizer

Visit our map of distillers producing hand sanitizer in their communities across the U.S. to fight COVID-19. They are #DistillersUnited4ACause.

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Keep Hand Sanitizer Out of Reach

Learn more about our public education campaign that raises awareness and provides a reminder that hand sanitizers containing alcohol should be kept out of reach of children.

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Hand Sanitizer Connection Portal

Our portal is available for ALL American distillers looking to produce hand sanitizer. We are working with numerous partner organizations to help with production and distribution including Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), the Food Industry Association (FMI), Consumer Brands Association, American Bakers Association, and the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA).

First, please fill out this form to publicly share more information about your sanitizer production and any needs.

We’ve heard from many other distillers who want to produce hand sanitizer, but who need supplies such as ethanol or hydrogen peroxide to produce the WHO Formula or who need supplies like bottles, labels, or boxes. We’ve also heard from distillers seeking help with distribution, including delivery, or who have enough sanitizer to share with a retailer to reach more people.

Our Portal aims to help make these connections:

Click here for a list of distillers who need supplies

Click here for a list of distillers who need distribution help

Visitors can search our list of distillers by their city, state, name, and what supplies or distribution help they need. Just click the “+” icon next to a distiller’s name to see more details, including a link to an individual profile with all of that distiller’s information at a glance.

Please contact [email protected] should you have questions or concerns.

Please visit the list of distillers who are producing sanitizer. This link will display:

  • distiller’s estimated weekly production,
  • how they’re packaging the hand sanitizer,
  • how to get in touch, and
  • if they’d like to sell or donate.

Visitors can search the list of distillers by city, state, name, and more. Just click the “+” icon next to a distiller’s name to see more details. The distiller’s information can also be viewed at a glance by clicking on their company name.

Please contact [email protected] should you have questions or concerns.

VAPP (Visibility and Procurement Platform) provides accredited buyers with unprecedented visibility and access to the nation’s supply of vital raw materials – chemicals like Isopropanol and Ethanol that are used in the production of hand sanitizer – and critical finished goods like N95 masks and gloves.  For DISCUS members that means having real time visibility into supply from trade associations such as the National Association of Chemical Distributors and the ability to procure items such as Hydrogen Peroxide and Glycerin with a couple clicks.

For the first time, accredited suppliers will have the ability to sell their materials and finished goods at fair market prices in all 50 states, reaching the organizations and geographies with the greatest need to battle COVID-19. Suppliers maintain full control over which accredited buyers they sell to and all pricing is kept confidential.

VAPP has payment and bulk freight logistics built into the platform enabling quantities of all sizes to move across the country with a few clicks. EchoSystem realize. To prevent price-gouging, all transactions and prices are logged in real time providing system-wide access to pricing anomalies.

VAPP is built on the latest, secure cloud-based technology and is available free of charge. Companies can be up and buying or selling in less than 24 hours and also have instant access to post needed items on the wanted board. Click here to learn more or to sign up. http://www.echosystem.com/vapp or reach out to [email protected].

Hat’s off to all of the distillers that have pivoted during COVID-19 to assist the community by making hand santizer. Recognizing this on-going need, Brew Pipeline has identified a way to integrate the beer industry in this process as well, and further contribute to the community. One of the many impacts of COVID-19 is a surplus of kegged beer, left to spoil in the hands of numerous distributors across the country. With the knowledge that beer can be distilled into alcohol, and therefore into sanitizer, Brew Pipeline is making themselves available to connect distillers with this excess beer to do just that. If this proves to be an efficient and cost effective solution for both using up beer and producing sanitizer, please contact Trip Kloser at [email protected] – (301)346-1125 for more information.

Guidance on distilling this unused beer for hand sanitizer can be found in the DISCUS Hand Sanitizer Guidance document.

The Changing Marketplace

Hand Sanitizer and Disinfectant Spray Production and Compliance Guidance

Charity Relief Efforts

COVID-19 Scams

Unfortunately as is the case in many crisis situations, there are those who are attempting to take advantage of consumers and companies. We have recently learned that distilleries have been receiving requests from malicious or fraudulent entities posing as hand sanitizer supply chain companies. We would like to caution you to please vet all requests and unsolicited communications thoroughly before clicking on any links or  taking any other action. We have listed below some warning signs and resources to help you identify potential scams.

  • Familiar Companies. Phishing emails and calls might seem like they are from a company you know or trust. If you receive an email or a text that asks you to verify personal or financial information, contact the company via a phone number or website you know to be authentic.
  • Unfamiliar Companies. If you are not familiar with the company contacting you, check the source of the request by researching the company online. If they do not appear to have a web presence or have a misleading business purpose, do not engage.
  • Urgent Requests. If the request uses urgent and demanding language while requesting personal or financial information, this request may be fraudulent.
  • Phishing Scam Info. More information from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on how to identify, avoid, and report phishing scams can be found here.

Packaging of Sanitizers

There has been increased attention on the packaging used by distillers manufacturing hand sanitizer. This is a friendly reminder that distillers should be mindful to ensure that any packaging makes it clear that the product is sanitizer and not a beverage product. For context, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Poison Control organizations have expressed concern about children or others inadvertently consuming hand sanitizer as the demand for this product increases in response to COVID-19. For more information, see the FDA’s Guidance on Safely Using Hand Sanitizer, the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ Page on Hand Sanitizer, and the DISCUS Hand Sanitizer Guidance document.

To help raise further awareness on the importance of keeping sanitizers out of reach of children, please consider adding an overt warning label on your packages and continue to share the message through your social media channels with the public awareness materials provided by DISCUS. Please let us know if you have questions and thank you for all you are doing to keep our communities safe.

Thank you!

To the distillers who are working hard to produce hand sanitizer for their communities, thank you. To the first responders, medical professionals, grocery store employees, delivery men and women, truck drivers, and warehouse employees who continue to keep America moving, thank you. We’ll be stronger when this is behind us. Until then, we are #DistillersUnited4ACause.