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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
- How Congress Can Support the Distilled Spirits Industry During the COVID-19 Crisis
- COVID-19 Economic Relief For Distillers (updated: July 6, 2020)
- WEBINAR: SBA Assistance for Craft Distillers During COVID-19
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) EZ Loan Forgiveness Application
- Joint Statement from SBA Administrator Carranza and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on PPP Flexibility Act Implementation
- Joint Letter with the Wisconsin Distillers Guild (June 2020)
- Rep. Williams and Rep. Crow letter with 136 Members of the House seeking to permanently enact the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (June 2020)
- Joint Letter with the Florida Craft Distillers Guild (June 2020)
- Sen. Blunt and Sen. Stabenow letter with 20 Senators seeking domestic and imported FET deferral (June 2020)
- Joint Letter with the Ohio Distillers Guild (May 2020)
- Joint Letter with Texas Distilled Spirits Association and Texas Whiskey Association (May 2020)
- Rep. Blumenauer, Rep. Reed, Rep. Quigley, and Rep. Wagner letter with 130 Members of the House of the Representatives to Secretary Mnuchin on domestic federal excise tax deferral (May 2020)
- Comment to the Small Business Administration on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Implementation (May 2020)
- Joint Letter with California Artisanal Distillers Guild (May 2020)
- Joint Letter with the Distillers Association of North Carolina (May 2020)
- Rep. Hurd and Rep. Rice letter with 20 Members of the House to Secretary Mnuchin on imported spirits federal excise tax deferral (May 2020)
- Joint Letter with the Maryland Distillers Guild (May 2020)
- Joint Letter with the Tennessee Distillers Guild (May 2020)
- Joint Letter with the New York State Distillers Guild (April 2020)
- Joint Letter with Virginia Distillers Association (April 2020)
- Spirits Industry Letter to House and Senate Leadership Seeking Support for Distillers in Upcoming COVID-19 Relief Package (April 2020)
- Craft Beverage Coalition Letter to House and Senate Leadership Seeking Support for Beverage Alcohol Producers in COVID-19 Relief Package (April 2020)
- Pennsylvania Letter to the FDA Regarding Hand Sanitizer
- Senators Blunt and Peters letter with 5 Senators to the FDA on Guidance For Hand Sanitizer (April 2020)
- Rep. Yarmuth and Rep. Barr letter with 85 Members of the House of Representatives to the FDA on hand sanitizer (March 2020)
- Spirits Industry Letter to Senate Leadership Requesting Relief in COVID-19 Legislative Package (March 2020)
- Craft Beverage Coalition Letter to Congressional Leadership Seeking Support in COVID-19 Relief Package (March 2020)
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
- Cocktails-To-Go Fact Sheet
- WEBINAR: The Impact of COVID-19 on Existing Contracts: Is Performance Still Required?
- WEBINAR: Reopening the Workplace: Avoiding Insurance Issues
- WEBINAR: Kentucky Direct Shipping: HB415
- WEBINAR: Tips on Infection Control with Reopening Distillery Tasting Rooms and Tours
- WEBINAR: Managing Business Risk, Health & Safety Compliance, and Best Practices
- Steps to Creating a Pandemic Plan
- Infectious Disease Preparedness & Emergency Response Plan – Template
- Social Distance Poster of 2 Bourbon Barrels_Editable
- FFCRA Poster
- Workstation Ergonomics
- CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- CDC/OSHA COVID-19 Interim Guidance for Manufacturing Workers and Employers
- CDC COVID-19 Reopening Considerations for Restaurants and Bars
- CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes
- Screening Food Industry Employees for COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposure
- Emergency Prevention Measures to Achieve Social Distancing in Food Manufacturing Facilities as Related to COVID-19
- Food Industry Recommended Protocols When Employee/ Visitor/ Customer Tests Positive for COVID-19
- State and Local COVID-19 Response Information (thanks to MultiState)
- States allowing delivery to consumers of Distilled Spirits Purchased From Retailers (March 2020)
- State On- and Off-Premise Retail Closures
- U.S. Government Guidance and Recommendations for Workplaces and Businesses
Hand Sanitizer and Disinfectant Spray Production and Compliance Guidance
- DISCUS Guidance on Hand Sanitizer (06/24/2020)
- Keep Out of Reach campaign
- Information on Bitrex Safety Technology / Bitrex Handling Guidelines
- DHS Guidance on Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)
- NACD Buyers Guild & Member Listing
- OSHA Process Safety Management Standard
- WEBINAR: DOT Training for Transporting Hazardous Materials
- WEBINAR: Part 1: Production and Compliance of Hand Sanitizer to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
- WEBINAR: Part 2: Production and Compliance of Hand Sanitizer to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
- WEBINAR: SBA Assistance for Craft Distillers during COVID-19
- WEBINAR: OSHA Guidance for Distillers Operating Retail and Manufacturing Facilities
- WEBINAR: Compliance and Mitigating Legal Risk While Producing Hand Sanitizer
- WEBINAR: Advice on Registering Your Product with the FDA
Charity Relief Efforts
- USBG National Charity Foundation- COVID-19 Relief Campaign
- Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation- COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund
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.
- Other Scam Info, Resources, and Reporting. The FTC has also detailed some other scams targeting businesses related to the pandemic. Please see the FTC’s COVID-19 page and the FBI’s COVID-19 page for additional information and to report any scams or fraud.
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.
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.