Pernod Ricard USA Affiliate Smooth Ambler Spirits Helps Fill Sanitizer Shortage
MAXWELTON, WV: Smooth Ambler Spirits’ corporate partner, Pernod Ricard, in an effort to respond to the national shortage of hand sanitizer caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, reached out directly to the Trump administration offering the facilities of some of its US distilleries to be used temporarily to produce and donate the much needed sanitizer. The Pernod Ricard distilleries, including West Virginia’s Smooth Ambler Spirits, are uniquely suited to immediately help fill the gap in the supply for the antibacterial gel.
“Our company is proud to support the efforts of the Administration and communities across the country in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ann Mukherjee, Chairman and CEO, Pernod Ricard North America.
Mukherjee credited federal officials, including Dr. Peter Navarro, Assistant to the President for Trade and Manufacturing, for their role in helping Pernod Ricard quickly navigate several regulatory hurdles and obtain the necessary approvals to produce American-made hand sanitizer. “In coordination with Dr. Navarro and the White House Task Force we are utilizing our network of American manufacturing sites to help curb the national shortage of hand sanitizer which we will produce and donate for domestic use.”
“The health and safety of our employees – and our communities – is our top priority,” Mukherjee said. “In times like this it is important that everyone, especially companies with strong U.S. roots, like ours, prioritize good corporate citizenship and step up in the name of the greater good. I am glad that we were able to form this public/private partnership and repurpose our spirits production facilities to meet a pressing, national need.”
“We have been struggling over the past few weeks to try and find a way to help our neighbors”, said Smooth Ambler’s Head Distiller and CEO John Little, “And I am proud of our partnership with Pernod, led by a wonderful team, and prouder still to join our extended distillery family in stepping up, pivoting briefly from our whiskey mission to a greater community cause, and help provide this necessary and potentially life-saving item.”
Smooth Ambler will begin production of hand as early as this week.