Lidl Ireland partners with West Cork Distillers to produce hand sanitiser 

Move "exemplifies the agility, innovation and strength of our longstanding partnership with West Cork Distillers," says Kevin Haverty, buying director, Lidl Ireland

100ml bottles of hand sanitiser will be on sale in Lidl stores nationwide for just €1.99 from Thursday, 21 May, while supplies last

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18 May 2020 | 0

Lidl Ireland has joined forces with Cork-based spirits supplier, West Cork Distillers, to produce alcohol-based hand sanitiser in response to the coronavirus pandemic shortage. The 100ml bottles will be available for Lidl customers across the country for just €1.99 from Thursday, 21 May, while supplies last.

West Cork Distillers was initially quick to support Lidl by manufacturing hand sanitiser for customer and employee use as the coronavirus hit and there was a global shortage.  This was welcomed by the company which was able to give its team and customers the confidence to work and shop safely.

West Cork Distillers has been supplying Lidl Ireland with premium, award-winning spirits since 2015 and the retailer has invested more than €12 million into the business to date. The distillery supplies Lidl with its own brand of luxury Irish whiskeys and gins, including Wild Burrow Irish Gin and Dundalgan Irish Whiskey. Lidl has also facilitated the export of these best-selling products to Lidl stores in 16 countries across Europe.

“This initiative exemplifies the agility, innovation and strength of our longstanding partnership with West Cork Distillers,” said Kevin Haverty, buying director, Lidl Ireland.

“We’re extremely proud to rise to the challenge of producing and distributing much needed hand sanitiser for our employees, and now our customers in the communities we serve across the island during these challenging times,” Haverty said.

John O’Connell, director, West Cork Distillers, went into greater detail on how the partnership with Lidl has supported its expansion.

“Lidl has given us the opportunity to not only supply to their stores across Ireland and Northern Ireland but also to export to various Lidl stores around Europe which has allowed us to strengthen our capacity, grow our workforce and business exponentially over the past five years,” O’Connell said. “We’re delighted to be able to utilise our resources during this difficult time to help Lidl supply an essential product like this to their customers and staff.”

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