Pernod Ricard Produces Hand Sanitizer to Help U.S. Combat COVID-19

Premium wine & spirits leader Pernod Ricard USA answered the Trump Administration’s call to action announcing that it will produce and donate hand sanitizer

The hand sanitizer will be produced at all of Pernod Ricard  USA’s manufacturing sites, including:

  • their facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • Smooth Ambler Spirits (Lewisburg, WV)
  • Rabbit Hole Distillery (Louisville, KY)
  • TX Whiskey Distillery (Ft. Worth, TX)
Ann Mukherjee, Chairman, and CEO, Pernod Ricard North America said:

“Our company is proud to support the efforts of the Administration and communities across the country in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Mukherjee credited federal officials, including Dr. Peter Navarro, Assistant to the President for Trade and Manufacturing, for their role in helping Pernod Ricard USA. To 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.”

Mukherjee added:

“The health and safety of our employees – and our communities – is our top priority. In times like this, it is important that everyone, to prioritize good corporate citizenship. Also, to step up in the name of the greater good. I am glad that we were able to form this public/private partnership. Moreover, repurpose our spirits production facilities to meet a pressing, national need.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) commended Pernod Ricard USA’s efforts said:

“I am proud of Kentucky job creators who are stepping up during this national emergency. To help keep communities and families safe. America remains strong and resilient. The commitment of Pernod Ricard USA and the workers at Rabbit Hole Distillery to help face this challenge is the kind of generous response we need to stay that way.”