Fonterra is making 250,000 litres of high-grade ethanol available to New Zealand companies to use in the production of hand sanitiser.

The company will also increase ethanol production at one of their plants with a target of producing an extra 220,000 litres in a bid to reduce the spread of COVID-19 says Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell.

“Gull are already doing their part and we are working with them on testing a further 250,000 litres of their fuel grade ethanol to ensure it is suitable to be used for their sanitiser business.

“Taking a responsible approach right now is important for communities. We also are working with the Government on their priorities for front line services,” he says.

Last week Good George Brewing also announced it would be using brewery equipment to make sanitiser to help with the nationwide shortage. Their first batch has been distributed to groups in the community and they will remain open as an essential service during the lock down.