Paradise Beverages powers on to produce sanitiser

Fiji's business sector has joined the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Fiji.

Fiji’s business sector has joined the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Fiji. From next week, Fiji’s leading alcohol beverages manufacturer Paradise Beverages will commence distilling more than 25,000 litres of hand sanitiser for distribution to the people of Fiji.

The company’s Rum Co distillery site which is mostly known for its spirits and brands including BATI rum and liqueurs, RATU rum and liqueurs, and Regal Gin and Whiskey will shift its production to alcohol-based hand sanitisers’ to help address the supply issues currently faced by most Fijians.

General Manager of Paradise Beverages Mike Spencer said the commitment is possible because of their partnership with other members of Fiji’s business community.

Mr Spencer said, “We are all committed to protecting the safety of our people and Fiji. Our team recognised the growing need for sanitiser in March and were quick to create a 40 litre test batch per the World Health Organization’s recipe.

“Since March we’ve been working to procure the ingredients and services needed to make and distribute more of the hand sanitiser under these challenging conditions.

“The Fiji Sugar Corporation have made an impressive contribution of 100 tonnes of molasses. As molasses is an ingredient in alcohol production, and alcohol is approximately 80 per cent of hand sanitiser, this means we’ll reach the hands of thousands more Fijians – literally.” Said Mr Spencer.

The 25,000 litre batch of hand sanitiser will be delivered by Coca-Cola Amatil Fiji to hospitals, medical centres, and villages in 1000 litre and 20 litre vessels. Once delivered it will then be distributed at the discretion of medical staff and community leaders.

Mr Spencer added: “We have the capacity to make more and ask any business or members of the Government who want to help to contact me at Paradise Beverages.”