Puerto Rico distilleries transform their production to make ethyl alcohol

March 20, 2020

The Bacardi and Serallés distilleries will transform their production to make ethyl alcohol in the face of the global emergency due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Serrallés will donate free ethyl alcohol, with a concentration of 70 percent, to hospitals and health clinics. "Given the critical health emergency our people is experiencing, we have refocused our manufacturing operations to produce ethyl alcohol and donate it to the hospital and health sector," read a statement. 

Meanwhile, Bacardí will help supply the ethanol needed to produce hand sanitizers. “The Bacardí Corporation distillery in Cataño, where more than 80 percent of the company's rums are produced, has partnered with the Puerto Rico-based manufacturer Olein Recovery Inc. to provide the raw material that will allow the production of more than 1.7 million 10-ounce units of hand sanitizer, "said José Class, Vice President of Supply Chain and Manufacturing for the company in Latin America and the Caribbean. "At 70 percent alcohol, these products are in line with the World Health Organization's recommendations to contain the spread of the virus," he added in writing. 

Bacardí will donate to local communities over half a million 10-ounce units of the hand sanitizer produced in partnership with Olein. This Friday, late in the morning, Bacardí began distributing the disinfectants made with ethanol provided by the distillery, along with the disinfectants produced by Olein, to workers of the United States Postal Service, firefighters and police. According to Class, this company plans to expand its distribution next week to non-profit organizations, including United Way. 

The temporary change in production began on March 17, and will continue as needed. This emergency action will not interrupt the production or supply of Bacardí rum.

By: Telemundo PR