The demand for disinfecting alcohol to sanitize surfaces has increased dramatically
Cargill, one of Europe’s largest alcohol producers, donates a first batch of 60,000 liters of disinfecting alcohol to the health sector in the Netherlands. Through the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) this will be distributed to hospitals and other healthcare institutions in the Netherlands where a shortage has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
Since the rapid global spread of the COVID-19 virus, the demand for disinfecting alcohol – to sanitize surfaces – has increased dramatically, and many health institutions throughout Europe are facing imminent shortages.
Also, Cargill has donated 100,000 liters of disinfecting alcohol to the Belgian government to produce disinfectant hand gel for the emergency services.
In addition to alcohol for the beverage and health industry, Cargill also supplies a wide range of food ingredients. Cis Van Doninck, CFO of Cargill’s Global Food Business: “Cargill delivers an essential service to the world – providing the ingredients, feed and food that nourish people and animals. We are working around the clock with farmers and our customers to feed the world safely and responsibly during this unprecedented time. Our eight Belgian plants are operating at full speed, and we are so grateful that every day our employees continue to produce the food people and animals need during this pandemic.”
In addition to the donation of alcohol, Cargill donated 228 protective Tyvek suits to the city of Vilvoorde, 600 protective jackets to the fire service of Walloon Picardy and 50 P3 masks to the Ghent University Hospital.