The Bacardi Bottling Corp. is producing hand sanitizer at its North Jacksonville facility that will be given to hospitals and first responders across Florida.

The Bacardi Bottling Corp. is working to produce 24,000 gallons of hand sanitizer at its North Jacksonville facility that will be distributed to hospitals and first responders throughout the state, including a shipment that was donated Thursday to Jacksonville International Airport.


Eddie Gay, a manager with Bacardi Bottling, said he delivered 240 750-milliliter bottles to the airport, which will be used by police and frontline workers within the airport’s operations and maintenance departments.


The company has shifted all production at its Jacksonville facility, which normally produces and bottles Bacardi rum, to produce hand sanitizer.


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Gay said the company is adding ingredients approved by the Food and Drug Administration to the denatured alcohol. The sanitizer is 80 percent alcohol by volume, which meets the guidelines set by the World Health Organization.


Gay said the first batch took roughly 10 hours to produce, and the company has already begun a second batch to deliver to other agencies in need.


A press release from the company said the Jacksonville production facility will produce 120,000 bottles of hand sanitizer that will be distributed to hospitals and first responders in all 67 Florida counties. The facility will also produce 6,000 additional gallons of denatured alcohol that will be given to other businesses that will use it make hand sanitizer.


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“As a family-owned company, Bacardi puts people first and this time will be no different. We are part of the community and are here to support those in the front lines helping to keep us safe,” said Darrin Mueller, director of operations for Bacardi Bottling Corp.