Coronavirus Sourcing Unwanted Beer Converted into Handsanitizer by Koval Distillery

Converting Unwanted Beer into Hand Sanitizer to fight Coronavirus

Client: Organic Liqueurs and Spirits Distillery
Issue: Shift to Emergency Hand Sanitizer Production
Solution: Find and Repurpose Unused, Off-Spec Raw Material

Established in 2008, the Koval Distillery produces organic whiskey, liqueurs and specialty spirits in Chicago’s first distillery since the mid-1800s. At least they did before the Coronavirus pandemic erupted and they decided to shift a portion of their production capacity to manufacturing Hand Sanitizer, a product in desperate demand at all medical facilities. In need of raw material feedstock to make the sanitizer, Koval reached out to the local business community for ideas, and ERC Midwest got the call.

“Can you help us?” was the question. “Of course,” was our answer.

ERC Midwest immediately went to work identifying suitable feedstock material throughout our client network. We quickly found Koval several options that would work. With their approval, we sourced, secured and delivered a 3000-gallon batch of beer from Great Central Brewing Company. The beer had been made for a local craft brewery that, due to the pandemic, could no longer accept it. It was great beer that needed to either be disposed or find a new home. Turns out, the beer was a perfect feedstock ingredient for Koval’s hand sanitizer.

We’ve got more feedstock ready to supply and deliver as needed including kegs of beer from bars and restaurants that have expired.

In addition, ERC Midwest will soon be helping Koval deliver the hand sanitizer product to distribution facilities throughout Chicagoland to help get it where it’s most needed as quickly as possible.

We were proud to be the guide that helped this client [and our community] achieve its goals.

Another complex waste problem solved. Happy Client!

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