U.K. Contract Manufacturer Makes Over 250K Bottles Of Hand Sanitizer In Response To COVID-19

May 20, 2020
Cod Beck Blenders began producing hand sanitizer in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Steven Meyer, managing director of Cod Beck Blenders

Cod Beck Blenders, a Thirsk, U.K.-based toll and contract manufacturer that began producing hand sanitizer in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, says it has now manufactured over 100,000 liters on behalf of customers in a matter of weeks. The company, which employs 100, had not previously manufactured hand sanitizer but received derogation from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to produce the product during the current pandemic. Cod Beck Blenders was determined to manufacture effective and compliant product from the outset, according to the company, and used the World Health Organization formulation for the 70% alcohol-based hand rub.

Robust regulation around production reportedly required Cod Beck Blenders to create the correct safety data sheets and also to ensure compliant labelling was used, which then had to be reviewed by an external regulatory expert. The company, along with many others, also faced the challenge of managing the very tight supply chain to source all of the relevant materials and packaging.

Packaged in 450ml and 500ml bottles, the hand sanitizer is destined for hospitals, care homes and local government services in Yorkshire, U.K. Cod Beck Blenders has also been supplying hand sanitizer to its own customers to help them to continue their vital operations.

“The opportunity to produce the hand sanitizer came about via a connection of one of our existing customers who recommended us,” explains Steven Meyer, managing director of Cod Beck Blenders. “The business, like many others, had a massive supply problem as its usual routes had stopped. Fortunately, as a third party processor working with some of the leading names across a wide range of sectors, we had the expertise and technology to help out very quickly.”

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