FAIRFIELD, NJ — The team at award-winning Claremont Distilled Spirits, Inc of Fairfield is doing its part to assist first responders and West Essex-area residents during the global health crisis by using its spirits to produce hand sanitizer, which has become such a high-demand product that it is often difficult to find. 

According to Sarafina Cartelli, head of the biochemistry department at Claremont, said the distillery became a legal distributor of hand sanitizer at the onset of the pandemic and will continue to produce it for as long as possible.

She added that there is currently no charge for the hand sanitizer, but that the distillery is accepting and is extremely appreciative of any donations, which go directly back into producing more product in order to assist the greatest amount of people. Monetary donations can be sent through Claremont's Venmo account (@Claremontdist).

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Additionally, Claremont Distillery is currently in need of aloe vera gel or juice, xanthum gum, glycerine and unused plastic bottles. According to Cartelli, there is no specific size for the plastic bottles, but small, clean bottles are preferred.

"If anyone has any food-grade diammonium phosphate, that would be great, but might be hard to find," said Tim Koether, founder and chief executive officer at Claremont Distillery.

A local teacher who recently picked up a bottle of hand sanitizer for a 93-year-old family member praised the local business for helping neighbors and first responders during this difficult time. 

For updates and availability, continue to check Claremont Distillery's Facebook page. Due to the high volumes, the distillery unable to answer phone calls and Emails at this time

"Please know our crew is working tirelessly to produce as much sanitizer as possible," said Koether. "We appreciate your patience."

CLICK HERE to visit Claremont Distillery on Facebook.