Scotland-based ingredients supplier Macphie has partnered with Loch Lomond Distillery to create a hand sanitiser for frontline care services during the coronavirus outbreak.

The disinfectant hand rub is designed for use by primary care providers, including hospitals and care homes, and to help mitigate nationwide shortages.

Loch Lomond Distillery is blending ingredients supplied by Macphie with its own alcohol, before the bakery manufacturer bottles and packs the final products in its North Lanarkshire production site.

“We’re facing difficult times right now and we want to do everything we can to help the people fighting to get us through this pandemic,” said Andy Stapley, CEO of Macphie.

“Hand sanitiser has been flagged as an important tool in combating the coronavirus and I’m proud that Macphie is part of this collaboration. We will continue to honour this commitment for as long as possible.”

“We’re working hard to continue production while adhering to government guidance and, most importantly, keeping our people safe.”

Bottling will start this week with around 11,000 bottles in the first batch.

“I welcome the proposal by Macphie along with Loch Lomond Distillery to make and supply hand sanitisers to help fight this outbreak. Their action and community spirit show what a local family company can do in times of crisis, and I commend them for this action,” said Richard Lyle, MSP member of Uddingston and Bellshill.

Macphie has also been donating baked goods and long-life products to local nurseries, care homes and vulnerable families that have been struggling to access food supplies.