News Release

  • No.13704(2020/4/15)

Suntory Group to start providing sanitizing solutions in Japan to fight against the spread of COVID-19

TOKYO, JAPAN (15th April 2020)—Suntory Group, a global leader in both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages industry, is stepping up its efforts to support the global fight against COVID-19 by providing sanitizing solutions to help meet the demands of hand sanitizers.

In Japan, Suntory Holdings will be providing neutral alcohol produced in Suntory Spirits’ Osaka Plant that are substitutable for disinfectant liquids to hospitals and healthcare facilities. While Suntory has been exploring for ways to best support the increasing need of hand sanitizers, this comes amid a temporary lift of regulation enabling the use of liquids with high alcohol content as disinfectants in hospitals nationwide. Neutral alcohol will be delivered to hospitals and healthcare facilities in late April.

In addition, Beam Suntory, a member of Suntory group and a global leader in premium spirits headquartered in Chicago, US, has already commenced producing hand sanitizers in its production facility in Clermont, Kentucky. These finished sanitizers are now being donated to first responders, medical professionals and other essential service providers in Kentucky.

As the world faces an unprecedented crisis, Suntory Group remains devoted to giving back to society where we live and work and is determined to do whatever we can to fight the spread of COVID-19 in solidarity with the world.

About Suntory Group
As a global leader in both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages industry, Suntory Group offers a uniquely diverse portfolio of products from premium spirits, beer and wine to brewed teas, bottled water, carbonated soft drinks, ready-to-drink coffee and energy drinks, along with health and wellness products. Suntory is home to award-winning Japanese whiskies Yamazaki, Hibiki and Hakushu as well as iconic American spirits Jim Beam and Maker's Mark. We also fascinate the taste buds in Japan and the Asian market with our Premium Malt's beer. Our brand collection also includes non-alcoholic favorites Orangina, Lucozade, Ribena, BOSS coffee, Iyemon green tea, and Suntory Tennensui water.

Founded as a family-owned business in 1899 in Osaka, Japan, Suntory Group has grown into a global company operating throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania with an annual revenue (excluding excise taxes) of $21.0 billion in 2019. We are driven by Yatte Minahare - the spirit of bold ambition - and our 40,210 employees worldwide draw upon our unique blend of Japanese artisanship and global tastes to explore new product categories and markets.

As a company that delivers blessings of water and nature to our customers, we are committed to our mission to create harmony with people and nature. Always aspiring to grow for good, we are devoted to giving back to society through protecting water resources, nurturing our communities and fostering the arts.

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