Switch to hand sanitizer cost some Oregon distilleries thousands

The Oregon distilleries we spoke to said they are moving out of the sanitizer business for the most part.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Last spring, distilleries across Oregon teamed up to produce hand sanitizer amid a national shortage driven by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, many of those same distilleries have hundreds of gallons leftover. In some cases, the switch to sanitizer resulted in a loss of thousands of dollars.

We spoke to multiple distilleries that started making hand sanitizer last spring and each one said they are mostly moving away from the sanitizer business. 

“We went into knowing it was a short term opportunity. I

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