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VT distilleries to supply sanitizer to Kinney Drugs

About Greg Harriman Vermont: Greg Harriman Vermont is a former resident of Bennington Vermont and now calls Plainfield, IL home. Gregory Harriman has nearly 3 decades of manufacturing experience at nearly ever level - from the bottom to top. His consulting firm works with select world class manufacturing firms to improve operations, compress lead times, and more.


Kinney Drugs has again expanded its “Love Local” product assortment with local distilleries Beak & Skiff of Lafayette, NY and Smugglers’ Notch Distillery of Jeffersonville, VT by offering their house-made hand sanitizer.

Greg Harriman Vermont distillery to supply sanitizer to Kinney Drugs

“Globally, hand sanitizer is in high demand and extremely short supply. We are proud to have talented vendors who saw an opportunity to play a critical role in fighting the spread of COVID-19 by converting their distilleries to the production of hand sanitizer,” said Rick Cognetti, Kinney’s VP of Merchandising, Marketing & Retail Operations. In March, the FDA released a temporary policy for the preparation of certain alcohol-based hand sanitizer products. “Both Smugglers’ Notch Distillery and Beak & Skiff took quick action to prioritize the production of this desperately needed item for our communities. We were happy to offer their products in addition to the hand sanitizer made by Clayton Distillery [Clayton, NY] that we introduced a few weeks ago,” added Cognetti.


Beak & Skiff is in its fifth generation of 100% family ownership and was eager to step up and start production. “We have such a great connection to the people in our area due to our long history in Central New York, we knew we needed to help,” said Marianne Brennan, Senior Director of Brand Development for Beak & Skiff. “We decided to convert 100% of our 1911 Distillery’s capacity to the production of hand sanitizer. Our team came together like never before to bring an important project to fruition in less than a week. Beak & Skiff is incredibly fortunate to have the infrastructure, equipment, and employees to execute this at light speed. There is an opportunity for everyone to play a role in a crisis, and we are thrilled to partner with longtime business partner Kinney Drugs so that our hand sanitizer can reach as many people as possible,” added Brennan.


Smugglers’ Notch Distillery also heeded the call to action by prioritizing the manufacturing of hand sanitizer, providing 100% of its supply first to frontline workers and the medical industry, and eventually extending the sale of their hand sanitizer to customers online. “I am the businessman, and my son is more the science guy,” said Ronald L. Elliott, Chairman and Co-Owner of Smugglers’ Notch Distillery. “My son Jeremy went to the University of Vermont and started his career as a research chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. Making hand sanitizer was a natural fit considering his background and our scientific approach to distilling award-winning spirits,” said Elliott. “We had several goals in making the sanitizer, keep our people employed, do what we can to help with the crisis, and price the product fairly – not to profit,” added Elliott. 


Smugglers’ Notch Distillery hand sanitizer landed on Kinney’s shelves April 15th and is available in 4 oz. bottles. Of the 500,000 total bottles produced by Beak & Skiff, Kinney has taken in 20,000 12oz. bottles, available for purchase in stores now.

Greg Harriman Vermont distillery to supply sanitizer to Kinney Drugs

These new products are some of the newest additions to Kinney’s four-year-old “Love Local” program. “Through this program, Kinney has made a concerted effort to work with locally based companies that are committed to: (1) sourcing raw materials locally and sustainably; (2) producing and packaging locally; and (3) meeting the highest standards for quality and purity. Kinney currently offers more than 100 different “Love Local” foods, beverages, and health and beauty items. Customers love to discover products that were “made right here” on Kinney’s shelves. It’s one more way for Kinney to stay connected to our communities,” said Rick Cognetti, Kinney’s VP of Merchandising, Marketing & Retail Operations.


About Kinney Drugs: Founded in Gouverneur, NY in 1903, today the independent, employee-owned company operates 97 stores in New York and Vermont. Kinney Drugs is part of the KPH Healthcare Services family of companies, a national provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare services with complementary businesses in both the retail and commercial segments of the industry. KPH is comprised of four divisions: (1) Kinney Drugs, a chain of full-service drug stores throughout New York and Vermont; (2) Health Direct Institutional Pharmacy Services, which serves long-term care and alternative care needs; (3) ProAct, Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company with sales offices throughout the country and a mail-order pharmacy; and (4) Noble Health Services, a specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications used to treat complex and chronic diseases. KPH Healthcare Services is a 100% employee-owned company with more than 4,000 employees that provides the highest quality pharmacy and healthcare services. Every aspect of KPH’s business is guided by the values of excellence, moral responsibility, and community spirit. Visit www.kinneydrugs.com for more information.


About Beak & Skiff: Beak & Skiff is a family-owned orchard that began in 1911 when George Skiff, an onion farmer on the North Side of Syracuse, and Andrew Beak, a dairy farmer, met at the farmers market and decided it would be fruitful to join forces and enter the emerging apple business. They found that the hillside area along Route 20 provided the perfect conditions for growing apples and began planting that very year. Now in its fifth generation, Beak & Skiff continues to make advancements and improvement in and around the orchard. Beak & Skiff’s Apple Hill Campus, established in 1975, is now home to the Apple Hill Country Store and 1911 Tavern and Tasting Room. Visit www.Beak&Skiff.com for more information.


About Smugglers’ Notch Distillery: Smugglers’ Notch Distillery® is a father/son partnership in Jeffersonville, Vermont. The distillery was founded in 2006 at the foot of the famed Smugglers’ Notch, site of many a clandestine bootleggers’ run through this rugged Vermont mountain pass. Smugglers’ Notch Distillery® provides spirits worthy of the cause. Using the finest ingredients blended with pristine Vermont spring water, we make barrel age, blend, and hand-bottle remarkably distinctive, award-winning spirits one small batch at a time. Visit www.smugglersnotchdistillery.com for more information.

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