Canadian Manufacturing

Corby Spirit and Wine delivering several COVID-19 initiatives

Windsor-based Hiram Walker & Sons distillery has committed to produce up to 20,000 litres of hand sanitizer per week

April 17, 2020  by CM Staff

Corby Spirit and Wine is making hand sanitizer at its Hiram Walker distillery in Windsor, Ont. PHOTO: Corby Spirit

TORONTO — Toronto-based wine and liquor manufacturer Corby Spirit and Wine has undertaken several initiatives to support key groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hiram Walker & Sons produces hand sanitizer: The distillery in Windsor, Ont., has been converted to begin producing hand sanitizer, with a commitment to contribute up to 20,000 litres per week.

Hiram Walker and Corby have partnered with the Ontario government and the City of Windsor. The first batch was delivered two weeks ago to the Village of Lake Aspen Nursing Home in Windsor, and an additional 1000 liters were delivered to St. Joseph’s Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Hiram Walker, producer of J.P.Wiser’s Canadian whisky, will also be supplying much-needed alcohol to large manufacturers for their production of hand sanitizer.


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Foreign Affair Winery: The Niagara winery is closed to the public, but it joined with other local wineries to provide 2,000 bottles and screwcaps to assist in the distribution of locally-produced disinfectant.

Offering WSET Training to 1,500 bartenders: Corby is partnering with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) to sponsor a free Level 1 Award in Spirits course for 1,500 bartenders across the country to take while their bars are closed down. The course will be offered on four start dates — May 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th. Each student accepted onto the course will be expected to attend a final exam when conditions allow. Successful students will receive a certificate and WSET lapel pin badge, both of which are widely recognized across the industry.