Cannabis manufacturer producing hand sanitizer to combat COVID-19
April 9, 2020, Kelowna, B.C. – Valens GroWorks Corp., a manufacturer of cannabinoid-based products, has begun production of hand sanitizer liquid with an initial 1,300 litre-batch at its Kelowna facility to help alleviate product supply shortages as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis.
The company is bottliing and donating 40,000 bottles of hand sanitizer in various formats to front-line healthcare workers across Canada.
The company is focusing on British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario for distribution, as well as providing 10,000 units to Shoppers Drug Mart to aid its public-facing workers at pharmacies across Canada. Simultaneously, the company is working with hospital networks, all essential services and various associations servicing the vulnerable, to distribute supplies to those who need it most.
Valens has also donated significant quantities of various personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, gowns, and sanitizing wipes from the company’s existing supply. The company is also expecting a second shipment of PPE gear, including masks, which will also be donated to healthcare workers.
“We at The Valens Company recognize the urgency in assisting our communities across the country during this critical phase of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said company CEO Tyler Robson. “We consider it our corporate responsibility to leverage our existing extraction and production capabilities to distribute products that have the potential to fight the transmission of this virus. We are quickly mobilizing our teams and resources to alleviate essential supply shortages and contribute as much as we can to those selflessly helping on the frontlines.”
Valens is the largest third-party cannabis extraction company in Canada and offers a wide range of product formats, including tinctures, two-piece caps, soft gels, oral sprays and vape pens as well as beverages, concentrates, topicals, edibles, injectables and natural health products.