Gulf Breeze's Rollins Distillery sells hand sanitizer by the gallon for local businesses
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Rollins Distillery in Gulf Breeze has extended its open arms to the Pensacola area community once again, this time by bottling and selling its homemade hand sanitizer by the gallon for local businesses to use.
For $50 per gallon, local businesses can now pick up the sanitizer from the distillery's 5680 Gulf Breeze Parkway location during normal operating hours.
At the end of March, the distillery began distributing free bottles of its 80% alcohol-by-volume hand sanitizer to the general public — an effort it is still honoring — but co-owner Patrick Rollins said he wanted to take his capabilities a step further by moving on to the gallon sizes.
"We have the means to create a much-needed commodity at this time of crisis," Rollins said. "I think it's our responsibility as a business that loves the community to not take advantage of a situation like this."
He said the price covers the overhead — give or take a few dollars — needed to produce such large quantities of the product.
Small businesses also have the option of buying four-ounce bottles for $4 apiece. There is no cap on the number of gallon-sized or four-ounce bottles that can be purchased.
Rollins added that he's lifted the per-person limit on hand sanitizer bottles available for general public pickup. The bottle size for free personal hand sanitizer has also increased, from 2-ounce to 4-ounce bottles.
Donations of bottles for personal use are still greatly appreciated, said Rollins, who added that the distillery has been generating just over $4 earned for every bottle given. He said as long as the ratio stays in that neighborhood, Rollins Distillery should be equipped to continue the project for as long as the pandemic persists.
"The state is probably going to be opening businesses soon and those businesses will want to be able to take care of their employees and their customers, and so we happen to be able to help with that," Rollins said. "I think it's important that we do it. These businesses' have been suffering being closed and we don't want to add to that suffering by taking advantage of what they may be needing."
Personal and commercial-use bottles are available between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the distillery. Rollins said that larger business orders of multiple gallons can be discussed on a per-case basis. The phone number for the distillery is 850-503-1275.