Surge in alcohol, sanitizer demand heralds new normal in hygiene: Philusa

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Posted at Apr 21 2020 11:33 AM | Updated as of Apr 21 2020 11:41 AM

Surge in alcohol, sanitizer demand heralds new normal in hygiene: Philusa 1
Richard Misolas uses a bottle of alcohol as he gets ready to spend time with his son inside their home in Payatas Quezon City on March 30, 2020, at the time of the enhanced community qaurantine imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Demand for disinfectant alcohol grew 20 times in the last 3 months, as the COVID-19 pandemic made Filipinos more conscious about hygiene, healthcare firm Philusa Corp said Tuesday.

In the first quarter alone, Philusa topped 2019 sales of alcohol and vitamins, said its president and general manager Neogin Evangelista.

Philusa distributes Rhea and Cleene alcohol brands.

"That’s the new normal now, consumer behavior has really changed in terms of using alcohol. Perhaps in before in a month, they use to buy 1 to 2 bottles a month but now it has picked up, maybe it has increase more than 18 to 20 times," he told ANC.

"Right now its a hand to mouth situation in our inventory. Whatever they produce that day we pick it up and allocate it to our trade customers," he said.

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Manufacturers of its alcohol brands are on 24/7 operations to meet demand, he said. The company is also eyeing "extraordinary solutions" to expand its capacity in alcohol production, he said.

Health authorities said frequent hand-washing and the use of alcohol can help protect individuals from contracting the new coronavirus disease.