Response to COVID-19

Ripshot to answer World Health Organization’s plea to make sanitizing hand gel available to Canadians

Toronto, ON - March 26, 2020 - Ripshot Enterprises – Innovative Canadian alcohol company Ripshot announced today that they have made sanitizing hand gel accessible to the public. Following requests from WHO and Health Canada, Ripshot has made hand sanitizing gel available in their unique patented containers. Ripgel has been approved by Health Canada and is available for purchase at online retailers. Ripshot is also distributing cases of product to local care facilities, shelters, food banks and hospitals at no charge.

Ripshot set out in 2016 to create a tamperproof, spill-proof, individually packaged shot with the hope of mitigating issues present in the current alcohol industry. Inspired by countless stories of friends having their drinks contaminated at bars and parties, as well by the concern of maneuvering through a crowded place while trying to protect a shot for yourself or a friend, the makers of Ripshot saw an opportunity to create a safer option.

An innovator in the space, Ripshot has developed a 100% post-consumer recycled plastic container and the team is currently in testing with biodegradable material that works with 40% alcohol. Ripshot produces eight different spirits year-round which are available throughout Western Canada and Ontario (LCBO) in retail and at various on-premise locations such as music festivals, casinos and sporting venues. Co-Founder and CEO Sarah Konowal was recently named Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Canada at the 2019 Stevie Awards.

Kieran Hooey, President and COO, Ripshot Enterprises:  "We as Canadians all need to do our part to help flatten the curve of COVID-19, whether it's staying at home, social distancing, delivering food to the elderly, or making products that will help mitigate transmission. At Ripshot, we are thankful to have our own custom packaging line that is made to produce high volumes of single-serve alcohol. We are using all our alcohol on site to make WHO-recommended sanitizer that, as luck would have it, has alcohol as the main ingredient. Under normal circumstances, we would have used our alcohol to make spirits for Western Canada through to Ontario, but as our country is suffering through this terrible pandemic, it was an easy decision to redirect our resources and help.”

Hooey continues on to explain how much Ripgel his team can make and offers anyone on the front lines of this pandemic to contact Ripshot for free product. "We are ramping up production to make 50,000 units per day that we are giving away for free to those that need it most, including shelters, community food banks and long-term care facilities.  We are also working with the provincial and federal buy and sell programs to deliver hand sanitizer at cost to at-risk workers in hospitals, provincially-owned warehouses, the postal service etc.  Ripshot is committed to getting hand sanitizer in front of as many Canadians as possible and is working with local retailers and remote communities to do our part in flattening the curve.”

Ripshot’s unique patented machine is developed to measure precise volumes, which aids in their typical spirit production. In today’s landscape, this has been instrumental in producing effective amounts of hand sanitizing gel. Ripshot aims to produce 50,000 units per day.

If you or a business/care facility you know is in need of sanitizing hand gel urgently, please contact Ripshot directly via

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