LiDestri Food and Drink adds hand sanitizer

Dan Ochwat
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Recipe 21, the spirits division of LiDestri Food and Drink, a premier store brand contract manufacturer of food, beverages and spirits, has adjusted its spirits production line to produce hand sanitizer.

Based in Rochester, N.Y., Recipe21 is accepting orders from consumers at its website for curbside delivery or home shipping nationwide. The company is also donating a portion of hand sanitizer proceeds to two charities. One is CORE: Children of Restaurant Employees, a nonprofit that helps food and beverage service employees with kids during a health crisis or natural disaster, especially those diagnosed with COVID-19. The second is The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a nonprofit that provides a unique healing experience to more than 20,000 seriously ill children and their families annually.

Each nonprofit will receive a minimum contribution of $21,000. The hand sanitizer is developed to meet standards set by the World Health Organization. The product comes in a pocket-sized 50ml bottle or larger 375ml bottle.

The company also donated more than 600 gallons of Recipe 21 hand sanitizer directly to Rochester area charities, healthcare facilities and essential businesses.  

"When the country experienced such a significant shortage in hand sanitizer, we knew we needed to pivot our operations to do what we could to help. This was the perfect opportunity for Recipe 21 to make a real difference," said Stefan LiDestri, co-CEO, LiDestri Food and Drink. "We are proud that this will be produced locally with our manufacturing teams, who work hard every day to get our products out to the market. Supporting families is a cause close to our hearts at LiDestri, so we are thrilled the sales of our hand sanitizer will benefit two charities also committed to helping families during difficult times."