Coronavirus has been good for one aspect of catering equipment distributor Sylvester Keal’s business – it has seen an “immense” uptick in cleaning and hygiene products from customers.
While supermarket shelves have been stripped of hand sanitiser during the past week, the Grimsby-based outfit said it still had supplies left in its warehouse for hospitality customers.
With the government launching a high-profile public information campaign around handwashing, Sylvester Keal said many catering businesses from across the UK had begun placing bulk orders for sanitising products.
It has seen an increase in sales of its own brand handwashes, the 8C Alcohol Hand Sanitiser and 8A Bacti Hand Soap.
And cleaning supply sales have also spiked as more customers have purchased Envirosan and Enviro-fresh sprays, which kill bacteria upon application.
Despite the rise in orders, the distributor said there is still stock available in its warehouse.
Irene Keal, marketing director at Sylvester Keal, said the team is working hard with its manufacturing partner to increase the supply of products further.
“Since the coronavirus outbreak, we are being inundated with calls and have noticed an immense increase in demand for our cleaning and hygiene products.
“For catering businesses, we know how important it is having access to sanitising products, so we are doing everything we can to ensure availability and we are currently arranging extra stocks of sanitisers for our customers.”