Demand for hand sanitizer still outweighs supply

Grocery stores trying to keep up as people scramble for sanitizers

Mike Baggerman
March 26, 2020 - 2:11 pm
WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman

WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – Grocery shoppers in the area are still hunting for supplies such as hand sanitizer, but they’ve been difficult to come by for many.

Most grocery stores, including Market in the Square, are running into the problem because the demand is outweighing the supply.

“We had the big panic buying weeks (but) it’s quieted down considerably since that point,” owner Brian Kusmierski said. “They’re definitely looking for hand sanitizers, bath tissues, and paper towels. We have been on allocation from our wholesalers. So if they get it we get it. But we don’t get anywhere need enough to supply the demand.”

He said most people are starting to come to the realization they only needed a few weeks of supplies and not a year’s worth.

Distilleries across the country are starting to chip in on the creation of hand sanitizers as are pharmacies such as Brighton Eggert Pharmacy in Tonawanda.

Proctor and Gamble, one of the popular manufacturers of sanitizer, wrote the following on their website:

"We have installed new lines to start production of hand sanitizer in five manufacturing sites around the world, using it to ensure our people can continue operating safely and sharing it with hospitals, health authorities and relief organizations. We are expanding manufacturing capacity further in additional facilities in the coming weeks and will have a capacity of at least 45,000 liters per week when fully operational."

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