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Hand wash sales boom

Published 4th January, 2010 by Neil Nixon

Hand wash sales boom

Sheffield’s Gems Hygiene is seeing record interest in its alcohol hand gel since the outbreak of swine flu in April this year. From October 2008 to September 2009, sales of Gems’ alcohol hand steriliser, Sani Hands, increased three-fold, with 83% of trade occurring in the last five months of this period.

Gems is attributing this spike in Sani Hands’ sales to the public’s heightened hygiene awareness, following the introduction of swine flu to the UK in April. More businesses than ever are making the alcohol hand gel available to staff and visitors to help prevent the spread of germs in the workplace.

Sani Hands is proven to be effective against the avian and swine flu viruses and kills 99.999% of E-Coli and MRSA. Since the outbreak of swine flu, Gems has increased the Sani Hands range, adding a pocket or portable 100ml spray bottle to the more traditional 450ml and one litre versions.

Sarah Wade, Gems’ marketing manager, said: “This has been a very good year for our anti-bacterial products, as an increasing number of businesses have recognised the role they play in stopping the spread of airborne diseases. We are extremely pleased to see Sani Hands being so well received and early indications for this year’s sales show that interest in the hand steriliser is continuing to rise as the second wave of swine flu gathers momentum.”

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