Yorkshire farm fights back

A West Yorkshire based oil company have launched two new products, developed by the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.), and manufactured in the UK, to assist public and private sector services during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wharfe Valley Farms have been a leading cold-pressed rapeseed oil producer from their base at Collingham near Weatherby since 2006, capable of producing some 20,000 litres per week.  

Their facilities have now been put to good use in the fight against the coronavirus by producing two new WHO formula, 80% ethanol, hand sanitising products. 

Available immediately in a 1L bottle and 5-litre containers, the team can supply individually, in cases and in pallets, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.  

No strangers to facing challenge and adversity, owners Sallyann and Geoff Kilby, and their son Stephen, are well known for finding solutions to support others and this current situation is no exception.

Sallyann said: “In this pandemic, all businesses are having to think differently and adapt to the unprecedented situation. We found that almost immediately we were adversely affected by the lockdown, as a food producer supplying to the UK restaurant and catering market, which has been forced to close its doors to the public. 

“We had to take immediate action and found a supplier of PPE hand sanitiser ingredients which we could then bottle in our contract bottling facility, and increase supplies to support the country in the prevention of coronavirus, as well as keep our machines operating.   We are incredibly proud to have shipped our first pallet of Wharfe Valley hand sanitiser to the frontline, to NHS staff and care workers in Belfast, ensuring they have PPE to continue their vital service and are currently producing 10,000 units a week, alongside our cold-pressed rapeseed oil products.

The hand sanitisers are available to buy online in 1L and 5L bottles at www.wharfevalleyfarms.co.uk