Monin partners with Jean Niel to produce hand sanitizer for the food service industry

CLEARWATER, Florida. – Monin Americas, a premium flavor maker, produced an additional 6,000 bottles of hand sanitizer in response to product shortages due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Monin’s national sales team donated a portion of the supply, filled with 1L branded bottles, to take-out restaurants in various markets across the United States. The remaining limited supply is now available for purchase on

Monin first batched and bottled 1,100 liters of hand sanitizer earlier in April and donated it to more than 140 restaurants, first responders, businesses and organizations in the Tampa Bay area. With restaurants, the intention was to help with safe delivery procedures locally and Monin also encouraged these restaurants to “pay it forward” and give their food delivery drivers a bottle.

Companies from various sectors are stepping in to meet the growing needs of their communities due to this global shortage of hand sanitizer. Monin decided to leverage its manufacturing knowledge, materials and machinery to produce hand sanitizer in support of service businesses. To date, the company has bottled over 7,000 liters and plans to double its previous batch in the coming weeks.

“The Monin sales team is thrilled to help expand recent local giving efforts to the restaurant industry across the country,” said Joe Smith, Monin’s senior vice president of sales. “Monin is honored to give back to those who serve our flavors every day and who continue to persevere during this difficult time. Our partnership with Jean Niel is a great example of how the industry comes together to help our communities.

Monin has partnered with long-time supplier Jean Niel, a French flavor and fragrance company with a US subsidiary in Odessa, Florida. Monin’s hand sanitizer contains 80% alcohol and follows guidelines recently set by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Jean Niel Inc. is honored to partner with Monin to support the local community,” said Mireya Perez, Director of Sales and Marketing at Jean Niel. “Joining our resources to produce hand sanitizer brings our two companies together to help keep our neighbors safe.”

Monin, a 3rd generation family business, has also lent its support to the community by donating $10,000 to its longtime partner CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees) to help families in the restaurant industry who are affected by the COVID-19 virus. In addition, Monin has made the well-being of its employees a top priority by equipping them with essential supplies such as hand sanitizer, medical-grade masks, toilet paper and paper towels. Through this hand sanitizer initiative, Monin has been able to maintain operations and continue to employ its more than 200 team members in Clearwater and its sales team across the country.

Monin has also supported restaurant partners via social media by participating in the #GreatAmericanTakeout movement with the hashtag #MoninOrdersIn, encouraging takeout orders to benefit struggling restaurants, bars and cafes around the world. Recently, Monin introduced the branded hashtags #MoninMoments and #MoninAtHome to enable their social audiences to create professional cocktails, coffees and other beverages at home.

Monin Americas is the Americas division of Monin Gourmet Flavorings based in Bourges, France. Monin Americas, headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, employs more than 100 people who oversee sales, marketing and operations in North America, South America and the Caribbean.

About Monin Gourmet Flavors

Founded in 1912 in Bourges, France, and operated as a family business for three generations, Monin is the premier supplier of flavoring products for the creation of specialty beverages and tasty culinary solutions. With manufacturing facilities on three continents and product availability in over 145 countries, Monin is recognized as the world’s leading provider of flavor solutions. For more information, visit or download the Monin Inspiration app.

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