When Chad and Tracy Munger founded Mammoth Distilling in Bellaire, Michigan, in 2017, they were eager to make outstanding adult beverages against the backdrop of beautiful Northern Michigan. But they never imagined they’d find themselves in the hand sanitizer business. The COVID-19 crisis, however, created a shortage of that product, and the Mungers stepped in to fill the void.
“We saw an opportunity to do good, and to do commerce,” said Chad Munger, as he described their strategy of giving away massive amounts of free sanitizer to hospitals and first responders. They also sell bulk-size amounts to larger businesses at very low prices, and anyone can bring a small empty bottle to their tasting rooms in Traverse City or Bellaire and have it refilled at no cost.
To date, the Mungers have given away over 1,200 gallons of sanitizer to help fight this virus, and they plan to produce 32,000 gallons in the next three weeks. But that couldn’t happen without government regulators stepping out of the way. “Hand sanitizer is a drug regulated by the FDA,” said Chad. He went on to say, “I applaud their wisdom in quickly recognizing the need and lifting the barriers for companies like ours to do this.”
Michigan is blessed to have entrepreneurs like the Mungers, and to have Mammoth Distilling on our side when we need it the most.