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Distillers cash in on surging demand for hand sanitizer

Other manufacturers retool to produce surgical masks, ventilators

“It's just kind of a no brainer,” said Daniel Pacheco, co-founder of Cambodia's Samai distillery, which has switched from making rum to hand sanitizer. (Photo by Shaun Turton)

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian craft distilleries are turning molasses and cassava into sought after hand sanitizer to help prop up business amid the coronavirus pandemic that has paralyzed the world economy.

Across Southeast Asia, other manufacturers are also retooling operations to produce in-demand products such as surgical masks and ventilators.

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