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Factsheet for measure EE-2020-14/1338 – measures in Estonia

Punch started manufacturing disinfection products

Punch hakkas desinfitseerimisvahendeid tootma

Country Estonia , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 30 March 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Company practices
Category Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/Innovation
Author Ingel Kadarik (Praxis Center for Policy Studies) and Eurofound
Measure added 28 October 2020 (updated 24 February 2021)

Background information

During the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spring 2020, the demand for personal protective equipment and disinfection products increased remarkably. Several companies found this to be a good chance for reorienting their businesses by developing new products while also helping health care, other companies and citizens – the country as a whole.

Content of measure

Punch Drinks OÜ is a company active in manufacturing of beverages (spirits and soft drinks).They saw the need for disinfection products and decided to start producing it, especially as they already produce alcoholic beverages. In the end of March, they received certificate from the Estonian Health Board to be allowed to produce disinfection products and right away started producing and selling. Products under the name Punch Sanitizer® are suitable for both skin and surfaces. Different sizes are available (from 500ml to 5l).The products are available via online store, via Bolt business delivery service and in pharmacies. The sales started in the beginning of April and the products are still available in the end of October 2020.

Use of measure

No information available.


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Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Company level


Not applicable.

Views and reactions

Not applicable.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      C - Manufacturing C11 Manufacture of beverages

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 31 March 2020: Estonian beverage producers started manufacturing disinfection products (Eesti joogitootja hakkas desinfitseerimisvahendeid tootma) (
  • 03 April 2020: Punch started manufacturing disinfection products (Punch alustas desinfitseerimisvahendite tootmist) (


Eurofound (2020), Punch started manufacturing disinfection products, measure EE-2020-14/1338 (measures in Estonia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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