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Factsheet for measure PT-2020-14/1535 – measures in Portugal

Destilaria Levira: Change in production processes

Destilaria Levira - Mudança no processo produtivo

Country Portugal , applies eu-wide (or beyond)
Time period Open ended, started on 31 March 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Company practices
Category Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/Innovation
Author Paula Carrilho (CESIS - Centro de Estudos para a Intervenção Social)
Measure added 01 December 2020 (updated 02 February 2021)

Background information

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company 'Destilaria Lavina', a company with experience in the distillation and production of alcoholic beverages and in the production of high quality grape seed oil, with the use of by-products for use in animal food and ecological biomass, has faced a drop in sales of food alcohol and oils and a significant drop in exports, which is an important part of its market. The deficit of disinfectant gel led the company to change the production process.

Content of measure

The deficit of disinfectant gel led the company to change the production process.

The Levira Distillery abdicated part of its alcohol used to produce alcoholic beverages - brandy, wine alcohol, grape spirit, gin, liqueurs, among others, for the production of alcohol gel. This measure allows for the maintainace of its 37 employees.

The company entered into several partnerships with other companies, notably Super Bock, the José Maria da Fonseca, the CRF and others. The Levira Distillery invested around €500,000 in its own factory to produce alcohol gel for immediate delivery.

Despite our efforts no other information was found about this measure.

Use of measure

With the production of alcohol gel dyeing 1 million liters, this new business area already represents 38% of the company's turnover in 2020. In addition, Destilaria Levira achieved a 25% increase in the number of customers. In a first phase, uniting efforts with other partners, around 30,000 liters of alcohol gel were donated, nationwide.


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Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies

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.



Eurofound (2020), Destilaria Levira: Change in production processes, measure PT-2020-14/1535 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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