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Factsheet for measure SK-2020-12/456 Updated – measures in Slovakia

Changes in the production of St. Nicolaus Distillery in Leopoldov

Zmeny vo výrobe liehovaru St. Nicolaus v Leopoldove

Country Slovakia , applies locally

    • – SK021 Trnavský kraj
Time period Open ended, started on 20 March 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Company practices
Category Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/innovation
Author Rastislav Bednarik, Ludovit Cziria, Daniela Keselova, Miroslava Kordosova (IVPR) and Eurofound
Measure added 10 April 2020 (updated 05 December 2020)

Background information

The management of the company promptly reacted to the higher demand of healthcare staff for disinfection products. The company focused on the pure alcohol production for disinfection purposes and on the production of disinfectant solution on alcohol basis. The company has also decided to supply social services facilities, mostly senior homes for free with disinfection products in order to keep strict hygienic requirements and to protect the most vulnerable group - the seniors.

Content of measure

The distillery reduced the vinegar production in order to increase the pure alcohol for disinfection purposes and disinfection solutions on alcohol basis. Immediately, the products are distributed nationwide to hospitals, healthcare facilities, pharmacies and regionally to social services facilities (senior homes). They produce 36,000 liters of pure alcohol daily.

On 27 March 2020 the company was ready to give 1,000 liters of disinfection to senior homes. They supplied senior homes mostly in towns and villages of Trnava and Nitra regions. In case of need the company is also ready to limit its alcohol beverages production in order to meet a high demand for disinfection products.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

03 December 2020

Besides pure alcohol, the company produces two certified disinfectants: Universal disinfectant Dezinfekt 70% and disinfectant for hands Killvir Forte 80%, both in 3, 5 and 10 liter pack.

Use of measure

According to the company's management, in the beginning of October 2020 the company has been continuously meeting the customers' demand for these products. Almost 1.5 million liters of disinfection has been sold. Fast and flexible response and adjustment of production based on the current situation and market demand have enabled the company to maintain jobs, maintain efficiency and make a positive contribution to economic results. The number of employees in 2019 was 58, and according to the available information, there were no dismissals in 2020.


  • Work organisation

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to 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 Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Company level


The information on social partner involvement is not available.

Views and reactions

The information on social partner involvement is not available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      C - Manufacturing C10 Manufacture of food products
      C11 Manufacture of beverages
      C21 Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 20 March 2020: St. Nicolaus began with production of disinfection solution and pure alcohol (St. Nicolaus začal s výrobou roztokovej dezinfekcie a čistého liehu) (
  • 25 March 2020: St. Nicolaus helps and reacts on coronavirus (St. Nicolaus pomáha a reaguje na koronavírus) (
  • 27 March 2020: We protect the most vulnerable (Chránime tých najzraniteľnejších) (


Eurofound (2020), Changes in the production of St. Nicolaus Distillery in Leopoldov, measure SK-2020-12/456 (measures in Slovakia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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