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Faltering ethanol refiners switch to hand sanitiser

Gregory Meyer in New York

US corn ethanol refineries, facing a catastrophic loss of fuel demand because of coronavirus, are repurposing some products for hand sanitiser to restock supplies depleted by the outbreak. The looming demand shock is reverberating through the rural US Midwest, where four in 10 bushels of the corn crop is consumed by ethanol plants. “We’re losing money pretty fast right now,” said Daryl Haack, a farmer and board member of Little Sioux Corn Processors, an ethanol plant in north-west Iowa.