UNITED STATES—Clorox disinfecting wipes are expected to be out of shortage until 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oakland-based company has been struggling with production of the product with a six-fold increase in demand.

Benno Dorer, CEO of Clorox stated:

“That entire supply chain is stressed. … We feel like it’s probably going to take until 2021 before we’re able to meet all the demand that we have.”

“There has continued to be an unprecedented demand for disinfecting products, which exceeded expectations in our fourth quarter due to worsening COVID trends. At the current rate of evaded demand, we think we’ll be able to catch up with demand in wipes by next summer. We’re pursuing as hard as we can to bring more supply online and expect sequential improvement between now and then. We have a high sense of urgency about this and are doing everything feasible to expand supply capacity, including running our manufacturing facilities 24/7; adding more than 10 new suppliers since our third quarter to help maximize product output; and, of course, taking care of our frontline teams, who are critical to the overall effort.”

On Monday, Clorox released its fourth-quarter sales and earnings, which shows a 33 percent increases in revenue from the health and wellness business. The result also states their cleaning products are manufactured and account for more than 40 percent of total sales.