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JD Wetherspoon hit with beer shortages, amid supply problems

The group, which usually sells 23 different brands on draught in each of its pubs, said that due to the issues, some pubs were having to sell less to combat the problem

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has revealed that it recently experienced a shortage in some
beer brands including Carling and Coors as a result of supply problems caused by the ongoing Brexit HGV driver crisis.

The group, which usually sells 23 different brands on draught in each of its pubs, said that due to the issues, some pubs were having to sell less to combat the problem.

The shortage and supply issues follows on from other groups experiencing similar problems such as Nando’s which recently had to shut around 50 of its UK outlets.

Similarly, McDonald’s experienced a shortage in milkshakes and some bottled drinks which affected its 1,250 outlets.

Eddie Gershon, a Wetherspoon spokesman, said: “We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused. We know that the brewers are trying to resolve the issue.

“Last week, we understand, there was industrial action by delivery drivers acting on behalf of Heineken, our biggest supplier. Heineken supplies six of the 23 draught lines we normally offer. As a result of a shortage of deliveries of Heineken, some other products ran out in some locations – for example Carling and Coors lagers.”

He added: “We understand that the industrial action we refer to has now been called off, which, we hope, means that the supply issues will be resolved in an early course.”

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