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Wetherspoon Beer Supplies Hit By Supply Chain Issues

Published on Sep 2 2021 2:00 PM in Pub/Bar/Nightclub tagged: Beer / Wetherspoon / Brexit / Wetherspoons / HGV / Truck Drivers

Wetherspoon Beer Supplies Hit By Supply Chain Issues

According to The Irish Examiner, pub chain JD Wetherspoon has apologised to customers after its beer supplies were hit by supply chain issues.

The pub chain confirmed that it has seen supplies of Carling and Coors beer hit by the disruption, with some pubs not receiving deliveries.

Lorry driver and factory staff shortages attributed to Brexit employment rules and the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted supplies at rival firms including Nando's, KFC and McDonald's in recent weeks, as well as Greggs.

Wetherspoon spokesperson Eddie Gershon reportedly said, "We are experiencing some supply problems with both Carling and Coors, which means that some pubs do not have the products available.

"We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused. We know that the brewers are trying to resolve the issue."

Shortage Of HGV Drivers

The firm reportedly did not provide further details regarding the supply issues but it is understood it is directly related to a shortage of HGV drivers.

Bosses at the Road Haulage Association reportedly warned last week that there is a shortfall of approximately 100,000 drivers.

It reportedly said that this has been driven by thousands of European drivers leaving during the pandemic and not returning, and called on the government to add drivers to the Shortage Occupation List to make it easier for overseas workers to address the shortfall.

Passionate Supporter Of Brexit

Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin has reportedly been a passionate supporter of Brexit and, earlier this year, reportedly denied reports that his pubs were impacted by Brexit-related staff shortages.

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