Heineken and Wetherspoons: it's WAR
Wetherspoon reckoned Heineken had refused to supply, um, Heineken and Murphy’s Stout to its second Irish pub due to open in Dun Laoghaire.
(Is it an Irish theme pub in Ireland? Amazing).
Heineken was less than impressed that Wetherspoon's first Irish pub were knocking out Heineken's wares at 40% less than the competition. Whereas Wetherspoon claim Heineken requested its chief executive John Hutson give them personal guarantees to pay all the bills if the pub chain did not pay them.
So instead of doing away with the two ales in dispute, it's now withdrawn all of Heineken's wares such as Strongbow, John Smith's and Fosters (so no great loss then).
In a statement released today, JD Wetherspoon said it is “no longer trading with a major supplier, Heineken, at any of its 926 pubs in the UK and Republic of Ireland”.
Tim Martin, Wetherspoon chairman, said: “We have been trading with Heineken for 35 years and they have never requested personal guarantees before. It’s obstructive to do so now, especially when we made record profits of around £80 million last year. The refusal to supply Heineken lager and Murphy’s just before the opening of our new pub in Dun Laoghaire, which represents an investment by us of nearly four million Euros, is unacceptable and hard to understand.”
Heineken are probably meanwhile thinking "Oh yeah Christmas" and has said it was seeking a resolution “as soon as possible”.
In a statement the brewer said: “Heineken UK has had a long standing and successful relationship with JDW in the UK market over a 35-year period, and it is unfortunate that commercial issues in Ireland between Heineken Ireland and JD Wetherspoon have led to the current situation. We are seeking a resolution as soon as possible.”
For the love of Jesus.