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Tue 9th Dec 2014 - Wetherspoon kicks Heineken out of entire estate
Wetherspoon kicks Heineken out of entire estate: JD Wetherspoon has today announced that it is no longer trading with a major supplier, Heineken, at any of its 926 pubs in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Heineken refused to supply Heineken lager (Ireland’s biggest-selling draught beer) and Murphy’s stout to Wetherspoon’s new pub in Dun Laoghaire in the Republic of Ireland and also demanded personal guarantees from Wetherspoon chief executive, John Hutson, in order to supply any other products for the Dun Laoghaire pub. The company will sell Tom Crean’s lager, brewed in Dingle, instead. Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin 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.” Wetherspoon has been selling Heineken lager and Murphy’s at under three Euros a pint in its first pub in the Republic of Ireland, The Three Tun Tavern at Blackrock, against an average price in Irish pubs of around five Euros. Wetherspoon has also declined to stock Guinness at its first Irish pub after the company declined to match prices in the UK. JD Wetherspoon is to open its new pub in Dun Laoghaire next Tuesday (16 December) with the creation of 60 new jobs. The company has spent almost €4m developing the outlet, its second in the Republic of Ireland, on the site of an existing bar, in the Pavilion Centre, Marine Road. The Wetherspoon pub, which will retain the pub’s original name, the Forty Foot, will be managed by Dublin-born Will Malone. The Forty Foot, part of the Pavilion Theatre complex overlooking Dun Laoghaire harbour, is named after the Forty Foot swimming spot less than a mile along the coast at Sandycove. The new-look pub, which is on two floors, will feature one bar on each. There is a pavement cafe-style terrace and a second-floor balcony and terrace, overlooking the bay.

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