Wetherspoons apologizes for the beer shortfall, blaming it on a paucity of HGV drivers.
Customers have been apologised to by pub giant JD Wetherspoon after it ran out of beer due to the UK’s supply chain crisis.
The network stated that the outage had impacted its Carling and Coors supply, with some pubs not receiving deliveries. The brewer for the brands, Molson Coors, blamed a “HGV driver shortage.” In recent weeks, shortages of drivers and manufacturing workers, linked to Brexit employment laws and the epidemic, have disrupted supplies at McDonald’s, Nando’s, and KFC.
“We regret to our customers for any disruption caused,” Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said. We’re aware that the brewers are working to find a solution.”
“It’s sad to let any customer down,” a Molson Coors Beverage Company spokeswoman said. “We will continue to do everything we can to bring our much-loved brands back on every Wetherspoons bar.”
Mr Gershon went on to say that Carling and Coors stocks were low because customers stocked up when the possibility of a draymen strike at Heineken distributor GX Logistics hampered deliveries – albeit the strike was put off last month.
“As of today, we believe the bulk of pubs are completely stocked,” he continued, “but some pubs may be short of a few brands, pending supplies in the next days.”
The Road Haulage Association warned last week that there would be a shortage of 100,000 truckers as a result of thousands of Europeans fleeing the virus and never returning.
They want the government to add drivers on its Shortage Occupation List, making it simpler for international workers to fill the gap.
Tim Martin, the founder and chairman of Wetherspoon, has asked for a more “open” visa regime for EU workers, but has disputed that his pubs have been affected by Brexit-related labour shortages.