Carlsberg has said that not all payment terms are now 93 days

Carlsberg has said that not all payment terms are now 93 days

Carlsberg has said that a recent change in the UK to its supplier terms, which has drawn the ire of several business organisations, does not apply to all of its suppliers.

In a letter sent in July from Carlsberg's UK unit to one its business partners, which was published last week by the Guardian, the company set out 93-day payment terms. However, just-drinks understands that some suppliers may have received this letter in error.

In response to the Guardian's story, Tracy Ewen, MD of IGF Invoice Finance, said: "93 days is a clear breach of European guidelines."

When contacted by just-drinks today, however, a Carlsberg spokesperson said the revised terms do not apply to all business partners: "Payment terms are part of the commercial conversations on price, delivery and payment," the spokesperson said. "The individual payment terms will depend on the size and nature of the supplier as well as the industry standard."

Earlier this year, Diageo changed its stance on 90-day payment terms for its suppliers, to ensure small and medium-sized firms get paid within 60 days.