Heineken said it is hoping to resolve the issue with JD Wetherspoon

Heineken said it is hoping to resolve the issue with JD Wetherspoon

Heineken has said it is “seeking a resolution” after pub operator JD Wetherspoon announced it has cut ties with the brewer over a supply issue in Ireland.

The pub company, which has 926 sites in the UK and Ireland, claims that Heineken refused to supply its namesake lager and Murphy's stout to its new site in Dun Laoghaire, in the Republic of Ireland. Wetherspoon also alleges that the brewer asked for personal guarantees from its chief executive in order for it to supply other products at the venue. 

Tim Martin, Wetherspoon's chairman, branded the move “unacceptable and hard to understand.” He added: "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 GBP80m last year.” 

In a statement, a Heineken spokesperson said: “Heineken UK has had a long-standing and successful relationship with JDW in the UK... 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, and it is not our intention to comment in any further detail at this point."   

Heineken owns around 1,100 pubs in the UK, under its Star Pubs & Bars unit. The Dutch brewer acquired the majority of its pub portfolio from Galaxy Pub Estate in late 2011.