Heineken products will return to JD Wetherspoons UK pubs

Heineken products will return to JD Wetherspoon's UK pubs

JD Wetherspoon has partially settled its dispute with Heineken following a falling-out over a supply issue in Ireland.

Last month, the pub chain said it was pulling all the Dutch brewer's brands from its 926-strong UK and Ireland estate over Heineken's alleged refusal to supply its namesake lager and Murphy's stout to a new Wetherspoon site in Ireland. The pub operator also claimed that the brewer had asked for personal guarantees from Wetherspoon's chief executive in order to supply other products at the venue.

Reports suggested Wetherspoon had been selling lager and stout for EUR3 (US$3.60) per pint at its other Irish outlets, but Heineken did not want its namesake brand sold at this price point.

But, in a statement today, Wetherspoon said it had “come to an agreement” with Heineken.

As part of the deal, Wetherspoon’s pubs in the UK will again serve Heineken, Fosters, Kronenbourg 1664, Strongbow, John Smith’s Extra Smooth and Amstel. However, in the Republic of Ireland, its pubs will serve Beamish, Fosters and Symonds Cider, but not Murphy's or Heineken. 

Paul Hine, Wetherspoon's commercial director, said: “We are pleased to have reached agreeable commercial terms with Heineken.

“In the Republic of Ireland we will serve the three Heineken products at prices in line with our other products.”