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Wetherspoon pubs could run out of beer due to Brexit and driver shortages

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Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has confirmed that supplies of Carling and Coors beer have been hit as a result of supply chain issues, including driver shortages and Brexit.

As a result some pubs are not receiving planned deliveries.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “We are experiencing some supply problems with both Carling and Coors, which means that some pubs do not have the products available.

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“We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused.

“We know that the brewers are trying to resolve the issue.”

It comes amid a mounting supply chain crisis in the UK, caused by a lorry driver shortage, the pandemic and Brexit, The Chronicle reports.

Bosses at the Road Haulage Association warned last week that there is a shortfall of around 100,000 drivers.



A member of bar staff wearing PPE inside a pub

It said this has been driven by thousands of European drivers leaving during the pandemic and not returning, and called on the Government to add drivers to the Shortage Occupation List to make it easier for overseas workers to address the shortfall.

Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin has been a passionate supporter of Brexit and earlier this year denied reports that his pubs were impacted by Brexit-related staff shortages.

The problems are leaving supermarket shelves increasingly bare and impacting sectors from retail and restaurants to house building and DIY.

Supermarkets and suppliers are struggling to meet demand following an exodus of drivers from EU countries, who returned to the continent during the pandemic and remained there.



Wetherspoons pubs are having supply issues

This is coupled with the health crisis bringing DVLA testing centres to a standstill, creating a huge backlog of drivers taking their HGV test.

Government officials are working closely with the DVLA to increase the number of tests taking place and have vowed to streamline the process.

They have also increased funding for apprentices to get more workers into the industry but want to ensure the UK is less reliant on overseas drivers.

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The shortages have hit several retailers and restaurant chains.

Nando’s saw a shortage of chickens due to a combination of not enough drivers and fewer staff working in meat factories.

Other delays have also impacted McDonald’s, which said this week it had run out of milkshakes and bottled drinks as it prioritised deliveries of other products in the interim.

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