Olympics British beer snub anger

An MP has condemned the choosing of Heineken as the official beer of the London 2012 Olympics, claiming the decision was based “on the size of Heineken’s cheque book.”

The only branded beer on sale at venues for the Games will be produced by the Dutch brewer Heineken, which Liberal Democrat Greg Mulholland said was a “wholly inappropriate decision”.

Two of the brands that Heineken will sell at the Olympics – John Smith’s bitter and Strongbow cider – are made in the UK. But the lager brand Heineken is imported from the Netherlands.

Mulholland, the leader of a parliamentary campaign to save British pubs, said: “A British brewed beer would be far more appropriate than a Dutch beer for the London Olympic Games.”

Spectators at Olympic venues, including Wembley and Lords Cricket Ground, will pay £4.20 for a 330ml bottle of the lager.

A Commons motion tabled by the Leeds North West MP said: “This House expresses its disappointment that Heineken lager, a mass produced non-British beer, has been chosen as the official beer of the London 2012 Olympics, despite beer being the UK’s national drink and with the UK being one of the world’s leading brewing nations.”

The motion said it was a “wholly inappropriate decision based purely on the size of Heineken’s cheque book, and totally at odds with the strong emphasis on British character and identity at the heart of both the original bid and the preparations for the forthcoming London Games”.

A Heineken spokesman said: “As the UK’s leading beer and cider business, Heineken is proud to have been chosen as an official supplier and partner to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, building on an association that goes back 20 years.

“We are unequivocally committed to the responsible marketing of our beers and ciders and our long track record of sponsoring international sporting events like the Heineken Cup, Uefa Champions League and the Rugby World Cup bears testimony to this.”

2 Responses to “Olympics British beer snub anger”

  1. Gareth says:

    And the FA Cup is sponsored by…

    Surely it’s the same across all sports? It’s an international sporting event, it’s an international company, what do you expect? Sponsorship is about getting money in, it’s naive to suggest it’s otherwise; I think this is just a Mulholland publicity stunt – but that’s not to say I disagree with what his campaigning.

  2. Matt says:

    …….the FA cup is sponsored by a water company isn’t it!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Sales Executive

Three Wine Men
Home-based but must be available to travel throughout the UK with frequent trips to London, GB

Senior Sales Operations Executive

Enotria&Coe
Park Royal, London, GB

Sales Administrator

Les Caves de Pyrène
Guildford, UK

On Trade & Corporate Accounts Manager

The Champagne Company
Birmingham, UK

Customer Service Assistant

The Champagne Company
Birmingham, UK

Key Account Manager - Distilling Sector - Scotland

Boortmalt
Scotland - call for exact details, UK

UK Brand Ambassador - Ableforth’s

ATOM Brands
Field-based, UK

Wine Sales Consultant

VSF GROUP
Valbonne, South of France, FR

UK Brand Ambassador

Mirabeau en Provence
London, UK

Sales Ambassador – London

Identity Drinks Brands
London, UK

Pink Rosé Festival

Cannes,France
7th Feb 2018

VinoVision Paris

Paris,France
12th Feb 2018

Vinisud

Montpellier,France
18th Feb 2018
Click to view more

The Global Pinot Noir Masters 2018

Deadline : 26th January 2018

Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2018

Deadline : 23rd February 2018

Click to view more

The Global Malbec Masters 2017

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

the drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Sparkling Masters.

Click to view more