You are currently viewing the International Edition. You can also switch to the Hong Kong Edition.
Saturday 4 July 2015

‘Spoons shuns Diageo in Irish venture

25th July, 2014 by Neal Baker

JD Wetherspoon will not stock any Diageo-distributed products “for the long- term” in its new pub ventures in Ireland unless it can haggle lower prices from the brewer.

tim-martin-wetherspoon

JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin

Tim Martin, Wetherspoon’s chairman, said he wanted the pub chain to stock Diageo-owned and distrubuted products – which includes Guinness, Carlsberg and Smithwicks – but that the company is unwilling to pay the high price charged for stocking draught beer in Ireland.

“I don’t want to put pressure on Diageo, but we simply baulked at paying a higher price for Guinness in Ireland than we do in the UK,” he said.

The price difference between stocking draught beer in Ireland compared with the UK is understood to be up to 20%, according to reports in The Irish Times.

Martin was speaking yesterday at the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock in Dublin, the first of Wetherspoon’s 30 planned pubs to open in the Republic of Ireland.

diageo-products

A range of Diageo products, including famous brands like Guinness, Bushmills and Johnnie Walker

He said, “I’m confident we can move ahead with or without Diageo. We have a good relationship, but if it turns out that we don’t stock Guinness in any of our Irish pubs, then we might do long-term deals for Murphy’s and Beamish instead.”

Commenting, a Diageo spokesperson said, “Wetherspoon is a highly valued partner of Diageo in Britain. As with all our customers, we are constantly exploring ways to make those relationships bigger and better.”

Martin said Wetherspoon’s second Irish pub, in Cork, may open “by Christmas”. It is also planning pubs in Dún Laoghaire and Swords in Dublin.

The Three Tun Tavern, Dublin (photo: JD Wetherspoon)

The Three Tun Tavern, Dublin (photo: JD Wetherspoon)

Martin said he did not know how long it would take the group to get up to 30 pubs, and that it depends on the performance of its initial outlets. He said Wetherspoon’s had looked at buying pubs in Limerick, Galway and “some smaller towns”.

“As long as we feel accepted, we will plough on. We are a big tax collector for the State and we will provide a lot of jobs. The industry will benefit from having us here,” he said.

Martin hit the headlines recently after condemning celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and his chain of Italian restaurants, Jamie’s Italian, for forcing up commercial rent prices and hurting the pub industry.

He said, “My advice for Oliver is: Be careful, son. You’re an excellent cook, but do you know about rent reviews or understand the property market?”

Leave a Reply

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

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

If that's interesting, how about these?

Diageo closes in on £200m Gleneagles deal

Drinks giant Diageo is reportedly “close” to agreeing a sale of its luxury more...

Top 10 Hong Kong craft beer bars

Anyone looking to quench their thirst with a ginseng microbrew should more...

Lidl hints at plans for online wine shop

UK supermarket Lidl has not ruled out launching an online wine shop, reporting more...

PR Manager

Competitive

Top 10 new craft beers

With new beers coming onto the market all the time, it can be difficult to keep more...

Diageo appoints North America president

Deirdre Mahlan, Diageo's chief financial officer, has been announced as the more...

UK market in growth as price increases slow

The latest figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association show that more...

UK Sales Manager

London, United Kingdom

World's best beer and wine festivals

Forget Glastonbury, these are the festivals you should be making a beeline for more...

Coors Light heads home

Sometimes, the route to excellence is a process of devolution rather than more...

US Senate passes bill to boost spirits exports

The US senate has been applauded by members of the spirits trade for passing a more...

Wine Buyer

London, United Kingdom

Based on experience

Beck's forced to issue $50 refunds

Anyone that has bought a Beck's beer in the past four years could be entitled more...

Beer festival in China’s Muslim area angers 'exiles'

In China’s predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang, exiled groups of Uighur more...

Diageo confirms Gleneagles sale to Shoreditch group

Diageo has confirmed the sale of its luxury hotel and golf resort in more...

Warehouse Supervisor

London, United Kingdom

£27,000-£30,000 depending on experience

The week in pictures

Pub-friendly pooches, Kevin Spacey and a one-off tasting of Achaval Ferrer more...

Carlsberg creates beer-shampoo

Danish brewer Carlsberg has launched a new range of men’s grooming products more...

Range of Victorian gins launched in UK

A range of gins celebrating the Victorian gin-making era has been launched in more...

E-commerce, Sales & Marketing Executive

London, United Kingdom

Competitive salary and bonus package based on experience and qualification.

UK customs seize 550,000 litres of alcohol

More than 550,000 litres of illegal beer, wine and spirits have been seized by more...

Diageo 'shelves' £240m Chinese scheme

Swellfun, the Chinese subsidiary of drinks giant Diageo, has reportedly more...

Santa Rita launching new Irish campaign

Chilean wine producer Santa Rita Estates is spending €500,000 on a new more...

Venezuela faces beer drought

Venezuela could soon entirely run out of beer as workers at the country's more...

World's cheapest city for a beer revealed

The average price of a bottle of beer is £1.07 in Krakow and Kiev, making them more...