A snap poll of The Morning Advertiser (MA) readers last month (August), revealed 80% were experiencing beer delivery delays.
While 8% of the 120 participants stated they weren’t having any problems, a further 13% also said they weren’t but were anticipating issues in the future.
The MA understands on average, JDW normally sells 23 different beer brands on draught in each of its pubs.
Apology for inconvenience
Six of these 23 are Heineken products and as a result of a shortage of Heineken deliveries, JDW pubs ran out of beers including Carling and Coors.
However, the industrial action has now been called off, which JDW hopes means the supply issues will be resolved soon.
The MA understands as of today (Thursday 2 September), the majority of its estate are now fully stocked but some sites may be short of some brands, pending deliveries in the next few days.
JDW spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “We are experiencing some supply problems with both Carling and Coors, which means some pubs do not have the products available.
“We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience cause. We know brewers are trying to resolve the issue.”
Intermittent pockets of pressure
A spokesperson for Molson Coors Beverage Company, which owns the Carling and Coors brands said like many in the sector, it had been hit by the HGV driver shortage.
They added: “While overall our availability is good, there are intermittent pockets of pressure in our supply network that are unfortunately affecting a number of JDW pubs.
“We’re working around the clock with our customers and third-party logistics partners to ensure we minimise any impact to our customers.
“After such a difficult period for our industry, it’s heart-breaking to be letting any customer down and we will continue to do everything in our power to get our much-loved brands back on every JDW bar.”