According to a JD Wetherspoon spokesman, “we are experiencing some supply problems with both Carling and Coors, which means that some pubs do not have the products available.”
The spokesman linked this to last week’s strike by delivery drivers working for Heineken, the company’s largest supplier.
Molson Coors, the brewer behind the Carling and Coors brands, said Wednesday that “like many in our great British brewing and pub sector, we have been hit by the HGV (lorry) driver shortage,” which is affecting its supply to some UK pubs.
Major British corporations have connected lorry driver shortages to Brexit, claiming that stricter immigration laws have hampered recruiting in the logistics sector, while the epidemic has forced many foreign workers to flee.
Meanwhile, Nando’s, KFC, and McDonald’s have all reported temporary food and beverage shortages.
The Road Haulage Association has warned of a “serious shortage” of roughly 100,000 truck drivers and is lobbying for short-term visas for foreign truck drivers.
Tim Martin who’s the founder and chairman of Wetherspoon has been a strong Brexit advocate, dismissing suggestions that Britain’s exit from the European Union would be terrible for business.