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Wetherspoon to sell Heineken beers

JD Wetherspoon will stock Beamish, Fosters and Symonds Cider in its Irish pubs after the chain settled a month-long row with brewer Heineken.

Wetherspoon's 926 pubs stopped selling Heineken's products last month because of a dispute over supply terms at a new site near Dublin.

The pub company has now come to an agreement with the brewer, although drinkers at its pubs in Ireland will still not be able to buy stout brand Murphy's or Heineken, which is the country's biggest-selling draught beer.

It has also lifted a ban on Fosters and Kronenbourg 1664 in its UK pubs. It will stock Beamish, Fosters and Symonds Cider in its Irish pubs but the row means drinkers will not have access to either Guinness or Murphy's.

Wetherspoon fell out with Guinness maker Diageo over prices at its first Irish pub, the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock, where it had also been selling Heineken lager and Murphy's at under three euro a pint against an average price in Irish pubs of around five euro.

Heineken later refused to supply its lager and Murphy's stout to a new Wetherspoon's pub at Dun Laoghaire and also demanded personal guarantees on the payment of the pub's bill from chief executive John Hutson.

That led to the decision by Wetherspoon to remove Heineken products from all its premises, equivalent to £60 million a year of business.

Other Heineken products in Wetherspoon's pubs in the UK include Strongbow, John Smith's Extra Smooth and Amstel.

Wetherspoon commercial director Paul Hine said: "We are pleased to have reached agreeable commercial terms with Heineken.

"In the Republic of Ireland, we will serve the three Heineken products at prices in line with our other products."

Wetherspoon has two pubs in Ireland and plans to open another five.

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