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Wetherspoon's reaches deal to serve Heineken in its pubs - but not in Ireland

The pub had pulled Heineken products from its 926 pubs before Christmas.

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FOLLOWING A DISPUTE over cheap pints that saw it pull Heineken products from its 926 branches, JD Wetherspoon has reached an agreement with the drinks company to once again stock Heineken products in its pubs.

The news comes with one small caveat, however: it will not serve Heineken or Murphy’s in its Irish pubs.

While the pub giant will serve the likes of Heineken,  Kronenbourg 1664, Amstel and Strongbow in its UK pubs, its Irish venues will not be stocking any of the former.

However, Irish customers will be able to purchase other Heineken products, namely Beamish, Fosters and Symonds Cider.

The initial row came about after Heineken refused to supply its products to Wetherspoon’s newly opened branch in Dun Laoghaire due to the fact that the pub was undercutting rivals by charging just €2.95 per pint of Heineken.

JD Wetherspoon subsequently pulled Heineken products from all of its 926 branches in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Of the latest news, 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.

Famed for its low-cost pints, JD Wetherspoon currently operates two pubs in Co. Dublin.

Several more branches are scheduled to open soon, including the first in Cork.

The pub has also confirmed that it is interested in opening a branch in Bray, but has yet to identify a site.

Previously: A row over cheap Heineken pints could derail JD Wetherspoon’s march on Ireland >

Here’s all you need to know about Wetherspoon’s new Irish pub >

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