Wetherspoon is going through some dramatic changes because of Brexit

Marco Green
June 13, 2018

JD Wetherspoon has said that it will replace champagne and prosecco with non-European Union sparkling wines.

Founder and vocal Brexit supporter Tim Martin said that the move to non-EU suppliers would help to make prices lower in the long run, if the United Kingdom ends tariffs once it has left the customs union.

Mr Martin hinted that post-Brexit Wetherspoon's drinks may be cheaper.

Champagne will no longer be available at Wetherspoon's pubs from next month.

While beers from German breweries Erdinger and Tucher will be replaced by United Kingdom wheat beers from British-brewer Adnams.

"The EU's customs union is a protectionist system which is widely misunderstood", Martin said.

His comments came after the chairman of Sainsbury's, David Taylor, the British Retail Consortium and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg warned Brexit without an European Union trade deal will drive up food prices.

"It is the start of a review all products in the next six to 24 months, with the object of making our business more competitive".

'However, we are starting to make the transition to non-EU trade now'.

British sparkling wines set to be introduced include Denbies Sparkling Whitedowns Brut, and Whitedowns Rose Brut, as well as the Australian Hardys Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay.

The chain sells fewer than 100,000 bottles of champagne a year and stocks only Moët & Chandon.

'Tariffs are imposed on wine from Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and also on coffee, oranges, rice and more than 12,000 other products.

"The general message is that sparkling wine is a growth product", said Mr Martin.

Among the UK-brewed beers to get a stocking boost are Blue Moon Belgian White, Thornbridge Versa Weisse Beer and SA Brains Atlantic White.

Alcohol-free Adnams Ghost Ship will replace Erdinger alcohol-free beer from Germany.

Swedish cider Kopparberg makes it past the cull, due to the company's decision to make its cider in United Kingdom after Brexit. "In similar situations we will work closely with suppliers of niche products", Mr Martin said. He said each of the 650 parliamentary constituencies would receive around £60million.

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