British pub chain to stop serving champagne

Andrew Cummings
June 16, 2018

The move will see champagne replaced with sparkling wines from the United Kingdom such as Denbies Sparkling Whitedowns Brut, as well as Hardys Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay from Australia.

The switch will affect all 880 Wetherspoon pubs from July 9.

"This move helps us to broaden our horizons so that we create an improved offer for the two million customers who visit our pubs each week", says Martin.

"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".

The drinks boss said it makes sense to invest in United Kingdom drinks products now because of the EU's "protectionist" tariff systems, which he claims are "widely misunderstood".

"Tariffs are imposed on wine from Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and on more than 12,000 other products".

"Brexit will create big marketing opportunities for United Kingdom and non-EU producers, which Wetherspoon is keen to encourage". Clegg said leaving the European Union without a deal would mean a 22% tariff on food from the EU.

Other existing contracts with European Union suppliers will be honoured until they expire.

Martin is a staunch Brexit supporter and has been vocal in his support of Britain's departure from the EU.

English brand Denbies vineyard, and Hardys Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay from Australia will replace champagne and prosecco.

Wetherspoon will continue to serve Kopparberg cider from Sweden.

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

The decision to stop stocking many European brands doesn't include Swedish cider Kopparberg after the brewer confirmed it will produce the drink in the United Kingdom following Brexit.

Martin says that in order to maximise opportunities from Brexit the United Kingdom should follow free-trading nations like Australia and Singapore by ending tariffs.

Major British employers groups have urged the government to remain in a customs union with the EU after Brexit, warning of the risk of tariffs and border delays in their trade with the bloc if they are outside the common external tariff area.

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