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Supply problems may leave pubs short of beer


Supply concerns could hit drinkers

Pubs face the prospect of having no beer this week as delivery problems create new pressures after months of lockdown.

A shortage of warehouse staff and lorry drivers is affecting supplies of beer and and vital gases such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen, which are needed to pump draft beers.

The issue has been exacerbated by disruption caused by closures and coronavirus restrictions.

Colin Wilkinson, managing director of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, said: “The full reopening of the hospitality sector has been hit with two serious issues: a shortage of staff availability and the more recent immediate problems facing the supply chain.

“SLTA members are already reporting delays and cancellations of orders placed with brewers and other supply chain operators and, in some instances, beer orders that have been delivered fall short by around 75%.

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