Heineken have confirmed that, in the event of their bid to purchase 1900 pubs from Punch Taverns being successful, that they intend to work with SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) to ensure that tenants continue to have access to a wide range of quality beers from small, independent breweries.
Lawson Mountstevens, Managing Director of Star Pubs & Bars said: “We are aware that some Punch tenants are concerned that we will force them to purchase only HEINEKEN brands. We want to confirm that is not the case. Our commitment to work with SIBA should give tenants confidence. As we have consistently said, we will start with what is right for each of the pubs joining us and we will work together with licensees to ensure they have the right drinks on offer to suit the specific needs of each pub.”