After five years of working together Molson Coors and Matthew Clark have “mutually agreed not to renew their free trade distribution agreement in Scotland.” The deal, which was originally signed in September 2013, saw Matthew Clark take on the distribution of Molson Coors brands such as Carling, Blue Moon and Rekorderlig.
Now the two companies are parting ways although there will be a transition period following the end of this year, during which time current pricing will be maintained, subject to supplier price increases and Government duty alterations. However Molson Coors is not appointing a new distributor. In a statement the company said, ““Molson Coors will not be appointing a new distributor, but working with its network of wholesalers, including Matthew Clark, to serve the Scottish market. It is business as usual for both companies as they continue to work closely together to maintain the highest standards of customer service.”
Commenting on the announcement, Andrew Lawrence, Molson Coors Scotland Sales and Operations Director, said, “We’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with Matthew Clark as a wholesaler, and together our priority is making sure our customers experience no interruption to the high standard of service they’re used to.”
Des Gallagher, Matthew Clark Regional Managing Director Scotland, said:“We have had a successful five years working together with Molson Coors, and I would like to thank our customers and joint teams for their tremendous support and commitment during this period.”
The dissolving of the agreement comes almost 12 months after C&C, owners of Tennents, bought Matthew Clark out of administration.