Beverage Giant C&C Group Subsidiary Suffers IT Systems Outage Due to Security Incident

Adam Bannister 19 April 2021 at 12:33 UTCUpdated: 19 April 2021 at 16:00 UTC

Staff at Matthew Clark Bibendum are ‘fulfilling orders manually’ while they restore systems

Matthew Clark Bibendum (MCB), a distributor of alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in the UK and Ireland, says it’s working to restore IT systems following a cybersecurity incident.

In a statement issued yesterday (April 18), constituent businesses Matthew Clark and Bibendum said they were “temporarily supporting customers and suppliers manually” having become aware of the incident on Friday, April 16.

“MCB responded quickly, enacting its cybersecurity response plan and shutting down all of its IT systems,” reads the statement.

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MCB is owned by C&C Group, which manufactures and distributes two of its most well-known brands – Irish cider Bulmers and Scottish beer Tennent’s – to more than 40 countries.

“The issue has not affected the IT systems of the wider C&C Group, which continue to operate as normal”, continues the statement.

MCB, which “is operating at reduced volumes” due to Covid-19 restrictions, said it “has expanded its call-centre capability to facilitate fulfilling orders manually.”

The company said it “is in the process of informing its customers and suppliers of the incident”, and “has notified the relevant authorities, including the Information Commissioner’s Office”.

Bristol-based Matthew Clark supplies the UK and Irish hospitality sectors with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from more than beverage giant group subsidiary suffers systems outage security incident