Beer drinkers are turning off mainstream brand Lion Red as brewer Lion Nathan pushes Speights as its national brand.
In New Zealand the beer market had stabilised with the total market size up 0.7 per cent, Lion Nathan said.
Star premium performers for Lion Nathan were Steinlager up 17 per cent and Stella Artois up 37 per cent.
While overall volume of beer in the mainstream category was down 7 per cent, the Lion Nathan brands were down just 1 per cent.
That included 7 per cent growth for Speights but a 9 per cent fall for Lion Red.