Lion Breweries kicks off consultation with employees today at Canterbury Breweries, where up to 24 jobs are on the line.
New Zealand’s largest brewer is building a $250 million beer manufacturing, contract bottling and warehousing plant at East Tamaki, Auckland, which will have an impact on what other production it needs around the country.
Canterbury Draught, Guinness, Steinlager Pure and some of the Mac’s range are brewed in Canterbury.
Speight’s in Dunedin was a regional exception, however, with a national and international reputation, and was produced in Dunedin and Auckland.
In Auckland, consultation had begun in April and up to 45 jobs out of 148 were likely to go at the Kyber Pass brewery as production was shifted over the next year to East Tamaki.