Lion NZ is New Zealand’s leading alcohol and beverage company. Lion NZ holds Toitu carbonzero certification for its full organisation (including all breweries and manufacturing sites, venues, retail sites, and administration sites). It's Steinlager beer range and The Fermentist’s beer and cider range have earned Toitū carbonzero product certification.
Lion NZ Limited: Toitū carbonzero certified organisation
Lion NZ is New Zealand’s leading alcohol and beverage company with brands including Speight’s, Steinlager, Panhead, Wither Hills, Havana Coffee Works and Hopt Soda. The company employs around 1,200 people across its head office and The Pride in Auckland, Speight's, Harrington’s, The Fermentist, Emerson’s and Panhead breweries, the Wither Hills winery, Havana Coffee Works and its LK retail stores. Lion has both the Gender and Rainbow Tick and has won many awards for closing the gender pay gap and embedding flexible working into the business. It is a founding member of responsible drinking charity Cheers!, runs its own alcohol education platform called Alcohol&Me and provides funding to support Health Promotion Agency’s moderation programmes. Lion is also a signatory to the Climate Leaders Coalition and members of both the Sustainable Business Network and Sustainable Business Council.
At Lion, we take a view that climate change needs to be tackled from both an emission reduction and adaptation perspective. In terms of adaptation, we need to invest in research and development that ensures the resilience and supply of raw materials. We are also starting to evaluate the location of our manufacturing sites to understand how the impacts of sea level rise can be mitigated.
In terms of our ambition for emission reduction, we have a company-wide target which covers all of Lion’s New Zealand and Australian operations. This target aims to reduce emissions by 30% by 2026 from F15 levels. It is based on a science-based approach aligned to the Paris agreement which flows on from our parent company, Kirin, who had their Science Based Target approved in 2017.
The Fermentist’s beer and cider range: Toitū carbonzero certified products
When Lion built The Fermentist they decided to put a sustainable future lens over all our operations, from the brewery, our suppliers, our taproom and our people. The Beers are made from barley and Hops sourced from the closest possible supplier, Malt from Gladfield Malt, in Dunsandel, and Hops from NZ Hops LTD in Nelson (the only place in NZ that successfully grows Hops). The Ciders are made from New Zealand grown apples which have been evaporated into Apple juice concentrate (AJC)in the Hawkes bay, for ease of transport.
Lion get our raw materials onto site as we need them (just in time) to avoid excess transportation weights and packaging, especially shrink wrap. The Brewery is fully electric powered, and the main grid power is supplemented by 25kW of solar Photovoltaic panels, alongside 11.5kW of solar hot water.
The Steinlager beer range: Toitū carbonzero certified products
Steinlager is a beer brewed by Lion New Zealand, predominantly at The Pride Brewery located in Auckland New Zealand, with some relatively small production at Speights Brewery located in Dunedin in the South Island. Steinlager has a rich history in New Zealand, first being produced in 1958 and continues to be a popular brand within the New Zealand and international marketplace today. Steinlager consists of several product brands including, Classic, Pure, Tokyo Dry and Black.
The Pride Brewery, where Steinlager is brewed and packaged, has a strong sustainability culture and performance, including ongoing implementation of energy and water efficiency projects, staff training and environmental teams, awareness campaigns and reporting tools. The Pride is certified to an international standard for environmental management systems (ISO 14001) and continues to look for opportunities to continually improve their environmental performance. Opportunities for improving the sustainability of materials used within the brewing and packaging of our brands are reviewed and implemented with the relevant teams across the Lion network such as Lions packaging technical team and raw materials teams.
- The Fermentist's Kiwi Pale Ale Beer: Summary of carboNZero Product Certification 2018 - pdf, 337.6 KB
- The Fermentist's Beer and Cider Products: Summary of Toitū carbonzero product certification 2018 - pdf, 507.4 KB
- The Fermentist Beer and Cider Products: Summary of Toitū carbonzero product certification 2019 - pdf, 367.8 KB
- Steinlager's Beer Products: Summary of Toitū carbonzero product certification 2019 - pdf, 441.8 KB
- Lion NZ Limited: Summary of Toitū carbonzero organisation certification 2019 - pdf, 581.2 KB