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Lion is struggling to meet demand for beer in hot weather

Kiwis are drinking so much beer this summer that brewing giant Lion is unable to keep up with demand.

Lion New Zealand spokeswoman Genevieve O'Halloran said sales were up nearly 20 per cent compared to a year ago, which was creating supply issues for North Island customers.

O'Halloran said the problem was "widespread" and affected the company's soft drink deliveries as well.

O'Halloran said demand for craft beer was especially strong.

Lion's sale of Emerson's beer was up 140 per cent, and Panhead brews were up 60 per cent, compared to the same week last year, she said.

"Corona, one of Kiwi's favourite summer drops, was up 50 per cent."

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