Saturday, September 29th, 2012
Approximately 1.5 million New Zealanders aged 18+ drink beer in an average four week period and are more likely to do so in a private home than at a licensed venue, according to the latest findings from Roy Morgan Research for the 12 months to June 2012.
The majority (70%) of Kiwi beer drinkers drink beer at home, while the second most popular place for Kiwis to drink beer is at a friend or relative’s home (39% of beer drinkers). A bar, tavern or pub (33%) is the most popular on-premise location for drinking beer, followed by a café or restaurant (18%).

Places where New Zealanders 18+ drink beer

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source, July 2011 – June 2012 (n = 4,559). Base: New Zealanders aged 18+ who drank beer in the last 4 weeks.

Pip Elliott, General Manager (New Zealand), Roy Morgan Research, says:
“Kiwi beer drinkers are clearly fond of drinking beer at home. This may be due to Kiwis preferring the comfort of their own home, not having to organise transport or a sober driver or possibly the fact that alcohol is a lot cheaper when drinking at home.

“While home is the most popular place for drinking beer across all age groups, younger consumers are more likely than older consumers to drink beer at a friend or relative’s house. They’re also more likely to drink beer at a bar, tavern or pub.

“To fully understand the importance of different venues to the New Zealand beer market, it’s also important to consider volume as well as location.  Beer drinkers consume larger quantities of beer in some locations than in others, but drinking beer at home clearly accounts for the majority share.”

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