Trans-Tasman brewer and wine group Lion Nathan yesterday (20 March) launched a range of beers into the New Zealand market in an attempt to attract 20-something drinkers.

Branded as MASH, the range is aimed at those who have turned away from traditional beer brands and to fill a hole in Lion Nathan's offering in New Zealand.

Last month, the company said its beer volumes in New Zealand had dipped 0.7% during the three months to 31 December due to "intense price discounting" and falling on-trade sales.

MASH is a departure from traditional brands and includes three varieties - MASH Golden Lager for easier drinking, MASH Citrus Lager with the addition of lime and MASH Energy Lager, which contains guarana.

"MASH will not only deliver value to our shareholders but also to our consumers as we begin to focus more explicitly on catering to their needs," says Lion Nathan New Zealand MD Peter Kean.

Kean sees the launch of MASH is part of a "significant investment by Lion Nathan to ensure sustainable long-term growth".