South African Breweries has answered recent reports that it may run out of beer in parts of the country despite an increase in demand.

Speaking to just-drinks today (26 September) SAB Communications Manager Janine van Stolk said: "While supplies of certain of its pack sizes and types are under pressure, there is no critical shortage of beer. The challenge is providing customers with their choices of preferred brands and packs when they need them."

SAB, which is owned by SABMiller, noted that stock levels have been depleted due to the importation of glass reducing production flexibility. The company said that it imports 80,000 tonnes of glass to augment glass supplies, representing about 20% of SAB's glass requirements.

Van Stolk added: "We have also seen a continued upward shift in demand for our brands this year. In particular, our new Hansa Marzen Gold has performed ahead of expectations, although we have been experiencing strong demand trends with our other brands as well."

SAB Ltd reported a 4% year on year increase for the three months to the end of June in its recent trading update.