About DB Breweries

DB Breweries is one of New Zealand’s most iconic companies and we’ve been brewing beer at our main site in Waitemata since 1930. Today we produce and sell a wide range of high quality beers and ciders, including premium global brands such as Heineken, Tiger and Lagunitas, local favourites Tui and DB Export, and leading craft brands Monteith’s, Tuatara and Black Dog. We also operate Drinkworks, which markets and distributes premium beer and cider in Australia, and have a direct interest in 21 licensed premises in Auckland through Joylab, a joint venture with JAG Hospitality Group.

DB is 100% owned by HEINEKEN Asia Pacific Limited. While our shareholding is global in nature, DB remains very much a New Zealand company with strong ties to the local community. All of our breweries, and our cidery, have long histories in New Zealand and are embedded with a strong sense of Kiwi pride.

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Our economic contribution

Through our business we contribute to the community by creating jobs, providing business to local suppliers and paying taxes. In 2018, our economic contribution came to a combined value of over NZD $612 million. Overall, the brewing industry from barley to bar in New Zealand is worth $2.3 billion1, and contributes $640 million to New Zealand’s GDP.

DB’s economic contribution Value in 2018 (NZD million)
Wages and employee taxes paid $14.84
Excise duty* $150.92
GST paid $30.13
Corporate tax paid $13.38
Supplier payments* $403.82
Total $612.86

* Includes Drinkworks

(1) Brewing in New Zealand: Economic contribution of brewing report 2018, NZIER