Global hop marketA local alternative to mass beer suggested by independent brewers has been successful and is now altering the global market. Beer is becoming more diversified, so transnational companies have to accept the new game rules and to switch focus to young and fast growing markets. All these processes increased the demand for aroma and bitter hop as well as their acreage expansion on two continents. However now there appeared a downward trend of alcohol consumption in the world, so even special sorts can soon turn to be sufficient. In this connection the dynamic American hop market is already facing some problems. EU hop producers have become more cautious, they are not racing to exceed the demand and look forward with more confidence, judging by the contract terms.
Hop Market in RussiaGermany still dominates the Russian market, yet over the recent two years one has been able observe a continuous success of Czech hop suppliers. Their expansion and growing popularity of hops from the United States became the drivers of supplies growth in 2016 despite the preceding modest harvest crop in the EU, as well as the factor of relative stability in 2017. In this connection, in 2017, the ratio of the varieties continued to shift towards the aroma ones, and the supplies of Magnum hop and other alpha varieties were reduced. However, the import of bitter hop pellets is partially replaced by extracts, especially from the major beer manufacturers. Total volumes of alpha acid supplies, according to our estimation, decreased by approximately 5% and returned to the level of 2015. Barth Haas Group continues dominating the hop products market; HVG also increased its weight. At the same time, Morris Hanbury significantly reduced the supplies in 2017.
10+1 trends of Russian beer market 2015-2017Despite of the moderately negative prognoses for 2017, the beer market can be stabilized soon. Yet the years of the negative dynamics have resulted in marketing being limited just to “optimization” and the art of balancing between price and volumes. Bigger supermarkets share means stronger trade marketing. These processes are connected to the majority of the described trends. At the same time, the federal brands inflation leads to searching for new tastes, sales channels and contact formats that expand the product range and diversify the beer market, but do not imply a substantial volume increase. Let us enumerate and further discuss the ten trends of the beer market we can see in 2015-2017 as well as the major event of 2017.
Beer market of Ukraine 2017In the first half of 2017, the Ukrainian beer market goes on decreasing slowly. Yet, the companies manage to compensate their lost volumes by raising prices and improving the sales structures. This results in the mid price market segment reduction while the sales of premium brands are rising. These processes are connected to position strengthening of companies Carlsberg Group and Oasis and the market share reduction of Obolon. Most of the novelties by the market leaders belong to craft or hard lemon categories.
Beer market of Russia 2016: PET goes to draftThe beer market of Russia was warmed up by the hot summer, but the preparation for large volume PET prohibition has already impacted it negatively. The year was successful for Efes, MBC and regional producers; Carlsberg’s positions were virtually stable but AB InBev and Heineken lost a part of market share having focused on the sales profitability. The dynamics of big brands was determined by how much the companies were willing to keep the prices down or by their promotional activity. In this context the economy segment of the beer market and sales of inexpensive draft beer were increasing. The premium segment started shrinking due to license brands migrating to the mainstream segment.
Ad Age: Anheuser-Busch Super Bowl ads ‘hack jobs’
In fact, Ad Age’s Ken Wheaton writes, “If there’s an opposite of most improved, Anheuser-Busch would take home the prize. It’s almost as if there’s no clear marketing leader over there. It was enough to make me long for the days of Bud Bowl.”
There have been some creative shakeups at the brewer. Last month, Keith Levy, A-B’s vice president of marketing, left the company.
Bob Lachky, A-B’s former chief creative officer who created some of the most iconic advertising campaigns of the past two decades, including "Wassup?!," the Budweiser frogs and the "Real Men of Genius,” left in 2009 after InBev bought A-B for $52 billion in 2008. Read Lachky’s review of this year’s Super Bowl ads here.
Ad Age’s Wheaton said A-B was “dialing it in” this year. “Only one of Anheuser-Busch’s spots is called ‘Hack Job,’ but the name could have been used for at least four of them,” he wrote. “The company that reliably turns in some of the best Super Bowl creative seemed to be, at best, dialing it in.”
A Bud Light spot called “Hack Job” by St. Louis ad shop Cannonball, for example, plays off home-improvement shows and adds a bucket of Bud Light for a kitchen-remodeling project.
Chicago-based DDB’s “Product Placement” was stolen from “Wayne’s World,” Wheaton writes. DDB’s “Dog Sitter,” features digitally enhanced dogs, which “might prevent animal cruelty, but it does nothing to prevent consumer cruelty,” he writes.
Wheaton also lampooned A-B’s Stella Artois spot. “This is how you make your Super Bowl debut, with Adrien Brody singing to weeping women in a French jazz club?” he asked. “This one left me wondering who decided to let Adrien Brody sing in a beer commercial.”
Wheaton said his one hope for the Bud Light spots is that A-B airs the 60-second DDB spot that the brewer unlocked on Facebook last week. “Called ‘Severance,’ it’s the silly sort of fun viewers expect from the brand.”
Wheaton’s favorite A-B commercial was the “Wild West” Budweiser spot by Anomaly in New York. “Seems more fitting for a Coke spot but ties nicely to the ‘Great Times Are Waiting’ tagline.”
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10 Feb. 2011