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.
Anheuser-Busch InBev and Accenture Collaborate on Digital Merchandising Pilot
Under the terms of the agreement, Accenture is working with AB InBev to pilot an innovative digital merchandising service to provide the brewer with access to point of sale data about product presence and placement that is more detailed, faster and more reliable. The pilot aims to deliver a reduction in out of stock products, improved compliance by retailers and, as a result, improved product sales.
The Accenture Digital Merchandising Service – part of Accenture’s suite of managed services for consumer goods companies - is a customizable solution that can help consumer products companies to improve their in store performance by offering them a fast and reliable view of their product’s presence and placement on the shelf. Through the service, digital pictures of the products and prices are continuously collected and monitored, and translated into information and key performance indicators (KPIs) using Accenture’s capabilities, such as mobility software, market analytics, and its unique proprietary algorithms.
This innovative approach avoids time consuming data collection activities and, by receiving both quantitative and qualitative information immediately, it allows sales reps to make better decisions faster.
The pilot is taking place in 55 stores in Russia, and the results will offer AB InBev important insights into whether the activity should be rolled-out across its Russian business or into other geographies.
“This pilot will help AB InBev to better understand how we can use digital merchandising techniques to enhance our performance at the shelf,” said Felipe Franco, VP of Information and Business Services at AB InBev. “Our visit to Accenture’s Customer Innovation Center in Milan helped us to visualize the different challenges and to shape our strategy for tackling them.”
“AB InBev has identified digital merchandising as an area where it can create improved efficiency, enhanced data and, therefore, increased sales,” said Marco Spaziani Testa, who leads Accenture’s Consumer Goods and Services practice in Central and Eastern Europe. “This pilot is an example of AB InBev’s keen focus on innovation in order to deliver an improved service to its customers and consumers.”
Accenture is delivering the work from its operations in Moscow, Russia, the Accenture Customer Innovation Center in Milan, Italy, and Bangalore, India.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 215,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$21.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2010. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
19 Apr. 2011