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.
Beer market of Vietnam: “Young tiger”Vietnam is one of the few big beer markets that continue to grow steadily. The beer popularity results from its low price, street consumption culture, and social motives. The outlooks of beer market as well as the Vietnamese economy inspire optimism, though the country is heavily dependent on export of goods. The state regulation can be called liberal, but the key risk for brewers is harbored in intensive rising of excise. Within TOP-4 there are two leaders, Sabeco and Heineken that grow at the fastest rates. The first company effectively employs its capacities, the second one focuses on marketing technologies. Almost 80% of the market belongs to century-old brands, yet the middle class and the youth are shifting their interest toward international premium that is growing taking share from the mainstream.
AB InBev opens new factory in Sichuan
With an investment of 650 million yuan ($100.10 million), the factory will produce Budweiser and Harbin Beer for the market in the southwestern region, which includes Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou, as well as Chongqing Municipality and the Tibet Autonomous Region.
"China is the engine of the global beer market, and its performance is outstanding,” said Carlos Brito, CEO of AB InBev, adding that the first bottle of beer from the new plant is expected to hit the market by the end of June.
"It will trigger fierce competition in the southwestern region,” Yang Qingchun, director of public relations with Societ Insights & Decision, a Shenzhen-based marketing consulting firm, told the Global Times Thursday.
According to Yang, the southwestern region already has several producers, such as China Resources Breweries and Beijing Yanjing Brewery, with China Resources Breweries holding more than 60 percent of the market share in the region.
However, Yang said the market still offers potential as annual beer consumption in the southwestern region is 20 liters per head, compared with an average of 30 liters for the whole country.
"The new plant will impact the sales of rivals such as Snow Beer and Chongqing Beer,” said Zhao Yong, an industry researcher from Haitong Securities, adding that Harbin Beer's strong network will help with sales for AB InBev.
AB InBev was created in 2008 when Belgium's InBev merged with US brewer Anheuser-Busch. It currently has 33 breweries in China across 13 provinces with over 25 beer brands, including Budweiser, Harbin and Sedrin. In March, the company acquired China's Weixue Beer Co, the second largest brewery in Henan Province.
Miguel Patricio, president of AB InBev Asia, said the company is also upgrading its plants in Henan, Liaoning and Fujian provinces, and is looking for opportunities in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
China became the largest brewery market in the world last year. After years of fierce competition and consolidation, there are now fewer producers.
According to figures from Societ Insights & Decision, the four giants – China Resources Breweries, Tsingtao Brewery, AB InBev and Beijing Yanjing Brewery – account for more than 60 percent of market share in China, and 72.5 percent of profits.
27 May. 2011