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.
SABMiller announces agreement to bring Belgian Abbey beer to select markets
Under the terms of the agreement, the beer will be distributed outside Belgium under the St Stefanus brand. The name derives from the monastery of Sint Stefanus, to which the brewery is linked and which still houses an order of Augustinian monks.
Produced according to traditional principles that date back to as early as 1295AD, St Stefanus is the only ‘Abbey' beer in SABMiller's portfolio of over two hundred local brands. The high fermentation brewing process requires three different strains of yeast. The beer referments in the bottle and is released from the cellars after maturing for a minimum of three months. St Stefanus is approximately four months old when it leaves the brewery, but the consumer can choose to mature the flavour further by continuing to ferment the beer in its bottle for up to another twenty months.
Alan Clark, managing director of SABMiller Europe, said "SABMiller takes a keen interest in the development and growth of the global craft beer market. We have been searching for something special for beer enthusiasts in a category that already has some exceptional beers. In St Stefanus we have found exactly what we are looking for - a genuine Abbey beer that has remained true to its heritage and offers a high-quality product to a niche, yet discerning, market."
The agreement that has been reached with the Van Steenberge brewery is the first of its kind for SABMiller. The brewery, which specialises in brewing refermentation beers, remains independent and will continue to produce and distribute in the local market under the original brand name of Augustijn. SABMiller has acquired the right to distribute the beer under the name of St Stefanus globally. Variants of the brand will range from the lower alcohol Blonde, which is cellar-matured for three months, through to Grand Cru, which is cellar matured for a minimum of nine months. Depending on maturation, variants will be available for purchase from Autumn 2011 onwards.
Jef Versele, commercial director of Van Steenberge brewery said "We are delighted to have access to SABMiller's distribution networks outside Belgium. As the industry continues to wake up to the potential of the craft segment, progressive agreements like this will ensure a broader and more varied portfolio for global brewers, product integrity and greater reach for craft producers and, most importantly, more choice for consumers."
Distribution will focus on carefully chosen markets and retailers that favour craft and speciality beers, especially other Abbey brands. St Stefanus is aimed at consumers who are passionate about craft beers and who will seek out new, niche products for a different taste experience. For this reason, the beer will only be available in the bottle, allowing consumers to choose how they want their beer to taste by cutting short or prolonging maturation.
SABMiller continues to diversify its brand portfolio and to invest in selected craft ales. In August 2010, its joint venture in North America, MillerCoors, announced the formation of Tenth & Blake Beer Company to focus on craft and import beers and strengthening relationships within the beer industry with a view to enhancing the overall segment's volume and growth.
5 Jul. 2011