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.
Three year market performance summary of the SABMiller Ukrainian branch
One of the initial priorities of the Ukrainian branch was the implementation of the international quality standards of SABMiller at every production stage (from raw materials purchase to packing ready goods). To achieve this goal, $ 38.7 mln have been invested during these 3 years. At present, «Miller Brands Ukraine» is made of only natural ingredients, using classical recipes and observing Reinheitsgebot, the traditional German code of beer purity, approved in the XVI century.
Thanks to the unique system of water purification, water at the Ukrainian branch of SABMiller is virtually identical to Plzen water of the Czech republic, the reference standard in beer making.
The high quality of «Miller Brands Ukraine» is confirmed by the experts of the International Taste and Quality Institute, Brussels, Belgium: in 2010-2011 the beer produced at the Ukrainian branch of SABMiller received a Superior Taste Award.
The international food products safety management system ISO 22000:2005 has been in effect at «Miller Brands Ukraine» since March 2010.
The list of the brands acquired by SABMiller after having bought «Sarmat» has also changed. The company has continued developing «Sarmat» as the most promising regional brand, after discontinuing «Dnipro» and «Drive Max» brands. Besides «Sarmat», the portfolio of «Miller Brands Ukraine» includes «Zhigulevskoe» (produced at Donetsk using the classical recipe since 1962) and «Dobry Shubin» (original semi-dark beer named after the legendary kind spirit of the mines).
At the same time, the company puts special emphasis on premium class products by promoting popular licensed brands from the SABMiller global portfolio: Miller Genuine Draft, Redd's, Zolotaya Bochka, Velkopopovicky Kozel and Amsterdam Mariner.
Being a socially conscious company, «Miller Brands Ukraine» promotes responsible drinking, opposes selling beer to minors and participates in educational projects to prevent alcohol abuse.
Aside from that, «Miller Brands Ukraine» takes an active part in a sustainable development programme. Taking into account the local priorities, it's extremely important for the company in the Ukraine to protect water resources. At present, in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and German society for technical cooperation (GTZ) the company is implementing a programme of efficient water resources management.
The future plans of «Miller Brands Ukraine» include sales and distribution development in the Ukraine and neighbouring markets. Development of the premium brands will remain the priority for the company, taking into account the economic attractiveness of the given segment and strong role of the SABMiller parent company in many countries.
«During three years in the Ukrainian market we have gone the long way, having integrated a regional company into the structure of one of the world brewing leaders. By becoming a part of SABMiller, we gained multiple advantages, for example, an opportunity for Ukrainian consumers to choose interesting beer brands from the impressive portfolio of the parent company», stated Igor Tikhonov, General Manager of «Miller Brands Ukraine». «These days we are strengthening the local brands, launching new licensed brands, developing the premium niche. The growth rates bring us hope, we are growing faster than the market and are hoping to retain the growth dynamics.»
7 Jul. 2011