The beer market dynamics in Russia is approaching zero, yet major brewers are divided into those who developed considerably in 2017 and those who considerably reduced their volumes. For instance, company Efes has managed to substantially extend their sales due to restrained pricing policy and activity in the modern trade. Heineken has also demonstrated an excellent performance promoted by significant increase of advertisement budgets launching a non-alcohol sort of the title brand and unusual activity in the economy market segment. Carlsberg and AB InBev have been focusing on margins and lost a market share of their inexpensive brands. Serious dependence on PET package and mass enthusiasm about Zhigulevskoe have negatively impacted the most of big regional brewers, that have been for the first time pressed by the leaders in the key sales channels, especially in Volga and Central regions. In the small business there has been a noticeable slowdown in appearing of new restaurant breweries, yet the number of craft breweries has been growing rapidly. In 2018, the beer market is likely to grow a little, while the share of AB InBev Efes may decrease due to the integration. ...
“Catalogue of Russian Beer Producers 2018” includes 1070 businesses ranging from large subsidiaries of international companies to rather small restaurant and craft microbreweries.The catalogue includes 32 large breweries, 75 regional breweries, 693 industrial mini- and microbreweries as well as 270 restaurant breweries. ...
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.
The first Pilsner Urquell Original Restaurant in Asia will open in Vietnam
cans, however this year Vietnam will receive beer barrels.
The Hanoi "POUR" is the first business of the Pilsner Urquell Original Restaurant in Asia. Architect Ji?? Hanzl?k, who was at the beginning of all Pilsner Urquell Original Restaurants, also participated in the restaurant's design. The entire equipment for serving beer from tap was supplied by a Czech company called Lukr?cius. The red seal and the green neon are a clear sign for all patrons of the restaurant that they are entering a beer heaven, which made Czech Republic famous around the world. As guests enter the nicely air conditioned place, they will be greeted by a shiny tap with four spouts and nicely placed glasses with a familiar logo. Patrons will pay an equivalent of 75 Czech crowns (4.37 USD) for a half a litre of the Pilsner Urquell lager and the maximum capacity of the restaurant is over 200 places.
As it is a tradition, a toast with the Pilsner Urquell lager opened the restaurant and a symbolic gift was given to the owner - horse shoes for good luck. These should protect the restaurant from bad powers and they have a direct connection to the Pilsner Urquell brand. They belonged to a horse which used to carry Pilsner beer at the beginning of its history.
"I know the owner, Mr. Chuyen, and I know that he is a big fan of beer and of the Pilsner Urquell brand. That is why I am not surprised about the care he gives the beer and the quality it has. The beer is stored in a cooling box and temperature in the restaurant's cellar reaches ideal
5 °C. That is unheard of in these conditions and that is why I am certain that the restaurant will be a success. Also, the care with which they care for the cleanliness of glasses and the way the beer is served prove that the POUR here could compete, in terms of quality, with any place," V?clav Berka, Senior Business Brewer from Plze?sk? Prazdroj, praised the restaurant at its opening.
Czech chef V?clav Pach prepared the menu for the restaurant. The menu includes representatives of Vietnamese and international cuisines as well as typical Czech meals, such as pork with onions, fried cheese, pork Milanese, grilled pork neck, tripe soup, which people call here "sup bao tu," other munchies to go with the beer such as preserved sausage or potato salad. "This is not my first visit here and I know that Czech cuisine will find its fans here," explained executive chef of the restaurant. Steven Hegarty from SABMiller, who is responsible for development of the Pilsner Urquell brand in Vietnam, praised both the beer quality and the Czech menu.
"I got to know the beer during my stay in former Czechoslovakia and I started to miss it after my return home. After building up my own restaurant brewery, today I reach another imaginary goal. I am opening our own Pilsner Urquell Original Restaurant in Hanoi, the first in Vietnam and in entire Asia. Today is a big day for me," shared the owner Ngo Hong Chuyen.
More than 200 guests participated in the grand opening of the restaurant. The guest list included, besides representatives from the media, also representatives from the City of Hanoi and representatives from neighboring countries such as Japan and China. In accordance with a tradition, all guests brought for the grand opening bountiful floral gifts for the garden by the entrance of the restaurant.
Our compatriots who are living and working in Hanoi did not resist and came for the event. "I am extremely happy that a Czech restaurant was opened specifically here on the route from the embassy to my apartment. It will be a nice stop on my way home from work," stated one of the Slovak guests.
Ngo Hong Chuyen, Owner of the newly opened PUOR in Hanoi
Pan Chuyen is the Czech Consul in Ho Chi Minh City. He lived in former Czechoslovakia as a student and after his return to Vietnam he started to build his own companies. Besides the newly opened PUOR, he runs two breweries in Hanoi and in Ho Chi Minh City, which are run under the business name Hoavien and offer Pilsner Urquell from bottles and in barrels. He travels to Czech Republic on a regular basis and of course he also visited Plze?sk? Prazdroj. He is a father of six.
Concept Pilsner Urquell Original Restaurants
The PUOR restaurant is a franchising project developed by Plze?sk? Prazdroj which provides unique environment with inspiring and original atmosphere, which blends the best traditions from Czech beer making and Czech cuisine with demands of today's modern lifestyle.
8 Aug. 2011