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.
Japan. Retailers move into brewing
In recent years, these retailers have been increasing their sales of low-priced beer and beerlike beverages as the domestic beer market shrinks.
The market includes conventional beer, low-malt happoshu and no-malt "third-category" beerlike products often made with soybeans, corn or peas.
The private brand beer items marketed to date are mainly third-category items.
Supermarket chain operator Aeon Co. started marketing its own beer product, Topvalu Barreal Lager Beer, on Tuesday. Aeon's new product is the nation's first private- brand regular beer. The 350-milliliter can of Barreal beer is priced at 158 yen, about 20 percent to 30 percent cheaper than rival products marketed by major beer companies. Aeon has said it aims to sell 100 million cans a year.
According to Aeon, the low pricing is made possible by measures such as outsourcing the beer's production to a South Korean brewer and cutting shipping costs with the use of its distribution networks.
Kenji Horii, general manager of Aeon's Topvalu merchandise division, said Monday at a press conference, "We've now reached the point that we need to reconsider the conventional wisdom in the beer industry."
Another leading supermarket chain operator, Daiei Inc., released the third-category beerlike product "Neu Welt" in 2007, while Seven & i Holdings Co. introduced a similar product called "The Brew" in 2009. Other retailers also have focused on third-category beerlike products for their house-brand products.
Home center chain operator Cainz Home has also made inroads into this field by launching its "Kogane" beverage in August last year. Such beerlike products are priced 10 percent to 40 percent lower than beer products from major brewers.
In the first half of this year, shipments of third-category beers developed by retailers are estimated to rise to 7 million cases, a 70 percent increase from the previous year, accounting for more than 3 percent of the nation's beer market.
Major brewers have begun to view such private-brand products with trepidation.
"As the economy has stagnated, low-priced private-brand items are likely to establish their position. We have to fend them off by improving our brands," an official of one brewer said.
10 Aug. 2011