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.
Analysis of beer market in China (on Russian)
Beer market of Ukraine: big three losing weightIn 2016, fast increase of excises and resulting price spike stood in the way of the beer market stabilization. Most of competition (as well as mass sorts) moved to the economy segment of the market. The biggest losses were incurred by the leading three, especially Obolon, which again experienced pressure after reallocation of Efes market share. However, one should already speak of TOP-4. Group Oasis CIS (PPB) became a strong player and competitor to transnational companies. Besides the net sales of many regional medium breweries look rather good and 16-fold cost reduction wholesale trade license for craft brewers opens up a possibility of rapid growth in 2017.
India. United Breweries launches super-premium beer Heineken
Heineken is being positioned as a super-premium international beer at a 30% premium over Kingfisher Ultra beer and competitor Carlsberg's eponymous beer, Shekhar Ramamurthy, deputy president of United Breweries (UB), said. It will carry a price tag of Rs 170 for a 650 ml bottle.
Heineken holds 37.5% share in India's largest brewer, a stake it picked up when it jointly bought out Scottish & Newcastle with Danish major Carlsberg in 2008. United Breweries and Heineken, which sells 200 million hectolitres of beer worldwide, agreed to manufacture the iconic Dutch brand in late 2009.
UB has begun manufacturing at its brewery in Taloja, Mumbai. "There is no plan to extend production to other UB breweries," Ramamurthy, added. UB also has access to Heineken's brand portfolio but is not likely to introduce other brands at the moment, the company said.
Ramamurthy believes the brand has enough recall in India. "It is arguably the best known international beer brand. It will add to our portfolio as Indian consumers are upgrading with higher disposable income. While some of our consumers will make it a part of their portfolio on certain ocassions, others may switch to it. We believe that although the market is small now, it will evolve," he said.
The Vijay Mallya-led company reported 6.68% year-on-year fall in net profit at Rs 71.04 crore in the first quarter against Rs 76.13 crore in the comparable period. This was despite robust sales increase of 23.02% to Rs 943.79 crore in the period.
In the quarter under consideration, its profits were weighed down by higher interest and finance charges. "Interest costs for the quarter increased due to higher interest rates and higher debt also resulting from the repayment of preference shares worth Rs 173 crore in early April," a company satement, said on Tuesday.
The companies results were announced after market hours. UB stock was down 0.26% to Rs 474.25 on the BSE on Wednesday.
11 Aug. 2011