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.
Heineken launches innovative new global design project
‘Open Design Explorations Edition 1: The Club’ is the first project in a strategic, new design initiative that will extend Heineken’s commitment to innovation by going beyond the design of beer packaging and focusing on the consumer experience in a bar. ‘Open Design Explorations’ seek to generate pioneering concepts for the social environment and beer moments through ‘open innovation’, a process that will see Heineken co-creating with emerging creative talent and specialised design studios.
Mark van Iterson, Manager Global Heineken Design & Concept said, “Heineken is recognised around the world for its creative excellence. At the recent Cannes Lions Creativity Festival in June the company received seven awards, including a Silver Lion in the design category for our STR aluminium black light bottle. The Open Design Exploration project will enable us to build on the creative momentum that exists in the brand and help us to create nightlife environments that deepen the bond that we enjoy with our consumers.”
‘Edition 1: The Club’ sees the brand targeting the global design audience for the first time by offering emerging designers across various disciplines a unique opportunity to become part of the global design conversation. Designers will be encouraged to uncover insights from club life around the globe, exchange ideas with esteemed peers and challenge pre-conceived notions of what a club environment should be by creating innovative design concepts that will be used to produce a concept club.
The project is focused on four important markets to the company – Brazil, Italy, USA and Japan – and will be activated through social media, experiential, partnerships and PR.
Mark van Iterson, added: “Our ambition is push boundaries in club design, and help to make an impact on the clubbing environment around the world. Through the first exploration, ‘The Club’, we will engage with our consumers, involve them in a conversation and then have the designers create truly pioneering concepts for the nightlife social environment. We are excited by the prospect of what the innovations can achieve through this programme and look forward to igniting exciting, global conversations.”
17 Aug. 2011