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.
Australia. Foster’s believes the sales will flow
Industry scan track figures by Nielsen show that, in the first three weeks of August, Foster's sales dropped to 44.6 per cent of the packaged beer market by volume, a loss of 1.9 per cent. Arch-rival Lion Nathan increased 2.5 per cent to 43.6 per cent.
Mr Pollaers insisted that the figures did not conflict with his assurances to shareholders that Foster's had a "key win" in stabilising the long-term decline in its market share.
He indicated yesterday a loss in market share in the short-term was predictable because the brewer had refused to heavily discount its products to compete.
But he stuck to his view that such discounting would prove unsustainable and that Foster's would regain its premium position in the longer term.
"We've said before that we're not prepared to lose market share without making a deliberate decision to do so and fully understanding the consequences," Mr Pollaers said.
The Takeovers Panel has already been forced to adjudicate in the bitter $9.5 billion takeover battle after SABMiller claimed Foster's results were misleading and deceptive. It decided the claims were not worth investigating.
SABMiller has refused to budge from its offer of $4.77 a share. Foster's share price closed yesterday down 3c at $4.88
15 Sep. 2011