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.
Kirin Wins Court Order Allowing Takeover of Brazil Beer Maker Schincariol
The court in Sao Paulo state in a ruling yesterday overturned a previous injunction blocking the deal, said Fabio Rosas, a partner at Tozzini Freire Advogados, the law firm representing Kirin. The injunction was granted Aug. 4 after minority shareholders Jose Augusto Schincariol, Daniela Schincariol and Gilberto Schincariol Junior sued, claiming they have the right of first refusal to the controlling stake that Kirin purchased in August.
On Aug. 1, Kirin paid 3.95 billion reais ($2.2 billion) for Aleadri-Schinni Participacoes & Representacoes SA, which owns 50.45 percent of Schincariol. The deal, which was the global beer industry’s second-largest this year, gave Tokyo-based Kirin a foothold in Latin America’s largest beer market with brands such as Nova Schin and Devassa, whose television ads feature socialite Paris Hilton.
“The acquisition was legitimate and was made with all the care in the world, so it’s not a surprise that the justice recognized it,” said Fabio Ozi, a partner at Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Junior & Quiroga Advogados, the law firm representing majority shareholder Adriano Schincariol and Aleadri-Schinni, who also appealed the injunction.
Yesterday’s ruling paves the way for Kirin to take control of the company’s administration and resume talks to buy out minority shareholders. The Japanese brewer has offered at least 2 billion reais for the minority stakes, a person with knowledge of the discussions, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private, said late last month.
Kirin hired UBS AG to advise on the talks with minority shareholders, two people familiar with the process said last month. Citigroup Inc. acted as adviser for the accord to buy the controlling stake.
Minority shareholders Jose Augusto Schincariol, Daniela Schincariol and Gilberto Schincariol Junior plan to appeal yesterday’s ruling, according to their law firm, Teixeira, Martins & Advogados.
Kirin’s Schincariol purchase was the second largest in the global beer industry this year, trailing SabMiller Plc’s A$9.9 billion ($9.9 billion) acquisition of Foster’s Group Ltd. in September.
12 Oct. 2011