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.
Suntory denies in talks to buy Danone water assets
* Danone looking to sell water assets by year-end -Bloomberg
* Danone CFO declines comment, says water business "still strategic"
TOKYO, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Japanese beverage firm Suntory Holdings denied a report on Tuesday that it is in negotiations with France's Danone SA on buying the French group's water assets.
Bloomberg News said Danone is in talks with Suntory about a sale of all or part of its water business, citing three sources, in a deal Danone hopes to clinch by year-end. Suntory may only buy Danone's water operations in Asia, two of the sources said.
"We are neither in negotiations, nor bidding, for Danone's Japanese, or any other portion of, its water business," a Tokyo-based Suntory spokeswoman said.
Speaking in France, Danone CFO Pierre Andre Terisse declined to comment on the report but told analysts during a conference call that the water business was "still strategic" for Danone.
Last November, Danone, the world's No 2 bottled water producer, was in early talks with unnamed parties on such a deal, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Suntory, along with Japanese brewers Kirin Holdings and Asahi Group Holdings , had previously been mentioned as potential bidders for Danone's water business, which includes Evian and Badoit bottled waters.
Japanese beverage firms have been looking abroad for growth as they battle a highly competitive and shrinking home market.
Earlier this year, Suntory entered a soft drinks venture with Indonesia's GarudaFood and in 2009 bought soft drinks maker Orangina.
19 Oct. 2011