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.
US. Georgetown brewery to more than double its production
16 Mile Brewing Company, which opened in the summer of 2009 and features four year-round, English-style ales, will use its increased production to strengthen its Delaware customer base.
After hiring Sales and Marketing Director Claus Hagelman away from Dogfish Head earlier this summer and switching from 22-ounce aluminum bottles to the standard 12-ounce glass size, 16 Mile has gone on the offense in establishing its brand in the local markets.
"A lot of good things are happening here at the brewery," said co-owner Chad Campbell. "We're really excited to supply more. It's all about the next level. We're turning the page on things."
In addition to 16 Mile's "core four" ales -- Amber Sun, Blues' Golden, Old Court and Inlet India Pale Ale -- Campbell said the popular fall seasonal, Harvest Ale, will become a year-round mainstay and some new seasonal beers, and perhaps a stout, will hit the market next year.
Despite the exploding craft beer industry, 16 Mile is purely focused on becoming established as a Delaware beer. A big step in establishing the brand was introducing the 12-ounce bottle. Though it means losing some individuality, Campbell said, it's worth it.
"The 12-ounce package is an enabler, in a word," he said. "The marketplace, statistically, is a six-pack world, whether it's in a pub or in a package store. The 22-ounce aluminum bottle was unique, it set us apart, it helped us make our brand. The six-pack format will just catapult our efforts, and it will definitely take us to the next level."
A large part of the next level will be a larger retail base. After all, it's difficult to sell beer when liquor stores and restaurants aren't buying it. That's where Hagelman comes in.
"You need the two worlds to marry each other," he said. "If someone goes to a bar and finds a beer they love, they want to go to the liquor store and buy it. If they don't see it at the store, it takes the wind out of their sails."
Some stores, like Banks Wines & Spirits in Millville, have been carrying 16 Mile for years and are looking forward to carrying more, especially seasonal beers, which are always popular.
"I'm glad to see a small business like them be able to expand in Delaware," said co-owner Ted Banks. "I'm glad to see them going in the right direction. If they get into their seasonals, they'll get more customers. It'll be very good for our customers and for us."
The expansion will happen in phases, Campbell said, with the tap room and cooler space done by the end of the year and the expanded brewing space to be phased in through April in time for the busy season.
25 Oct. 2011