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.
Anheuser-Busch taps into at-home draft beer market
The Draftmark tap system, available only in the St. Louis market, holds one-gallon containers of beer that can be kept fresh for up to a month. According to directions from the Budweiser brewer, users charge the tap system’s battery, insert the pouring spout into the beer refill, place and rotate the beer refill into the tap system to lock into place, close the system and then pour.
The dispenser costs $50 and the beer refills — which are available in Budweiser, Bass pale ale and Shock Top Belgian White and each hold eleven 12-once servings — cost $14. The system is available at some Dierbergs, Schnucks, Shop 'n Save and Randall's stores in St. Louis and will become more widely available throughout St. Louis in February 2012.
I called A-B's Draftmark number, 1-877-97-DRAFT, to find out which 12 retailers are selling the Draftmark: Dierbergs in Brentwood and Ellisville; Schnucks in Des Peres, Chesterfield and on Butler Hill Road; Shop 'n Save in St. Charles and Ellisville; Randall's in Fairview Heights and on South Jefferson and Old Halls Ferry Road in St. Louis; Lukas Liquor in Ellisville; and Friar Tuck's in Crestwood.
“Our innovation team is continually experimenting with new beer styles, packaging and concepts, and we’re always looking for the next idea that meets an unmet consumer need,” said Pat McGauley, vice president of innovation at Anheuser-Busch.
What do you think about A-B's new Draftmark? Is this something you'll be buying for Christmas presents? Or will you stick to bottles and old-fashioned kegs instead?
15 Dec. 2011