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.
10+1 trends of Russian beer market 2015-2017Despite of the moderately negative prognoses for 2017, the beer market can be stabilized soon. Yet the years of the negative dynamics have resulted in marketing being limited just to “optimization” and the art of balancing between price and volumes. Bigger supermarkets share means stronger trade marketing. These processes are connected to the majority of the described trends. At the same time, the federal brands inflation leads to searching for new tastes, sales channels and contact formats that expand the product range and diversify the beer market, but do not imply a substantial volume increase. Let us enumerate and further discuss the ten trends of the beer market we can see in 2015-2017 as well as the major event of 2017.
Beer market of Ukraine 2017In the first half of 2017, the Ukrainian beer market goes on decreasing slowly. Yet, the companies manage to compensate their lost volumes by raising prices and improving the sales structures. This results in the mid price market segment reduction while the sales of premium brands are rising. These processes are connected to position strengthening of companies Carlsberg Group and Oasis and the market share reduction of Obolon. Most of the novelties by the market leaders belong to craft or hard lemon categories.
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.
SABMiller plc : MillerCoors Delivers Profit Growth In Third Quarter
"This quarter we delivered significant profit growth and improved our year-to-date share trend," said MillerCoors Chief Executive Officer Tom Long. "Strong investment, clear positioning and packaging innovation for Coors Light have helped drive nearly eight consecutive years of growth for our largest brand. Tenth and Blake demonstrated the power of its portfolio, marked by the continued growth of Blue Moon Belgian White and Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy. We have a pipeline of innovation to drive our largest brands, and we're launching exciting above premium products nationally in early 2013. Strong cost management remains a priority, and we are committed to our net revenue strategy and focus on positive brand mix to drive value."
Third Quarter Highlights
Unless otherwise indicated, all amounts are in U.S. dollars and calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP. All percentages are versus the prior-year comparable period and include MillerCoors operations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. All sales-to-retail (STRs) results are presented on a trading-day-adjusted basis, as the third quarter of 2012 had one fewer trading day compared with the same quarter in the prior year.
Underlying net income (a non-GAAP measure) increased 13.5 percent to $325.6 million.
Total net sales increased 1.5 percent to $1.994 billion.
Domestic net revenue per barrel, excluding contract brewing and company-owned distributor sales, increased 3.6 percent.
Total cost of goods sold (COGS) per barrel increased 0.5 percent.
MillerCoors domestic STRs declined 2.4 percent. Domestic sales-to-wholesalers (STWs) decreased 2.6 percent.
Brand Highlights for the Third Quarter
MillerCoors Premium Light STRs declined low-single digits in the third quarter versus prior year. Coors Light continued its momentum growing low-single digits for the quarter and outpacing the total premium light segment. The brand will benefit from increased fourth quarter marketing investment and visibility in national advertising. Miller Lite declined mid-single digits, representing a slight decline in performance versus the first half of the year. Sales of 12- and 16- ounce Miller Lite punch-top cans increased low-single digits, marking the first time that the Miller Lite can business has been positive since the formation of MillerCoors. Miller Lite will also invest heavily to seed the "It's Miller Time" campaign for the remainder of the year, specifically around fall football programming. Miller64 STRs were down mid-single digits in the quarter and volume trends have improved significantly and sequentially since its re-positioning in the first quarter of 2012.
Tenth and Blake grew the MillerCoors Craft and Import portfolio by double digits in the quarter and outperformed the overall craft segment. This growth was driven primarily by Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy and Blue Moon Belgian White. In the quarter, Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy nearly doubled in volume versus the prior year. Blue Moon grew low double digits, attributable to marketing support around the Blue Moon lunar event in August 2012. Peroni Nastro Azzurro once again delivered strong results in the quarter, growing high-single digits.
The Economy portfolio declined mid-single digits as the company narrowed the price gaps between economy and premium beer. Miller High Life continued to build brand awareness with its "Welcome Veterans Back to the High Life" program. Keystone Light continued to drive its "Always Smooth" positioning primarily through digital engagement and localized marketing efforts.
The Premium Regular portfolio was down high-single digits with a double-digit decline by Miller Genuine Draft partly offset by continued growth of Coors Banquet, which was up low-single digits.
Financial Highlights for the Third Quarter
Domestic net revenue per barrel grew 3.6 percent as a result of strong net pricing and an acceleration of favorable brand mix, driven by Tenth and Blake growth and the Economy portfolio decline.
Total company net revenue per barrel, including contract brewing and company-owned distributor sales, increased 3.0 percent. Third-party contract brewing volumes were up 8.7 percent.
Total COGS per barrel increased 0.5 percent driven by packaging innovation and commodity inflation, largely offset by strong cost savings.
Marketing, general and administrative costs increased 0.4 percent driven by increased marketing investments, partially offset by timing of general and administrative expenses.
In the third quarter, $29 million of cost savings were achieved, primarily related to procurement savings and brewery efficiencies.
Depreciation and amortization expenses for MillerCoors in the third quarter were $71.0 million, and additions to tangible and intangible assets totaled $58.2 million.
An $18.7 million write-off of assets related to the Home Draft package was recorded as a special item in the quarter.
Overview of MillerCoors
Built on a foundation of great beer brands and nearly 300 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the highest quality beers. MillerCoors is the second-largest beer company in the United States, capturing nearly 30 percent of beer sales in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of brands across every major industry segment. The portfolio is led by the company's premium light brands: Coors Light, Miller Lite and Miller64. Coors Light, the World's Most Refreshing Beer, offers consumers refreshment as cold as the Rockies. Miller Lite established the American light beer category in 1975, offering beer drinkers a light beer that tastes like beer should. Miller64 is 64 calories of crisp, light taste that complements a balanced lifestyle. MillerCoors brews premium beers Coors Banquet and Miller Genuine Draft, and economy brands Miller High Life and Keystone Light. Tenth and Blake Beer Company, MillerCoors craft and import division, imports Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell and Grolsch and features craft brews from the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Blue Moon Brewing Company and the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company. MillerCoors operates eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel's craft brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisc., and two microbreweries, the Tenth Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver. MillerCoors vision is to create the best beer company in America through great people changing the way America enjoys beer. MillerCoors builds its brands the right way through brewing quality, responsible marketing and sustainable environmental and community impact. MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company. Learn more at MillerCoors.com, at facebook.com/MillerCoors or on Twitter through @MillerCoors.
13 Nov. 2012