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.
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.
New Zeland. Beer ban follows brewery buyout
However, fellow Blenheim bar Dodsons St Beer Garden owner Dietmar Schnarre said he would continue to pour the popular Emerson's Bookbinder Ale as long as it retained its quality.
Many bars specialising in craft beers renounced their loyalty to the Dunedin-brewed beer after the company announced its deal with Japanese drinks giant Kirin, which owns Lion Nathan.
Secret Garden co-owner Frank Walker said the Maxwell Rd bar stocked New Zealand craft beers and believed Emerson's no longer fitted the category.
"Lion Nathan is part of a huge global conglomeration and to be perfectly honest I think they will ruin it [Emerson's beer]."
They have not had Emerson's on tap for a few months and would no longer stock the bottled Emerson's range, instead introducing Christchurch-brewed Matsons beer, he said.
Matsons gives 20 cents to the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal for every 500ml bottle of Quake Lager sold.
Mr Schnarre said that while Lion Nathan's takeover of Emerson's had sparked heated debate among craft beer lovers, he would continue to stock it at Dodson's as one of their rotating range of craft draught beers.
"As long as the quality is retained, I will keep it. It's very popular."
Beer writer and international judge Geoff Griggs, of Blenheim, said it was understandable that bars which stocked beers from only independent brewers would disassociate from Emerson's following the change in ownership.
While some bars would drop the beer, Emerson's could become more widely available through Lion's distribution network.
"The flipside is that Lion now has access to one of New Zealand's greatest beers, and until Lion proves otherwise, I'm pretty optimistic about Emerson's future.
"Emerson's wouldn't have gone cheaply and the worst thing Lion could do would be to change the beer."
15 Nov. 2012