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.
UK: C&C Group aims to triple international business by 2016
Currently, international EBIT accounts for 7% of the company's profits, C&C revealed at an investors day in Shepton Mallet on Thursday (29 November). The group is in the process of acquiring Vermont Hard Cider Company and Irish drinks firm Gleeson, but the growth predictions exclude these yet-to-complete deals.
C&C told investors that it expects its international business to make up 15% of its business by full-year 2014 and 20% by full-year 2016. Its products are currently available in 43 countries.
Mark Boulos, C&C's FD, said: “The US is incredibly important to us and we are looking to achieve market leadership nationwide.”
He added that, as cider is gluten-free it “resonates quite well” in the US and is an extension of craft beer for “someone who is looking to try something new”.
Bret Williams, Vermont Hard Cider company's president, said the category is “on the brink of an explosion” in the US.
Meanwhile, in the UK cider market, the company flagged that competition has increased as 43 cider brands are now listed in the average supermarket, compared to 19 in 2005.
But, analysts at Nomura noted that C&C is “exploring ways to further reduce the UK cider cost base and reinvest behind the brands”. This includes a new advertising campaign, driving Magners Golden Draft distribution and exploiting the speciality brands such as Addlestones. Nomura's Ed Mundy said: “Magners is still the modern cider of choice.”
On Tennent's, Nomura suggested the lager brand's growth story is "not over" in the UK, as the company focusses on recruiting new consumers (18-24 year olds) and brand building.
Nomura also sounded a positive note on the Gleeson deal, noting it “should drive greater efficiencies in the company’s route to market in Ireland” and “strengthen the company’s competitive positioning in the market”.
4 Dec. 2012