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.
Peroni boosts SABMiller sales in gloomy UK beer market
Pub groups have fallen on hard times as cash-strapped drinkers have flocked to cheap supermarket deals.
But the world’s second biggest brewer revealed sales of Peroni on tap increased by more than 10 per cent as pub goers showed no qualms about forking out ?5 or more for a pint.
Italian job: Profits for the six months to September rose 12 per cent to ?2.28billion
Other big sellers included Pilsner Urquell, which grew by double digits. And the firm more than doubled sales of Kozel, a Czech pilsner launched in 2010 and available exclusively on draught in the UK.
Gary Haigh, head of the brewer’s UK subsidiary Miller Brands, said sales of premium lagers had picked up as pubs – particularly in towns and cities – spruce up their image.
He said the brewer also had to contend with the miserable summer and the ‘hospitality week from hell’ as workers were urged by London’s mayor Boris Johnson to work from home during the first week of the Olympics.
He said: ‘It’s been the year to remember for all the wrong reasons for the industry – fortunately we managed to buck the trend.’
It was a different story over at Aim-listed brewer Young’s, however. The firm (up 19p at 712.5p) said it made the most of the UK’s ‘summer of celebration’ as promotions around the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games boosted trade. The group, which has 237 pubs across London and the south of England, said the summer’s events helped it overcome a rain-soaked first quarter, with half-year underlying profits rising 11.2 per cent to ?13.9million.
The robust results for SABMiller also came despite the rising cost of barley used to make beer and adverse currency swings. Profits for the six months to September rose 12 per cent to ?2.28billion, with sales up 11 per cent to ?17.5billion.
Further afield the London-based company enjoyed strong profit growth in emerging markets in Africa and Latin America.
But SAB didn’t have it all its own way, with a 5pc drop in profit growth in Europe. As the brewer reports in US dollars the weakening euro also tarnished its figures.
The firm, which spent ?7.4billion last year on Foster’s, said the Australian company ‘contributed significantly’ to first half growth.
It lifted its interim dividend by 12 per cent to 24 cents (15p) a share.
12 Dec. 2012