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.
California Brewery Hopes Its Local Focus Will Bring It Far
"I started thinking: why is someone in Maine going to want to drink a Hangar 24 Pale Ale when there are 300 other breweries in that part of the country that are brewing pale ales?" said Ben Cook, the founder and head brewer of Hangar 24. "Then there is Orange Wheat. You can't copy that."
Orange Wheat, a year-round offering, sources all of its oranges from Southern California's Inland Empire. The beer's success inspired Hangar 24's Field Series, a seasonal rotation of brews that rely on ingredients Hangar 24 sources near its home base in Redlands, Calif.
"Sure you can buy oranges anywhere. But the story, the authenticity isn't there," Cook said. "I thought what if we create a whole series of beer that truly represented where we are located — beers that are rooted in our geography."
The Field Series wasn't always in Cook's plan. The idea fell into his lap. Or more accurately, fell in a friend's yard.
"My buddy comes up to me and says 'I just bought this house with seven acres and there are apricots all over the place. Can you brew with them?' I said sure why not!" said Cook, laughing.
The result was a beer named "Polycot," which became one of the breweries most successful offerings. Other examples in the Field Series include Palmero, which is made with dates from the Coachella Valley; Warmer, which features fresh spruce from the San Bernardino Mountains; and Vinaceous, which uses crushed Mourvedre grapes from the Temecula Valley wine country.
Getting a Hand from the Neighbors
It's not just local ingredients that are used to make the Field Series. Often local residents are used to provide the manpower needed to brew some of the beers.
Take Gourdgeous, a porter brewed with pumpkins grown just a half mile from the brewery, as an example. Volunteers came to the brewery to help seed and cut the more than 1,000 pounds of pumpkins that were used to create the beer.
A similar effort was used to make the most recent batch of Polycot. Volunteers spent two days hand-pitting nearly 6,000 pounds of apricots.
The emphasis on creating local relationships doesn't end with the ingredients and volunteering residents. The brewery was one of two craft brewers chosen last season to sell its beer at nearby Anaheim Stadium, the home of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The deal provided Hangar 24 with some nice publicity but more importantly gave them credibility in a crowded marketplace.
"A lot of people hadn't really heard of us at the time," he said. "People were like 'Are you another one of those breweries opening up everywhere?' But once we said we were one of two craft breweries that got invited to pour at Angel Stadium, they were like 'oh really?' Their whole mindset would change."
Hangar 24 is named after the hangar at a local airport where Cook, a licensed pilot, and his friends would relax after a day of flying. The group would talk aviation, play music and often drink Cook's home-brewed beer.
Eventually, Cook turned his passion for home brewing into his first real job in the industry, working with Anheuser-Busch in quality control.
"It's not necessarily the type of beer I would drink, but it's some of the highest quality beer in the world," he said. "They spend a disproportionate amount of money on quality and one of the things I learned from them is how to pay attention to detail. They didn't just pay attention to the quality of the beer, they pay attention to the quality of everything."
Wanting to learn more, Cook went to the University of California-Davis, where he graduated from the Master Brewers program. Upon graduation, Cook officially dropped the home brewer title and founded Hangar 24.
Now, nearly five years after its creation, the business is starting to take flight. It's grown to 100 employees and recently increased its distribution reach to the San Francisco Bay area, its largest expansion to date. Cook expects the growth to continue in 2013.
"In the next few months, we hope to have the rest of the state of California filled out and start expanding into Nevada and Arizona within the next 6 months," he said.
To keep up with demand, Hangar 24 is in the process of expanding its facility to increase its annual brewing capacity from its current 35,000 barrels and hopes to reach 100,000 barrels by 2015. As part of the expansion, the brewery is redesigning its tasting room, hoping to turn it into a destination for locals and tourists alike. No matter how large the company grows, Cook said the focus will always be the place in which it was founded.
"We really see ourselves as a community member and we don't just try and sell people something. We say 'Hey come join us in our passion.'" He continued, "I love when I hear one of our customers say 'our' brewery. That means we're doing a good job when I hear that."
14 Jan. 2013