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.
Modelo Especial Reaches Sales Milestone
“This is a remarkable accomplishment for Modelo Especial, which is the number three imported beer in the U.S. and is growing at a rate of more than 20 percent year over year,” said Bill Hackett, president of Crown Imports, Modelo’s exclusive U.S. importer. “This achievement is a true indicator of the phenomenal growth of the brand that continues to lead the beer industry and brings us one step closer to attaining our long-term vision of Modelo Especial becoming a 100 million case brand and the number two imported beer in the U.S.”
Modelo Especial continues to outpace the industry. As one of the fastest growing beer brands in the U.S., Modelo Especial reached the 30 million case mark just two years ago and grew sales nearly eight million cases in 2012 alone. The brand also became the number two imported beer within the U.S. convenience store channel earlier this year according to SymphonyIRI data – further indication of Modelo Especial’s continued success.
The brand’s rapid growth can be attributed to its widespread appeal and continued brand strength among Hispanic beer drinkers, a valuable consumer segment. To support Modelo Especial’s continued expansion into the General Market, the brand launched its first-ever English language TV spot within select markets in 2012 as well as drove consumer engagement and incremental case growth with a number of exciting promotions throughout the year. Additionally, two new Modelo Especial packages were introduced to the lineup: 24-pack loose bottles and 24 ounce bottles to help meet new drinking occasions among general and Hispanic audiences.
“Modelo Especial is a brand with both mass and acceleration unmatched by any other brand in the beer industry,” added Jim Sabia, chief marketing officer for Crown Imports. “We will continue to create strategic marketing initiatives for the brand to reach the general and Hispanic markets as we work to drive both future growth and awareness of the brand in 2013 and beyond.”
In a banner year for the premium Mexican beer, Modelo Especial was recently awarded the Leaders Choice “Beer Brand of the Year” Award by Market Watch magazine, as well as a Hot Brands award for the 18th consecutive year. Additionally, IMPACT magazine awarded Modelo Especial a Blue Chip Brand award, recognizing brands with over 500,000 case equivalent depletions with at least ten years of consecutive years of volume growth.
29 Jan. 2013