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.
Vietnam. Big waves in the beer market
The foreign breweries are focused on such segments of the market that allow getting more profit. For example, the brands Budweiser and Beck's of a world leader AB InBev are positioned in the premium segment. The company is building a brewery with a capacity of 50 million liters per year in Vietnam.
Meanwhile, a new player in the Vietnamese beer market, the Japanese company Sapporo is changing the focus to the more affordable segment of beer with the aim to increase its share. Mr. Mikio Masawaki, a new CEO of Sapporo in Vietnam, said: "The obstacles in the strategic branding were removed when we became a company with 100% foreign capital".
The news about the sale of the state share of the Sabeco Company in the amount of $2 billion has forced the world's leading breweries to involve in the struggle. If VBL and Sapporo have spent a lot of time to build their own system of production and distribution of beer in Vietnam, today there is a great opportunity to buy a 53% of the company’s share to cover nearly half of the market. SABMiller, Kirin Brewery, Asahi Breweries and Asia Pacific Breweries are the main candidates to buy this part of the share.
29 Dec. 2015