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. Himalayan Monkey brewer adds second “Indian beer”
Shimla joins Himalayan Monkey – the craft beer designed to pair with spicy foods, which FoodBev first reported on back in June – in being released for general sale this month.
Both beers have been formulated to be robust enough to work perfectly alongside the spices used in Indian and Bangladeshi food, without overpowering their delicate flavours. They have been authentically brewed and bottled in India, making them a popular choice with the growing number drinkers who have a thirst for “craft offerings” from manufacturers who are producing on a smaller scale and to ensure quality and a closer connection to the authenticity of their brands, East End Foods said.
The company’s commercial director, Paul Deep, said: “The UK’s current two best-selling beer brands which strongly imply they are ‘Indian’ are actually brewed in the UK and are mass produced. Hence, we realised there was an opportunity to provide consumers with genuine Indian beer in the UK.
“Like with all East End products, the company painstakingly worked on the quality of the recipes in India, which in total took over a year to get right; we are delighted with the outcome.
“In Himalayan Monkey beer we identified a gap in the market for an authentic Indian beer that is priced and positioned to appeal to a younger, more street-wise lover of ‘all things hot and spicy’ – a movement that continues to grow and reflects a clear preference for spicier foods amongst younger, more adventurous consumers. The Himalayan Monkey branding and label design will really capture the imagination of this market.
“Furthermore, we also realised that there is space in the market for a beer brand which appeals to the more mature consumer of Indian cuisine, especially those who frequent higher-end Indian restaurants, so we developed the Shimla brand.”
“For both beers, there’s a real emphasis on the care with which they’ve been prepared and the authenticity of ingredients we’ve used,” Deep continued. “We think this will be appreciated by an increasing number of consumers as the trend to move away from mass production across the FMCG market continues to pick up pace in the UK”.
“Our initial strategy will be to distribute the beers through the massive network of Indian restaurants which exist throughout the UK… we are confident that the consumer will love this real taste of India.”
8 Jan. 2016