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 Primed to Share More Beers With Neighbors in Southeast Asia
Vietnam, already one of Asia’s largest beer consumers, is seeking to boost its beer output over the next several years to meet an expected rise in demand at home and abroad.
The country aims to raise beer output by 18% to 25%, up from 3.4 billion liters in 2015 to between 4 billion and 4.25 billion liters by 2020, the Vietnam Beer Alcohol Beverage Association said in a statement Tuesday.
The planned expansion isn't just aimed at meeting rising domestic demand. Vietnam is also eager to boost exports to other Southeast Asian countries after the Asean Economic Community, an economic bloc of 10 countries, came into effect last week, said Phan Chi Dung, head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s light-industry department.
“The Asean Economic Community will boost trade and allow freer flows of labor and services, so it will be an opportunity for Vietnamese beer to go to a wider market,” Mr. Dung said.
With a population of more than 90 million and a beer-drinking culture, Vietnam has been attractive to foreign investors because of perceived growth prospects in its beer market. In May, Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev NV opened its first brewery in southern Vietnam to produce Budweiser and Beck’s. Other foreign brewers that have a footprint in Vietnam include Denmark’s Carlsberg Group and the U.K.’s SABMiller PLC.
The targeted expansion in Vietnam’s beer output will include both domestic and foreign brands, said Phan Dang Tuat, head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s enterprise reform commission and a former deputy chairman of the beer association.
Mr. Tuat said his ministry is planning an international investment conference in Hanoi to encourage foreign investors and investment funds to buy stakes in local firms, including in breweries.
Last month, Thailand’s Singha Group made one of the largest investments in Vietnam, buying stakes valued at $1.1 billion in certain subsidiaries of Vietnam’s Masan Group, including a 25% stake in Masan Consumer Holdings and a 33.3% stake in Masan Brewery, the companies said in a joint statement at the time. Masan Brewery is a new local player, opening its first plant in southern Vietnam in late 2015, with a capacity of 100 million liters a year.
Mr. Tuat said the long-delayed plan to sell a stake in the country’s largest brewer, Sabeco, is still alive, however it isn’t yet clear when the government will make a final decision.
Vietnamese officials said several foreign brewers have made approaches to buy a stake in Sabeco, formally known as Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp. It is 89% state-owned and controls about 45% of Vietnam’s beer market, selling brands including 333 and Saigon. Thai Beverage PCL, Heineken NV and SABMiller have shown interest in buying Sabeco, the officials said.
8 Jan. 2016