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.
India. Plan to rid A.P. of illicitly distilled liquor by April-end
The Excise Department has already intensified its efforts to rein in the well-entrenched trade in the last two months.
Officials admit that the drive against illicit liquor has not been effective over the years for the simple reason that though thousands of cases are booked, they are not be taken to their logical conclusion. “Thus, there is no deterrence for those indulging in hooch trade. However, we are now planning and finalising a strategy to rid the State of ID liquor through a two-pronged strategy — drive against illicit liquor and strict regulation,” official sources told The Hindu .
The department is gearing up to make a presentation before Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to expose the roots of illicit liquor trade and how the kingpins get away by using political connections. Once the strategy has the approval of the Chief Minister, a clear signal will go against political interference as in the case of red sanders, sources say. As a first step, the department has involved 200 Inspector of Circles and they have been keeping an eye on 1,991 locations where ID liquor is either manufactured or sold. The department has also been making district-wise assessment on the illicit trade.
“We are now in the process of preparing dossiers on the persons involved in the illegal business,” sources disclosed.
The department began with binding over of persons involved in the ID liquor business with a surety of Rs.50,000. If such persons indulged in the offence again, they would be taken into custody. Clear instructions were given to the district-level officers to track the kingpins behind the trade, apart from rounding off those commissioned by the big players to brew illicit liquor involving tribal people and other vulnerable sections, sources said.
The PD Act would be slapped against repeat offenders, and for this case files have already been opened in some districts. “In the first phase, Kurnool and Prakasam will be rid of ID liquor by February-end. The next target is to declare East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Anantapur, Chittoor ID-free by April-end,” sources said.
15 Jan. 2016