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.
Japan. Suntory to focus on Beam and own beer, not new deals: president
“We studied it, but we have no interest now in acquiring any other business at this moment,” President Takeshi Niinami said Friday, when asked at a media event in Tokyo if he had looked at buying those brands. “We have to concentrate on integration of Beam — we want to concentrate on this integration say at least for three to four years.”
Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. said Tuesday it is considering making an offer for Peroni and Grolsch as it seeks overseas growth amid Japan’s stagnating beer market. Suntory, which lagged Asahi and Kirin Holdings Co. in beer sold in Japan according to 2014 data from Euromonitor International, acquired in the same year the maker of Jim Beam and Canadian Club liquor for $16 billion to boost its sales of spirits worldwide.
“I’m confident that we’ll be able to double the EBITDA of Suntory Beam by the end of 2020,” Niinami said at the event, organized by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. The newly created spirits unit still needs to increase its footprint in emerging markets such as China, India, and the Central and South Americas, he said.
Suntory wants to try to differentiate from its competitors in beer through craft and premium brews, said Niinami, as tastes for beer in Japan become more sophisticated. The company’s Suntory The Premium Malt’s held a 3.7 percent market share in 2014, the seventh-ranked beer in Japan behind brands such as Asahi Super Dry and Kirin Tanrei, according to Euromonitor data.
18 Jan. 2016