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.
China. Yanjing Beer taking measures to cope with the recession in the industry
Management of Yanjing Beer believes that breweries will confront the consequences of the economic crisis in the short term, however, the further consumption growth is possible through the rural and western regions of China.
Yanjing Beer continues to promote fresh unfiltered (white) beer the market share of which is growing. The company tries to keep a moderate pricing policy. The sales of unfiltered beer were growing rapidly and therefore the price of a 500 ml can of beer at a store has reached 13 million yuan, and 50 yuan for 0.5 liter of beer at pubs and bars.
Unfiltered beer was so successful that thera are hopes in Yanjing that it will surpass standard sorts of beers in the medium price segment. The company expects that its market share will reach 80%. Meanwhile, it is 50-60%. The production capacities of this beer are located in Beijing, Guangxi, Fujian Province and other provinces.
In recent years, there has been very high competition and low consumer loyalty to brands in the market of Guangdong. The share of Yanjing Beer in this region declined to 10%. Therefore, the company intends to improve the quality of product and level of service and to take all measures to increase customer loyalty.
19 Jan. 2016