10+1 trends of Russian beer market 2015-2017Despite of the moderately negative prognoses for 2017, the beer market can be stabilized soon. Yet the years of the negative dynamics have resulted in marketing being limited just to “optimization” and the art of balancing between price and volumes. Bigger supermarkets share means stronger trade marketing. These processes are connected to the majority of the described trends. At the same time, the federal brands inflation leads to searching for new tastes, sales channels and contact formats that expand the product range and diversify the beer market, but do not imply a substantial volume increase. Let us enumerate and further discuss the ten trends of the beer market we can see in 2015-2017 as well as the major event of 2017.
Beer market of Ukraine 2017In the first half of 2017, the Ukrainian beer market goes on decreasing slowly. Yet, the companies manage to compensate their lost volumes by raising prices and improving the sales structures. This results in the mid price market segment reduction while the sales of premium brands are rising. These processes are connected to position strengthening of companies Carlsberg Group and Oasis and the market share reduction of Obolon. Most of the novelties by the market leaders belong to craft or hard lemon categories.
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.
Only 7% of liquor consumed in India is in the beer category
Around 93% of liquor consumed in India is in the spirits category (up to 42.8% alcoholic content), while the consumption of beer (alcoholic content up to 9%) stood at only 7% leaving wine consumption with a statistically negligible figure of 0.1%, according to a survey by All India Brewers Association (AIBA).
Interestingly, the alcohol consumption pattern in developed countries is the other way round with beer and wine scoring higher than the spirits, reveals an AIBA white paper on the beer industry .
Industry experts believe low consumption of hard liquor to be a sign of better public health.
However, one of the reasons for low beer consumption is attributed to high taxation. Higher VAT, service tax es and excise duty leads to beer being priced as much as IMFL or at priced as much as IMFL or at times even more prompting people to go for spirits which give them stronger 'kick' than beer or wine.
Industry experts said in terms of number of cases (bottles totaling 9 liters of beer and not the pure alcoholic content in them) sold, the beer market looked competitive vis-a-vis spirits and country liquor, but this according to them must not be looked as the correct indicator from the perspective of social implication on public health.
Estimates from the NSSO survey show that at the national level, per capita per week consumption of toddy and country liquor was almost twice (1.9 times) the consumption of beer, foreign liquor and wine combined together.
"For Rs 100, a consumer can buy 180 ml of local whiskey, which works out to about Rs 1.3 per ml of alcohol. The same amount will buy a 650 ml bottle of strong beer, but because of the lower alcohol levels, consumers pay over twice as much per ml. Therefore, beer taxation is indiscriminate and does not depict value to the consumer forcing people to opt for hard liquor," AIBA paper said.
"Beer if taxed rationally , positioned more liberally , viewed more positively will wean people away from hard liquor. This will therefore do immense good to society at large if beer is delinked from hard liquor in terms of perception, taxation, availability and distribution," the paper added.
It is observed that an average Indian liquor consumer pays five to six times the manufacturing cost, making liquor prices in India significantly higher than 95 per cent of the countries in the world and more so in case of beer.
8 Feb. 2016