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. Role reversal for Minister
For Natham R Viswanathan, Minister for Power, Prohibition and Excise R Viswanathan, who has vociferously defended the State Government’s liquor policy, it was a role reversal of sorts on Saturday in Dindigul when he flagged off an anti-liquor awareness rally.
Just a fortnight ago, Mr. Viswanathan had rejected the demand of opposition parties in the Assembly to introduce prohibition and argued that if liquor sale was banned, Rs. 15,000 crore of revenue would reach the hands of anti-social elements.
While his Ministry has been annually reeling out statistics on how TASMAC revenue had improved, he was happily in the midst of anti-liquor campaigners. Quite curiously, the campaign was sponsored by the TASMAC and the participants raised slogans on the ill-effects of alcohol. Onlookers pointed out that recently law college student Nandhini, who was arrested for fasting demanding prohibition, had fervently appealed to the government to at least create awareness among the people on the dangers of drinking.
The DMK appears to be using multiple emissaries to convince the DMDK, led by actor Vijayakant, to join its front for the Assembly elections. A direct invitation from DMK leader M Karunanidhi apart, sources state that a very prominent businessman from Tamil Nadu who is considered close to the DMK leadership and has a passion for cricket, also tried to convince Mr. Vijayakant to decide in favour of an alliance. To the surprise of many, this businessman met the Leader of the Opposition last week at the DMDK’s headquarters in Chennai and the party chose not to publicise it.
The visit of the Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi and the two Election Commissioners to Puducherry recently was not without its share of controversy. The top poll officials drew criticism from a section of politicians for conducting its consultative meetings at a private beach resort far away from the city. Mr Zaidi pulled up officials for allowing a batter of mediapersons in the lobby of the resort.
Though it is customary practice to allow photographers and videographers to cover the initial moments of the meeting, the Commission held its first meeting with the Puducherry Chief Electoral Officer V.Candavelou and DIG K.Jagadesan late in the evening after the police had cleared out the journalists. The CPI (M) Puducherry unit secretary R Rajangam and State Committee member V Perumal made public their resentment over the Election Commission’s choice of venue. “When there are so many Government guest houses and conference halls in the town, they chose to stay at the resort,” commented Rajangam. Nonetheless, there is no hard and fast rule as to where the Election Commission officials must conduct their meetings.
The State government has been time and again writing to the Central government on various issues and seeking funds for implementing certain schemes. However, it appears that not all the funds that are sanctioned are utilised optimally. Tamil Nadu, the largest beneficiary of the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) of the Union Ministry of Water Resources funded by the World Bank, is reportedly “holding down the overall DRIP progress.” At a recent meeting to review the progress of DRIP in Delhi, the Secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources observed that the implementing agencies of Tamil Nadu “need to improve their performance.” Of the 225 dams located across seven States, 107 dams are in Tamil Nadu. Also, of the total Rs. 2,100 crore budget for the project, over Rs. 745 crore has been earmarked for dams in the State. Tamil Nadu Water Resources Department and Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO) are the implementing agencies under the State government for this project.
15 Feb. 2016