Global hop marketA local alternative to mass beer suggested by independent brewers has been successful and is now altering the global market. Beer is becoming more diversified, so transnational companies have to accept the new game rules and to switch focus to young and fast growing markets. All these processes increased the demand for aroma and bitter hop as well as their acreage expansion on two continents. However now there appeared a downward trend of alcohol consumption in the world, so even special sorts can soon turn to be sufficient. In this connection the dynamic American hop market is already facing some problems. EU hop producers have become more cautious, they are not racing to exceed the demand and look forward with more confidence, judging by the contract terms.
Hop Market in RussiaGermany still dominates the Russian market, yet over the recent two years one has been able observe a continuous success of Czech hop suppliers. Their expansion and growing popularity of hops from the United States became the drivers of supplies growth in 2016 despite the preceding modest harvest crop in the EU, as well as the factor of relative stability in 2017. In this connection, in 2017, the ratio of the varieties continued to shift towards the aroma ones, and the supplies of Magnum hop and other alpha varieties were reduced. However, the import of bitter hop pellets is partially replaced by extracts, especially from the major beer manufacturers. Total volumes of alpha acid supplies, according to our estimation, decreased by approximately 5% and returned to the level of 2015. Barth Haas Group continues dominating the hop products market; HVG also increased its weight. At the same time, Morris Hanbury significantly reduced the supplies in 2017.
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.
India. Brewers association pitches for more outlets, relaxed taxation to Karnataka government
“We can really expand the market and grow to 40 million cases easily, if more beer and wine outlets are opened,” said Shobhan Roy, director general of All India Brewers Association (AIBA). As part of its recommendations to the state excise department made earlier this week, AIBA has asked for opening 2,500 more beer and wine shops in the state.
Karnataka currently has 3,900 liquor shops selling 30 million cases of beer every year. Southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka account for almost half of all beer consumed in the country.
The move comes two months after chief minister Siddaramaiah said that the state is considering issuing more licensees after a gap of over two decades.
“The government has not issued any fresh licence for liquor stores for several years. The population has grown in the last two decades and there is demand to issue fresh liquor licenses. We will consider issuing the license in the coming days,” Siddaramaiah said in December.
AIBA has asked for exclusive beer and wine shops to sell alcoholic beverages with lower alcohol content.
Beer makers in India, which is a large whiskey and rum market, have lobbied for years to exclude beer from the high taxation structure on Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) despite the drink’s lower alcohol content.
To be sure, state governments levy hefty taxes on liquor, specially those with higher alcohol content, as a means to curb consumption of alcoholic beverages in the country. Beer has alcohol content in the range of 5-8%, while IMFL has alcohol content around 42.5%. Beer accounts for less than 8% of all alcoholic beverages consumed in the country, with 270 million cases of beer sold annually.
AIBA has also argued against levying hefty tax on bottled beer in the state saying tax on IMFL is lower than tax on beer.
“Rate of taxation on spirits is much more in other states... we are telling state government (in Karnataka) to not allow beer to subsidize spirits tax,” he added.
In 2015, beer sales fetched the sate government a total of Rs.1,570.64 crore in excise revenue.
25 Feb. 2016