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.
China Resources Beer gains SABMiller stake in China Snow at bargain price
The deal which gives China Resources Beer (Holdings) Co Ltd full control of Snow, the world's No. 1-selling beer by volume, is part of a series of divestments taking place to gain regulatory approval for Anheuser-Busch InBev $100 billion-plus takeover of rival SABMiller.
The sale of the 49 percent stake may help the group gain regulatory approval from Beijing.
Jeremy Yeo, an analyst at Mizuho Securities Asia said the price tag was significantly below the $3 billion to $3.5 billion he had expected.
"This news, in itself is positive for CR Beer's shareholders, from the standpoint of better-than-expected potential near-term EPS accretion," he wrote in a note to clients.
The Snow deal, which would make China Resources the largest brewer in the country with a 30 percent market share, is contingent on the AB InBev-SAB Miller deal going ahead. It is set to be settled in cash using a combination of funding options including debt and/or equity financing, China Resources Beer said in a statement.
Shares in China Resources Beer jumped 25 percent to their highest level in five years, regaining ground lost so far this year after the stock was dropped from the main constituents in the Hang Seng Index following a regular review by the index compiler.
Steven Leung, a sales director at UOB Kay Hian in Hong Kong, said the deal came earlier than the market had expected.
"The deal will definitely bring in some positive impact to the company, both in enhancing its market share and prospects in the local beer industry," Leung said.
China Resources accounted for 23.3 percent of the beer market in China in 2014, while Tsingtao Brewery ranked second at 18.4 percent, according to data from Euromonitor.
China Resources Beer changed its name from China Resources Enterprise after it announced a plan last April to sell all its non-beer assets to controlling shareholder China Resources (Holdings) Co for $3.6 billion.
China Resources Snow Breweries had a net asset value of HK$27.2 billion ($3.5 billion) at the end of last year, the statement said. Its net profit fell 21 percent to HK$1.51 billion in 2014 from a year earlier.
2 Mar. 2016