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.
Heineken aims to be market leader in Myanmar by 2020
"We are the last brewery to come to the market. Currently, we are No 5 in the market. We hope to move up one position every year. Next year, we want to be No 4. After that, No 3, No 2, and eventually we aim to be No 1 in the market," said Lester Tan, managing director of APB Alliance Brewery, the producer and distributor of Heineken in Myanmar.
Sales of the Dutch beer started six months ago. It is competing fiercely against local and foreign brands like Myanmar, Dagon, Mandalay, and Tuborg, a product of Carlsberg, which has gained more popularity despite controversies. Before Carlsberg started production in May 2015, the market had been dominated by local brewers.
Tan said that Myanmar showed huge market potential thanks to its fast urbanisation, population growth, economic expansion and increasing middle class. He believed that Myanmar would follow Vietnam, which has become one of the top three biggest markets of Heineken International in Asia Pacific in less than 10 years.
"Myanmar will be of growing importance to our global company too - and might become our next star country," he said, adding that Myanmar's per capita beer consumption is only three litres - much lower than its neighbour Thailand.
"This leads to a lot of room for growth for all players in the market. The whole beer market is growing so fast. Though we only started selling about six months ago, we were slightly above our plan. So we are happy with our business performance. The future is very, very good," he said.
Tan sees the possibility of increasing investment soon due to overwhelming demand. The success story convinced him that the company - with marketing strength and strong relations with business partners - should not worry about the "Myanmar" beer and other domestic brands.
Heineken has invested US$60 million (Bt2 billion) in a beer factory in Yangon, which started operations last July with annual capacity of 245,000 hectolitres. It produces four brands - Heineken, Regal Seven, Tiger, ABC Extra Stout. As of February 28, the company employed 245 people including 56 female staff. Only 9 are expats.
This year, Myanmar is included in the UEFA Champion League trophy tour for the first time. The trophy tour will be in Yangon from March 20-26, accompanied by former Arsenal star Fredrik Ljungberg.
"Football is the most popular sport in Myanmar. Whether it is in the streets or the stadiums, and at teashops and sports bars, fans go all out to watch a match and support their favourite teams. We can't wait to champion the trophy," said Ko Ko Thein, deputy administrative director of Myanmar Football Federation, at the ceremony where the tour schedule was announced.
21 Mar. 2016