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.
India. Tasmac beer sales get summer, election kick
For tipplers here, though, the heat and elections combined together are a prescription for beer. That is why after two years, beer sales at The Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Limited have gone up by 20 per cent.
“Outlets which sold 50 bottles in February are now selling more than 100 bottles per day,” said one of the union members who wished anonymity. Exact figures could not be ascertained from Tasmac officials owing to the Model Code of Conduct being in force, but Tasmac union members confirmed that the graph is trending upward in the last 40 days, roughly coinciding with the onset of summer, and electioneering.
Of course, there are other reasons too, industry observers say. A SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threat) analysis that Tasmac undertook a few months ago helped it strengthen its infrastructure and it is now reaping the fruits. Beer sales dropped last in 2014 (10 per cent) and 2015 (20 per cent).
The reason: liquor prices were hiked. In March 2015, 20.85 lakh cases were sold compared to 25.39 lakh cases previous year. April witnessed sale of 21.71 lakh cases in 2015 against 27.60 lakh in 2014.
There were other concerns too — one, beer needs to be served chill and Tasmac outlets had poor infrastructure. Secondly, not all brands are available in Tamil Nadu.
Tasmac, the cash cow of the State, has more than 6,000 outlets across the State where more than 70 lakh people consume liquor. Of this, more than 2,300 outlets sell beer. And yes, parties and their leaders continue to talk of prohibition.
27 Apr. 2016