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.
Magners set for China as C&C eyes Africa and Asia growth
The company, which on Wednesday reported a fall of 10 per cent in operating profits in the year through February, is eyeing further growth in its international division, where sales rose last year by more than 12 per cent.
C&C continues to face challenges in its main markets of Ireland and Britain due to increased competition, and poor weather hitting cider sales. Net cider sales in Ireland fell 16 per cent in the year, partially due to the entry of Heineken’s Orchard Thieves brand into the market.
The company is setting its sights on major growth in Asia. C&C will announce in coming weeks it has signed a distribution deal with Vandergeeten, which has offices and Beijing and Shanghai. Vandergeeten has previously acted as Chinese distributor for western food and drinks companies such as Inbev.
The deal with C&C covers Magners and Tennents. C&C has also signed distribution deals in India and Thailand.
Stephen Glancey, chief executive of C&C, said the drinks industry mega-merger between SAB Miller and AB Inbev was opening up opportunities for companies such as C&C, as the merged entity sheds some distributors.
C&C told investors yesterday it would see an improvement in earnings in the coming year, after sales fell 3 per cent to €662 million and the fall in profits, which had been well flagged.
New drink driving regulations in Scotland affected the business, while increased competition in Ireland and also in the US also presented challenges. The company cheered investors, however, by hiking its final dividend more than expected to 13.65 cents.
Mr Glancey said it would continue a progressive dividend policy as it looks to attract new investors to the group, especially those looking for yield.
Mr Glancey said that despite the challenges in the Irish market, it would continue to invest in pushing Bulmers in pubs. Mr Glancey said the brand’s sales in the Irish market are about six times that of Orchard Thieves.
In the US, it has signed a deal to hand over sales and distribution to Pabst.
The agreement will come fully into force in May. C&C remains on the lookout for bolt-on acquisitions in its home markets. Further afield, it has hired a new head of Africa, and is targeting growth across the region.
12 May. 2016