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.
Analysis of beer market in China
China’s transition to a “new normal” reality backfired on the brewing industry unexpectedly. Stagnation and subsequent market decline resulted from dynamic social and economic changes. There has emerged a “two speed” market where the medium class significance is growing, yet the share of main beer consumers, “blue collar” is decreasing. Also the inflow of consumers is shrinking, as demographics stopped being a growth driver. Finally, beer is giving way to other alcohol drinks....
China. Import beer market saw great changes
At supermarkets one can find dozens of expensive, well-known import brands. Beijing Youth Daily writes that the price for a 0.3 l beer can varies from 6 to 28.9 yuan and a half-a-liter bottle usually costs 10-20 yuan. For example, in Beijing Century Lianhua Supermarket located beyond East Third Ring Road, the price for German beer Kostritzer is 18 yuan for 500 ml and Belgian Hoegaarden costs 8.25 yuan for 300 ml. Import beer is as a rule 30%, more expensive than Chinese premium and in some cases twice the price of a 300 ml can. For example, the same volume of Tsingdao costs 4.2 yaun. Besides, one can find barrels of 5 l on the shelves.
Yet, consumers do not consider such prices unreasonable. Just several years ago, the main sales channel for imported beer in Beijing was “the night market”: clubs, bars, and restaurants. But now the situation has changed, as import beer brands are easy to find in the retail. The steady growth of import was stimulated by free trade zone, zero rates and other reasons. Starting from 2012, the net sales growth of import beer reached 737.2% against the decline of production by Chinese producers over the previous years.
China imported 100.39 million litres of beer for the period from January to March 2016. This year the growth in the first quarter was 34.2% versus 74.7% of last year.
In experts’ view the domestic beer branch can still undergo adaptation period due to the influence of AB InBev and other foreign giants, import beer and craft beer. The domestic beer companies are actively changing their business strategies at the moment.
18 May. 2016