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.
India. Molson Coors India unveils ‘Thunderbolt’ in new premium packaging
Designed to uphold the macho imagery of the brand, the new look of the bottle and the new typography Thunderbolt in bold and upper case stands for confident, fresh and strong, embodying the brand image.
Targeted at the savvy, go-getter and avid adventurers, the newly designed pack is available across Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh from June 2016.
This redesign will include a new look bottle, a change in visual identity and a new logo. The new look will have thunderbolt labels on the body and neck of the bottle in mono-color (blue) with white typography that will be visually appealing when the bottles are lined up.
"Packaging is a valuable visual identity which connects to the consumer, and the heart of the repackaging strategy was to create a stronger connect with our consumers. We decided to create a look which was more effective on the shelf, appealing to our consumers and gave us competitive advantage," said President of Molson Coors in India, Ashish Kapoor.
"The new packaging is an embodiment of our brand and how we plan to connect it to our consumer. Packaging is about the look and feel of the brand, it's about bringing an experience to our customers. Thunderbolt is about being fresh, confident and strong and the new bottle and labeling is about this," added Ashish Kapoor.
The look of the bottle was conceptualized and designed by Molson Coors Cobra India, the technical feasibility and testing was done by American Glass Research (AGR). The bottle matches Thunderbolt's one-of-a-kind bold taste, and has proprietary design which is uniquely recognizable in the marketplace, while remaining easy to produce.
Produced in emerald green glass, the new Thunderbolt bottle features an instantly iconic debussed, shield-shaped label panel adorned with the familiar Thunderbolt silver and blue logo. The angular and aggressive shoulder construction displays an embossed lettering wrap that spells out the Thunderbolt brand name including a lightning emblem within the letter 'O'. Two additional embossed lightning emblems bracket the back label panel, just above the lower sidewall pinch, which transitions into a prominent heel construction. A new ring-pull cap gives the bottle a modern and premium twist in both look and function.
"We have received rave reviews from both customers and consumers about the new Thunderbolt bottle, which we believe reinforces the brand's identity of always staying original," said Ashish Kapoor.
Dr. Wenke Hu and Brad Salitrik of AGR created the bottle using the concept design provided by Molson Coors. Using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) techniques, the AGR team was able to evaluate the bottle's ability to acceptably with stand the expected loading conditions (internal pressure, impact and vertical load) and to verify that the bottle would perform as desired once it was manufactured.
India is largely a strong beer market and Thunderbolt has seen an unprecedented success by retaining its position as one of the leading players in the North. Post the acquisition of Mount Shivalik Breweries Ltd (MSBL) in April 2015, Molson Coors has made a substantial investment toward upgrading the existing facilities to international standard and expanding Thunderbolt's presence in the northern markets. As a result, the brand has been able to deliver international quality output while maintaining consistency.
The new Thunderbolt pack (650ml glass bottle) is available across Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh.
28 Jun. 2016