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.
Vietnamese breweries fear foreign groups will swallow domestic market
Le Hong Xanh, deputy general director of Sabeco, the largest Vietnamese brewery, told Sabeco’s shareholders at a meeting that the company’s market share in 2015 increased by two percent compared to 2014, to 43 percent.
However, Xanh also said Sabeco would have to face challenges ahead as more and more foreign brewery groups have come to Vietnam to scramble for the pieces of the lucrative market.
Xanh and other Vietnamese breweries have every reason to worry about the presence of foreign brewers in Vietnam. Frans Eusman, President of Heineken Asia Pacific, told the local press that Heineken has been pouring money into Vietnam because the country is the second most profitable market for the brewery, after Mexico.
Not only Heineken, a series of other big breweries in the world consider Vietnam a fertile land to exploit. Thai manufacturers are believed to begin implementing a plan to penetrate the Vietnamese market that began five years ago.
|Not only Heineken, a series of other big breweries in the world consider Vietnam a fertile land to exploit. Thai manufacturers are believed to begin implementing a plan to penetrate the Vietnamese market that began five years ago.|
Soon after Sabeco and the Ministry of Industry and Trade submitted to the government the plan to sell a 53 percent stake and reduce the state’s ownership ratio from 90 percent to 36 percent, ThaiBev, Thailand's largest brewery, expressed its willingness to buy 40 percent of Sabeco’s stake.
Analysts commented that if ThaiBev can acquire Sabeco, the company with the largest market share, it would be able to control the Vietnamese market.
“If Thailand can acquire Sabeco’s stakes, they will surely control not only the brewery’s output, but the market share as well,” said Nguyen Van Viet, chair of the Vietnam Beverage Association (VBA).
Other foreign groups, namely Ashahi from Japan, Heineken from the Netherlands and SAB Miller from the US also showed interest in Sabeco’s stakes.
Mikio Masawaki, general director of Sapporo Vietnam, said that they world’s breweries had chosen to expand their business because the market showed a high and stable growth rate.
A VBA report showed that in 2015, Vietnam consumed 3.4 billion liters of beer, an increase of 10 percent over the year before and 41 percent over 2010.
Vo Thanh Ha, general director of Sabeco, said there were some changes in Vietnamese taste with more high-end products consumed. This will be both an opportunity and challenge for domestic breweries because they still don’t have high-end products.
Meanwhile, foreign breweries want to conquer the market segment. Beer imports from Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, Japan and Mexico all have been available in Vietnam, while products with Shingha and Ashahi brands from Thailand can be found easily everywhere.
19 Jul. 2016