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.
Hong Kong. Tis the saison: Pasteur Street’s summery HK launch
The American-style beer brewed in Ho Chi Minh using imported malt and hops and local herbs, includes the Silk Road Jasmine IPA, Spice Island Saison, Passionfruit Wheat Ale and Toasted Coconut Porter and is now available for the first time in Hong Kong via Red Mill.
Following the trade tasting yesterday at The Ale Project (TAP) in Mong Kok, the beers will officially launch to the public from 4-5 August at the Bottle Shop Central in Bridges Street.
Pasteur Street is already available in Singapore and Shanghai and it is hoped it will be similarly successful in Hong Kong; a market that has grown to love craft beer and has in fact, proudly produced its own brands.
Pasteur Street’s brand ambassador, Mischa Smith said:
“Our team at Pasteur Street Brewing Company is very proud to be launching our beers in Hong Kong next week. After incursions into Singapore and Shanghai, this opportunity to share our beers with a new international market is both extremely exciting and rewarding for us.
“The growth that we have seen in just under two years of brewing is a testament to the hard work and talent of our brewers and also to the growing thirst for proper craft beer in the southeast Asian market”.
Hong Kong’s upcoming Beertopia festival will also be the chance for Pasteur Street to stand alongside local and imported brands and see how it fares.
Red Mill’s general manager, Ali Nicol said:
“Pasteur Street beers are hand crafted in Ho Chi Minh City and come with a great reputation and we thrilled to make them the latest addition to our ever-increasing portfolio.“
1 Aug. 2016