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.
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.
India. TASMAC staff under pressure to meet sales targets: Unions
Members of the TASMAC workers’ union, who are aware of this instruction, said they would be submitting a letter on the issue to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, stating that this was an ‘unfair practice’.
N. Periyaswamy, President, Tamil Nadu AITUC Tasmac Employee’s Union, said, “The AIADMK government had announced that liquor shops will be closed down in a phased manner. It was a welcome move but now officials at TASMAC are comparing month on month sales and are pushing employees to increase sales and meet targets.”
He said, “We have received news from employees in Chennai and neighbouring districts that they have received instructions to increase sales. If they were really concerned about closing down shops they would not be putting pressures on managers to increase sales. By doing this the whole idea of shutting down shops is defeated,” he said.
Some of the outlets in Chennai said they had received instructions that they should meet the monthly sales target else action would be taken.
“It was an oral communication and nothing was given in writing,” said a TASMAC employee from an outlets in Chennai.
However, officials denied these instructions. A senior TASMAC official, who requested anonymity, said, “This is baseless. There are no such targets. TASMAC has never fixed targets since inception,” he said.
Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC), a cash cow in June announced the closure of 500 outlets across the State. It also reduced the operating hours of the existing outlets from 12 to 10 hours. On an average, TASMAC sells liquor worth Rs 67- 70 crore every day through its more than 6,000 outlets across the State.
3 Aug. 2016