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.
Anheuser-Busch to pay US SEC $6 million to settle India bribery charges
Brewing company Anheuser-Busch has agreed to pay $6 million to settle charges that it violated US anti-bribery laws and also "chilled a whistleblower," the US Securities and Exchange Commission said on Wednesday.
An SEC investigation found that Anheuser-Busch InBev SA used third-party sales promoters to make improper payments to officials in India to boost sales and production, the SEC said.
The company also entered into an agreement with a departing employee prohibiting the person from continuing to communicate with the SEC about potential anti-bribery law violations, the agency said.
A spokeswoman for Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, which neither admitted nor denied the SEC's findings, could not be immediately reached for comment.
Anheuser-Busch had inadequate internal accounting controls to detect and prevent the improper payments, despite repeated complaints from employees, the SEC said. The company also failed to ensure that transactions involving the promoters were recorded properly in its books and records.
29 Sep. 2016