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.
Budweiser India assigns PR mandate to GolinOpinion
Budweiser, the global beer brand from Anheuser-Busch InBev, has appointed GolinOpinion to handle its India PR mandate. GolinOpinion is the PR division of the MullenLowe Lintas Group and is a joint venture with Golin. It is India’s premier communications consultancy servicing clients across segments such as consumer, travel and hospitality, financial services, infrastructure and real estate, media and entertainment and more.
The mandate for GolinOpinion is to build a strategic communication framework for Budweiser in India by establishing the brand’s core values that define it globally. GolinOpinion will also be responsible for leveraging Budweiser’s brand positioning as the leader in creating authentic experiences for their consumers; whether being through shaping music culture in the country or by simply elevating their beer experience on-site. This will be done with an integrated approach using GolinOpinion’s brand relevance process across both on and offline platforms.
Kartikeya Sharma, Marketing Director, AB InBev, India & South East Asia, said, “We are glad to associate with GolinOpinion as our PR partner. Their strong portfolio of brands, experience in this vertical and thorough understanding of our brand and our market requirements gave us the confidence to award them this mandate. Budweiser is recognised as the leading beer brand in the world and is known for elevating the consumer’s experience that goes beyond just the product. GolinOpinion came to us with a PR strategy that showed depth of strategic thought and creativity that was completely in sync with our goals for the brand in India.”
Ameer Ismail, Executive Director, GolinOpinion & dCell, MullenLowe Lintas Group said, “Budweiser is one of the most iconic beer brands in the world and we are delighted to partner with them. The management team has a very clear vision for the brand in India and we presented them with a distinctive PR approach, which will support help the brand consolidate leadership in the category.”
In India, GolinOpinion works using a g4 model, which is one of the most innovative steps in the PR and communications industry today. This model has four integrated communities of experts that deliver the deepest insights, boldest ideas, broadest consumer engagement and real-time relevance for clients instead of the traditional PR servicing managers who are more generalist in their approach. Additionally, The Bridge is a service offering from GolinOpinion that helps brands incorporate real time insights into their communication mix and create 24×7 meaningful engagement with their stakeholders.
30 Sep. 2016