Global hop marketA local alternative to mass beer suggested by independent brewers has been successful and is now altering the global market. Beer is becoming more diversified, so transnational companies have to accept the new game rules and to switch focus to young and fast growing markets. All these processes increased the demand for aroma and bitter hop as well as their acreage expansion on two continents. However now there appeared a downward trend of alcohol consumption in the world, so even special sorts can soon turn to be sufficient. In this connection the dynamic American hop market is already facing some problems. EU hop producers have become more cautious, they are not racing to exceed the demand and look forward with more confidence, judging by the contract terms.
Hop Market in RussiaGermany still dominates the Russian market, yet over the recent two years one has been able observe a continuous success of Czech hop suppliers. Their expansion and growing popularity of hops from the United States became the drivers of supplies growth in 2016 despite the preceding modest harvest crop in the EU, as well as the factor of relative stability in 2017. In this connection, in 2017, the ratio of the varieties continued to shift towards the aroma ones, and the supplies of Magnum hop and other alpha varieties were reduced. However, the import of bitter hop pellets is partially replaced by extracts, especially from the major beer manufacturers. Total volumes of alpha acid supplies, according to our estimation, decreased by approximately 5% and returned to the level of 2015. Barth Haas Group continues dominating the hop products market; HVG also increased its weight. At the same time, Morris Hanbury significantly reduced the supplies in 2017.
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.
China. Beer company Broo raise $10.5 million in share offer
The move is part of broader strategy to target the biggest beer market in the world, China.
"We are very happy to say the least," said Kent Grogan, founder and CEO of Broo Ltd.
Grogan described the company's plan to expand into China and the reliability of the kangaroo logo on Broo's "premium but mainstream" products.
"We have partnered with Jinxing in China, the largest and last independently operated beer company. Next year they will be able to produce one billion cases of beer and given that it's all about supply in the beer industry, we've now signed a deal that gives us virtually limitless supply."
Grogan said that while beer companies such as Fosters have tried to enter the Chinese market previously, they have failed because they attempted to act on their own.
"Some companies have torn up a lot of money over there. We've got impeccable partners, as well as the kangaroo which is the second most recognisable symbol in the world after the Statue of Liberty," Grogan claimed.
Employing around 100 staff in Australia, Broo's local production is outsourced.
"Australia's beer market is very small compared to China's but it's lucrative. Our fastest and loudest revenue stream will be China initially but we will grow Australian offerings too," he said.
Grogan said he is keen for Broo to take on the Lion/SABMiller duopoly, especially as beer consumption is back on the rise.
"We would be the only Australian-owned brand in that space, so there is a great deal of opportunity there," he said.
Broo issued 52,500,000 ordinary shares at $0.20 cents per share to achieve market cap of $121.6 million.
Beer may be a popular beverage, especially among young men, but for investors, its been a mixed bag over the years with Empire Beer failing to gain traction with a pub-beer concept.
After raising $6.4 million, it eventually moved on to try its hand at other ventures, while Gage Road continues to try to get traction.
It recently went to shareholders cap in hand to raise $10 million, using some of the cash to buy back the stake sold earlier to Woolworths and it intends using the rest to try to push into east coast markets.
The big recent success was Little World Beverages, which made the Little Creatures beers, which Lion Nathan (now part of Japan's Kirin) bought a few years back for $360 million.
Earlier, the listed J. Boag and Son eventually saw control go offshore, and is now also part of Kirin.
Broo launched its first product, Broo Premium Lager in 2009. A subsidiary, Australia Draught Pty Ltd, launched the Australia Draught Beer brand in 2014.
Two more brands, Kakadu beer and H-Broo-O water are forthcoming according to the company's prospectus.
The document also showed the company had sustained losses during the last three financial years.
"Significant losses which related to the overhead, administrative and financing costs commonly incurred from the early operation of a recently-established business and during the continued development and expansion of the business, and had not achieved profitability on an annual or half-yearly basis," the prospectus said.
Grogan said the IPO now allows them to shift that.
"We've put close to five years in China to develop these relationships, and we've spent the same time in Australia running pilot programs studying where our brand sits. Now it's really about activation."
13 Oct. 2016