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 outlets selling liquor during non-working hours
The federation sought the administration's intervention to ensure that the outlets are kept closed in non-working hours. It also sought action against Tasmac employees found flouting the rules.
According to the petition, though the Tamil Nadu government has put a rule that Tasmac outlets should function only between 12pm and 10pm, they actually function 24 hours.
"Though the government officials pull down the front shutter and seal it after 10pm, the employees sell liquor through the back door of the shop," said AIYF member and advocate G P Sakthivel.
"Almost every Tasmac that has a back door sells liquor throughout the day," he said. "Since they sell liquor against the rules, they also take small commission for the liquor sold during prohibited hours," he said.
"Many daily wage labourers and coolies start lining up behind Tasmac outlets from 6am to 8pm, instead of going to work. They spend money instead of earning," said Sakthivel.
"As a result, the family starves or loses access to healthcare or education," he said. The AIYF recommended strong action against Tasmac employees who indulge in sales during prohibited hours and government officers who have not taken action despite knowledge of the operation.
The petition also said that many senior citizens have not received old-age pension as they do not have Aadhar cards.
"According to government rules, you do not get old-age assistance pension (OAP) without an Aadhar card and bank account, so many people without Aadhar cards have stopped receiving OAP," the petition said.
16 Nov. 2016