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Russia: Positions of Brewing Companies

The review contains an analysis of interim performance of brewers in the first half of 2019. There are rather dynamic changes behind a modest industry growth. Baltika is again experiencing a stage of volumes and market share slid due to competition with AB InBev Efes. Because of the price competition and presence expansion in the modern trade company #2. has come close to the leading position. At the same time sales of Heineken Russia have continued growing which makes the premium part of the portfolio heavier. The market premiumization trend had been also confirmed by import brands. MBC and Zavod Trekhsosenskiy have been the most successful among federal market players. The market share of independent regional brewers and Ochakovo have continued falling as they are being squeezed out by the market leaders at their competitive fields.

Ukrainian beer market 2019: companies and brands

In 2019 beer production and market have been still fluctuating about zero point. However, the past season was successful for brewers judging by the sales profitability. The price mix has improved due to rapid general market premiumization, as well as its particular aspect, the growth of import beer sales. By the season end AB InBev Efes improved its positions considerably. It turned out that consumers had not forgot Efes brands that had to leave the market, but started to recover rapidly. Against the stagnating market that meant sales decline of other companies, in the first place Carlsberg Group that most of all beneficiated from Efes exiting the market. PPB turned out to be stable to branding activity of its competitor and Obolon kept the same volumes and at the moment it is the absolute leader of the economy segment. The share growth of independent producers took place thanks to leading craft breweries, that so far do not have a big market weight, but they are rapidly gaining it.

Brewing industry in Kazakhstan 2019

During the first half of 2019, the majority of Kazakh brewers made their contribution into positive dynamics. Yet it was companies of the lower division, not the two transnational leaders that raised their production and sales. The shares of draft beer and aluminum can which is rapidly squeezing glass bottle out of the market, have been growing. The price segmentation has remained stable despite the substantial rise of retail prices and fluctuations of brand market shares, while the borders between segments have become blurred. The main events in the industry have been: the announced revision of the beer excise policy, launch of BeerKhan brand in the strong beer segment, and most important – purchasing assets of Shymkentbeer by Arasan.

Foster’s Says It Is Aware of Buyout Talk

Australian brewing giant Foster's Group Ltd. said Friday it had nothing to disclose in regard to a potential buyout of the brewer after media reports indicated bidders were beginning to circle.

Foster's shares were up 5.1% earlier in the trading session, prompting the Australian Stock Exchange to inquire about the stock's rising price. The group noted the media speculation about a potential bid but said it didn't have anything to disclose to the market.

Foster's beer business has long been considered a potential takeover target amid global consolidation in the brewing industry. The company's shares lost some momentum in late trading, and were recently up 3.5% at A$4.43 after trading as high as A$4.62.

Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo SAB de CV and North American rival Molson Coors Brewing Co. have been exploring a possible joint bid for Foster's, Bloomberg News reported Thursday, citing five people with knowledge of the situation. A takeover could face challenges if brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, which owns 50% of Modelo, seeks to block a deal, the people told Bloomberg.

At the current share price, Foster's has a market capitalization of A$8.67 billion ($9.11 billion).

Foster's announced it would officially demerge its wine and beer assets in February, a move that was long suspected. The company's wine assets have been a drag on the bottom line in recent year. The operations have been plagued by write-downs owing to an oversupply of grapes and wines from Australia in the global marketplace, the financial crisis and a strong Australian dollar, making it difficult for Foster's to grow sales of its premium wines in key markets like the U.S.

Sales of beer in Australia have come under pressure in recent years as specialist boutique and low-carbohydrate beers have grown in popularity. In Foster's most recent financial results, the Carlton and United Breweries beer volumes for Australia declined 5.8%. Management said its beer division was hurt by a "significant decline" in beer-market volume in Australia.

Foster's beer brands include VB, Carlton Draught and low-carb beer Pure Blonde.

4 Июн. 2011



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