Dmitry Nekrasov’s Philosophy — on the Past, Present and Future of Ukrainian Brewing IndustryA meeting with Dmitry Nekrasov always turns into a training course: “Introduction to brewing business“. We are talking to a clever “playing trainer“ a person that can be called a godfather of the Ukrainian craft. He has a dozen of successful projects to his name. Dmitry told us about craft beer in Ukraine, on market cycles, on specifity of operating in retail and HoReCa, on union of Ukrainian brewers and certainly, how a brewery of his own, First Dnipro Brewery is doing.
The market of import beer in Russia: review and databasesThe market of import beer is rapidly growing and changing. But while in the past years it was growing due to brands variety, in 2019 major and affordable brands from TOP-10 were developing actively. It seems that the fact of a brand origin from far abroad counties, even if it is not well known but has moderate price and good distribution provides for million liters of sales in the territory of Russia. Among distributors AB InBev Efes was far behind, yet the role of Baltika and suppliers of the second row got more important. The boom of German brands was followed by stagnation of import from other traditional regions (and Belarus) instead the supplies from Mexico, Lithuania and Asian countries grew considerably.
Russia: Positions of Brewing CompaniesThe 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 brandsIn 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 2019During 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.
The trend of complication of Russian beer market is going on and in several directions at the same time. The range has got wider, the import and small segments are growing, namely craft beer, alcohol-free beer and special flavor beer. At the same time, all ex-mega brands and light lagers by Russian brewers are experiencing a decline of their shares. AB InBev Efes, Heineken, MBC and Pivzavod Trekhsosenskiy have exceeded the market, Carlsberg was developing slower than the market and Ochakovo as well as some other mid-sized breweries have been cutting down their volumes. To a big extent brewers’ performance was connected to their ability to reach agreement with networks, sacrifice their margin and enter new markets. Craft brewers are facing a serious danger of producers’ registration introduction – de facto licensing. ...
India. Heineken launch from UB stables likely to be delayed
According to alcohol beverage trade officials, UBL is understood to be gearing up to launch Heineken in India during early 2012 from the earlier scheduled launch of October 2011.
According to trade officials, this is due to the delay in the upgrade work which is going on at one of UB’s brewery in Mumbai, the sole brewery which will be used to brew Heineken beer to meet its global standards.
The decision to brew Heineken in India was taken after Heineken NV picked up a 37.5 per cent stake in India’s largest brewery company - UB, during late 2009. The management of UB had indicated that they may be able to launch Heineken during end of 2010, a date which was later deferred to mid or late 2011.
“There are lot of technical issues in brewing Heineken in India. An entire line to brew the beer is being imported and is being fine-tuned to retain its exclusive taste. Not only the line, even the barley to brew the beer in India is being imported from Europe,” senior officials at UB Group said.
However when contacted, UBL MD Kalyan Ganguly said that they are working towards a launch during October and do not see a delay. The brewery in Maharashtra is being upgraded with an investment of around Rs 30 crore.
In addition to this upgradation, UB is also putting up a greenfield brewery in Andhra Pradesh which will be built with capabilities to brew Heineken beer at a later date.
Even as UB is taking active steps to brew Heineken to India, the company has earlier introduced Heineken in selected markets of India thr-ough imports. Presently, the cost of Heineken is high (around Rs 150 for 330 ml) due to higher duties imposed on imported beer.
Domestic brewing will help to substantially reduce the price of this beer in the country, though it will be still at the premium end of the market. A 330 ml Kingfisher pint costs around Rs 60 at the premium end and Heineken, even after being brewed in India is expected to be upwards of Rs 90.
As per industry experts, this is also going to help Kingfisher in realising a revenue upside by selling this premium brand in the country.
Heineken, through the partnership with UB, is hoping to reach various metros in India to start off with riding on UB’s strong distribution network. In turn, UB is hoping that its brands will get a global stage through Heineken network in more than 60 countries.
UBL, which sold more than 105 million cases of beer in FY11, has around 50 per cent marketshare in India and has been facing tough competition from competitors like Sab Miller in its regular beer segment.
“The margins are also under pressure due to rise in commodity prices. The launch of Heineken in India will not only improve margin of UBL but also boost its efforts in premium beer segment,” an analyst said.
Meantime, the beer company, which aims to touch 200 million cases in the next three years period, is ramping up its manufacturing facility through acquisitions and setting up of greenfield breweries to meet the increasing demand for its products with an investment of around Rs 700 crore. It is planning to introduce greenfield breweries in Nanjangud of Karnataka along with one in Bihar.
It will also expand its existing capacity in Odisha, Kalyani (West Bengal), Aurangabad in Maharashtra (two units) and Hyderabad (three units) in the near future. With these planned capacities, UBL’s present capacity will go up to 16 million cases per month from 12.6 million cases in the current calender year. The company is also in talks with various state governments to cultivate barley for captive sourcing.
UBL has posted a 53 per cent rise in its net profit to Rs 40 crore in the fourth quarter of 201-11, as compared with Rs 26.1 crore in the same period last year. Net sales rose 46.5 per cent to Rs 839.5 crore during this period as compared with Rs 573.15 crore last year.
On an annual basis, the company registered a 73 per cent rise in net profit in 2010-11 to Rs 168 crore as compared with Rs 97 crore in 2009-10. Net sales rose 41 per cent to Rs 2,778.8 crore in 2010-11 against Rs 1,973.1 crore reported in 2009-10.
14 Июн. 2011