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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.

US. Anheuser-Busch is trying to trademark area codes across the country

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the multinational beer corporation everyone loves to hate, is trying to trademark area codes. Area codes!
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The history: A few months ago, A-B InBev bought Goose Island, the Chicago craft brewer that makes a popular beer called 312 Urban Wheat Ale, named for the Windy City's area code. Now A-B InBev is applying for federal trademarks of 15 other area codes, presumably so it can roll out faux-craft beers targeting other markets around the country.

The full list of area codes the beer behemoth wants to trademark even includes 202, which covers the White House and the Capitol. For now -- lucky us? -- the company isn't seeking any area codes in New England.

What's your opinion? Should A-B InBev be allowed to trademark area codes? Would you be interested in drinking a pint of 617 Captured Whitey Ale or 508 Worcester Late Train Porter? Post your thoughts in the comments section.

12 Июл. 2011

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