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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.

Russian beer: crying in their cups

For decades, Kremlin leaders have been trying to crack down on the consumption of vodka, and its illegal cousin moonshine, in a bid to cut alcoholism and revive life expectancy. Now president Dmitry Medvedev and the state duma are targeting Russia’s favourite ‘non-alcoholic beverage’: beer.

While beer has escaped authorities’ attention until now, a bill signed into law by Medvedev on Wednesday will curb beer sales between 11pm and 8am, and ban it at drinkers’ favourite points of purchase: kiosks, airports and train stations.

The new law will classify beer as alchohol for the first time and pertain to all beverages with an alchohol level above 0.5 per cent.

Though the law won’t take effect until 1 January 2013, it will mark a big change for Russia’s beer market. Currently, about a quarter of Russia’s beer sales take place at kiosks, transport hubs and petrol stations – the soon-to-be-banned points of sale.

The news is a big concern for Carlsberg, which relies on Russia as its biggest single market. Shares in the Danish brewer have fallen 8 per cent since the start of the month when it was announced that parliament was expected to pass the bill.

While the year-and-a-half delay until the law’s implementation will give brewers like Carlsberg and SAB Miller a grace period, it remains to be seen if consumers will be as happy to buy beers from shops as they were to buy them from kiosks, and how producers will make up the 10 per cent of beer sales that currently happen in the wee hours.

Kirill Bolmatov, director for the government relations of SABMiller Russia, told Reuters that he believed the ban would have a “short-lasting effect” before the market evolved to accommodate it.

“The volume sold through kiosks will be redistributed and sold in supermarkets, restaurants, bars and cafes.”

He added: “We understand how drinking beer in the streets irritates people, therefore we do not complain.”

The law marks a 12-year effort by the government to crack down on alcohol, with the strictest measures being enforced in Moscow. Since 1998, the sale of alcoholic beverages has been gradually banned at public spots, like markets and beaches, while last year, the government put a 10pm curfew on the sale of spirits.

The crackdown is not over yet with a planned bill to quadruple the fine for illegal alcohol sales.

But Muscovites can rest easy about one thing. While reports initially said that the 2013 law would pertain to Russians’ beloved kvas - a national soft drink made out of rye, yeast, beet sugar and stale bread, and containing 1.2 percent alcohol – government agencies have since assured consumers that the drink will enjoy exemption.

Good news for Coca Cola at least, which not long ago began producing its own kvas: Krushka & Bochka, which as its tagline notes, is enjoyed by tsars and peasants alike.

21 Июл. 2011

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