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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.

Asahi Group Holdings 1st Half Net Profit Up 4.7% On Lower Costs

Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. (2502.TO) said Tuesday that its net profit for the interim period ended June 30 grew 4.7% from the previous year, in part due to lower expenses.

The nation's biggest brewer in terms of market share said its net profit came to Y16.27 billion during the just-ended six-month period, compared with the year-earlier profit of Y15.54 billion.

Sales declined 2.4% to Y651.66 billion from Y667.41 billion a year earlier, while operating profit jumped 48% on year to Y36.44 billion.

Japan's beer industry is under pressure as the nation's shrinking population and weak economy continue to pull down domestic demand. A shift in consumer appetite to other drinks is also hurting beer sales. Industry-wide shipments ebbed 3.5% to 200.32 million cases in the first half.

For the full business year ending Dec. 31, the company kept intact its group net profit outlook at Y57 billion on operating profit of Y107 billion. Sales are now pegged a Y1.459 trillion, compared with Y1.490 trillion in its outlook in April.

The earnings are based on Japanese accounting methods.

Separately, the company said it will sell its Chinese units through Asahi Breweries Itochu Holdings to China Resources Snow Breweries Investments Ltd. for about 300 million yuan at the end of September.

Asahi said it expects to book an extraordinary gain of Y2 billion from the sale in the current fiscal year.

3 Авг. 2011



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