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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.

Carlsberg says to own 30 pct of new China venture

* Danish brewer forms joint venture to expand China business
* It will own 30 pct of new J/V with Chinese partners
* New company will operate 12 breweries in China (Adds details, quote, share price)

Danish brewer Carlsberg (CARLb.CO) said on Monday it would own 30 percent of a new joint venture to be formed by Carlsberg, its Chongqing Brewery unit and Chongqing Light Textile Holding to boost its China business.

Carlsberg became the biggest shareholder in Shanghai-listed Chongqing Brewery (CBC) in 2010 with a stake of nearly 30 percent and expressed interest in expanding the Chinese operations in cooperation with CBC's other main owner, Chongqing Light Textile Holding (CLT).

"CBC will own 51.42 percent of the joint venture, CLT 18.58 percent and the Carlsberg Group will own 30 percent," Carlsberg A/S said in a statement.

The venture, Chongqing Xinghui Investment Co., Ltd, will operate 12 breweries in China located in the provinces of Chongqing, Sichuan, Guangxi, Guizhou and Hunan, Carlsberg said.

CBC will contribute its ownership of five breweries, CLT will contribute seven breweries and the Carlsberg Group will make a cash contribution of about 160 million Danish crowns ($30.90 million).

"The transaction is conditional upon a number of steps and approvals by authorities and minority shareholders," Carlsberg, the world's fourth biggest brewer, said.

Shares in Carlsberg were little changed, up 0.1 percent at 1440 GMT on a slightly soft Copenhagen bourse .

(Reporting by John Acher)

($1=5.178 Danish crowns)

3 Авг. 2011

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