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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.

China. Barley cost crimps Tsingtao Brewery profit growth

* H1 net profit rises 22 pct, vs 30 pct in H1 2010
* Price of barley has risen more than a third this year

Tsingtao Brewery , China's second-largest brewer by volume, posted slower profit growth in the first half of 2011 as soaring barley prices hit margins.

Tsingtao, of which Japan's Asahi Breweries Ltd holds some 19 percent, said net profit rose 22 percent to 989.9 million yuan ($155 million) in the six months ended June, from 813 million a year ago. Net profit rose 30 percent in the first half of 2010.

The market had expected Tsingtao to post net profit of 994.2 million yuan for the first half, according to an average forecast of six analysts.

The price of barley, a basic ingredient for brewing beer, has risen by more than a third this year.

In the first quarter, Tsingtao raised the price of some products by about 5 percent, driving up sales and earnings as distributors stocked up ahead of the increase.

Rising per-capita income has driven up beer consumption in the world's most populous country.

Tsingtao Brewery's Hong Kong-listed shares have gained 20 percent this year, against a 15 percent drop in the Hang Seng Index .

Tsingtao competes in China with CR Snow, a joint venture between China Resources Enterprise Ltd and SAB Miller Plc . China Resources Enterprises' shares have gained 2 percent this year.

It also competes with Heineken NV , Carlsberg AS (CARLb.CO) and Kingway Brewery Holdings Ltd in the world's biggest beer market.

Prior to the first-half earnings, of 22 analysts tracked by Thomson Reuters, eight rated Tsingtao as a "buy" or "strong buy", seven had a "hold" recommendation, four rated it as an "underperform" and three called the company a "sell".

One of China's oldest beer makers, Tsingtao was founded in 1903 by German and British merchants under the name Nordic Brewery Co Ltd Tsingtao Branch.

($1 = 6.389 Chinese Yuan)

13 Авг. 2011



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