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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.

EU Court: AB InBev, Budvar Can Both Use Budweiser Trademark

Beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (BUD) and smaller Czech rival Budejovicky Budvar can both use 'Budweiser' as a trademark in the U.K., Europe's highest court ruled Thursday, in the latest round of a long-running feud over the rights to the Budweiser name.

"United Kingdom consumers are well aware of the difference between Budvar's beers and those of Anheuser-Busch," the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice said in a statement after the ruling.

The companies have both used 'Budweiser' as a brand name for many years and both registered the name as a trademark in 2000.

However, just a day ahead of the expiry of a five-year time limit, Anheuser-Busch challenged Budvar's mark as invalid, on the grounds that -- despite both marks being registered on the same day -- Anheuser-Busch had filed its application earlier.

The court said Wednesday that a later-registered trademark can be declared invalid only if it alters, or could alter, the earlier mark's effectiveness in guaranteeing "to consumers the origin of the goods covered by it."

But in this case, it said, Anheuser-Busch and Budvar "had each marketed their beers in the U.K. using the sign 'Budweiser' or a trademark including that sign for almost 30 years prior to registration." It added that "both of those companies have from the beginning used their Budweiser trademarks in good faith."

The case still needs to be finalized by a British court, based on the EU court's judgment.

The state-owned Czech brewer is engaged in a global intellectual property battle over the 'Budweiser' and 'Bud' trademarks and appellations of origin with Anheuser-Busch Inc., now part of Belgian brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Legal battles involving Budvar and Anheuser-Busch have been ongoing for a century, intensifying since the end of the Czech communist government when Budvar's exports grew substantially. In the U.K. however, the dispute only became an issue in the late 1970s, when Anheuser-Busch's Budweiser beer became widely available in the country.

A case over rights to the 'Bud' trademark in Europe is still under consideration at a lower European court, the General Court.

23 Сен. 2011

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