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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.

Heineken USA Enhances Retail Partner Support, Innovation Through New Hires

Heineken USA today announced the appointment of two new senior leaders. Nick Lake was appointed as the company’s new senior director, category management, effective October 11. Lake will report to Steve Ward, vice president of national accounts.

Monique Acevedo was appointed as vice president of innovation, effective September 28. Acevedo will act as a member of the marketing leadership team and report directly to Lesya Lesyj, chief marketing officer.

Nick Lake, senior director, category management

In his role, Lake will be responsible for directing all Heineken USA category management activity, leading 16 category managers focused on national and regional off-premise and on-premise chain accounts. He will also lead Heineken USA's drive to provide thought leadership and actionable insights to retailers that will enable them to grow the Heineken USA portfolio, as well as the entire upscale segment of the beer category.

“This hire supports our commitment to making significant investments that will help Heineken USA develop a leading-edge shopper insight capability and upgrade our customer and category management processes,” said Ward. “Nick‘s deep understanding of category dynamics, outstanding track record of identifying growth opportunities and widespread industry respect make him the perfect candidate for this position. We are confident that he will enhance our ability to help our retailer customers drive profitable growth of upscale beers.”

Most recently, Lake served as vice president group client director for the beverage alcohol industry for Nielsen. There, he was responsible for providing insights across the Nielsen Beverage Alcohol client base for the eastern region and business development across the alcohol category. While at Nielsen, he also played an instrumental role in the design and execution of the industry’s first comprehensive sales tracking service for the convenience channel.

“After spending years studying and analyzing alcohol beverage trends on a broad scale, I am thrilled at the opportunity to put my insights into action to help one of the most iconic and well respected organizations in the industry better serve their partners, and in turn, drive growth,” said Lake. “It is apparent that Heineken USA sees retailers as true partners in this business, and I look forward to identifying opportunities and implementing strategies that will help both parties reach their true potential.”

Before Nielsen, Lake spent 11 years with Proctor & Gamble in a variety of sales and category management positions. Lake has spoken at leading industry conferences, including those organized by Beer Marketers Insights, Beer Business Daily Beer Summit and National Beer Wholesalers Association. He has also contributed articles published in Progressive Grocer and Convenience Store News, and is a regular contributor to many trade and national publications.

Lake holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota. He, his wife and his three children will reside in Atlanta, GA.

Monique Acevedo, vice president of innovation

Heineken USA created a new role, vice president, innovation to support efforts to expand its innovation capabilities. Acevedo will lead innovation for all Heineken USA brands and manage its innovation team. The innovation team will be responsible for leveraging insights that are consistent with the organization's strategic vision to develop an innovation strategy as well as leading innovation planning and all related projects.

“We have identified innovation as a major strategic growth opportunity area for our business,” said Lesyj. “Monique brings a wealth of experience, creativity and big thinking to the organization, and having her in this role will ensure that developing innovative products and marketing techniques remains a priority moving forward.”

Acevedo joins Heineken USA from Diageo where she most recently served as director of innovation. In that role, she was responsible for leading the innovation strategy and business plan for a $50mm net sales value pipeline of highly differentiated new products from concept through to launch, including Crown Royal Black and Bulleit Rye Whiskey. Prior to her role at Diageo, Acevedo spent eight years at The Coca-Cola Company in various roles. There, she played an instrumental role in the development and launch of Dasani Water, Sprite Zero and Vanilla Coke.

Acevedo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas. Monique and her family reside in New York.

About Heineken USA

Heineken USA Inc., the nation's premier beer importer, is a subsidiary of Heineken International BV, which is the world's most international brewer. European brands imported into the U.S. include Heineken Lager, the world's most international beer brand; Heineken Light; Amstel Light, a leading imported light beer brand; Newcastle Brown Ale, the leading imported ale in the United States; and Buckler non-alcoholic brew. Heineken USA is also the exclusive USA importer for the Tecate, Tecate Light, Dos Equis, Sol, Carta Blanca and Bohemia brands from Mexico. For a safe ride home, download the Heineken USA-sponsored Taxi Magic™ application from your smartphone at taximagic.heineken.com. Please visit

27 Сен. 2011



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