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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.

Suntory denies in talks to buy Danone water assets

* Suntory dismisses report in talks to buy Danone water business
* Danone looking to sell water assets by year-end -Bloomberg
* Danone CFO declines comment, says water business "still strategic"

TOKYO, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Japanese beverage firm Suntory Holdings denied a report on Tuesday that it is in negotiations with France's Danone SA on buying the French group's water assets.

Bloomberg News said Danone is in talks with Suntory about a sale of all or part of its water business, citing three sources, in a deal Danone hopes to clinch by year-end. Suntory may only buy Danone's water operations in Asia, two of the sources said.

"We are neither in negotiations, nor bidding, for Danone's Japanese, or any other portion of, its water business," a Tokyo-based Suntory spokeswoman said.

Speaking in France, Danone CFO Pierre Andre Terisse declined to comment on the report but told analysts during a conference call that the water business was "still strategic" for Danone.

Last November, Danone, the world's No 2 bottled water producer, was in early talks with unnamed parties on such a deal, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Suntory, along with Japanese brewers Kirin Holdings and Asahi Group Holdings , had previously been mentioned as potential bidders for Danone's water business, which includes Evian and Badoit bottled waters.

Japanese beverage firms have been looking abroad for growth as they battle a highly competitive and shrinking home market.

Earlier this year, Suntory entered a soft drinks venture with Indonesia's GarudaFood and in 2009 bought soft drinks maker Orangina.

19 Окт. 2011



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