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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.

Gambrinus is widening its packaging assortment and introduces a plastic bottle

Traditional Czech beer Gambrinus is answering its consumers' call, and widens its assortment of beer packaging. Starting February 13, the best selling Czech beer, Gambrinus Light will be available in 1.5l plastic bottles. According to survey of TNS AISA agency, consumers appreciate durability, light weight, and easy manipulation of plastic packaging. More than 50% of beer lovers gave try to such packaging last year.

Plastic recyclable bottle market is the fastest growing market segment of all types of packaging. „We are very much aware of beer consumers' increased interest in introduction of especially plastic bottle packaging of Gambrinus beer brand. It is the type of packaging they specifically requested,“ Jan Dole?el, Brand Manager of Gambrinus brand explained. And the survey of TNS AISA agency clearly supports this argument*. Results of the survey show that more than 54% of beer consumers drank from this type of packaging. 28% of all asked, drink beer from plastic bottles at least once a month, and 11% of all respondents at least once a week already.

Another survey, this time from G82, Inc.**, shows that the popularity of recyclable, plastic packaging is growing especially for its practicality. Grilling, watching TV, getting together with friends and family dinner were among many occasions mentioned in connection with use of plastic packaging. „The answers clearly showed that a light, higher capacity and repeatedly closeable bottle offers a certain comfort of beer consumption appreciated especially by groups of friends during garden grilling, or during visits. Ease of use and durability were other highly appreciated aspects of plastic bottles,“ Jan Dole?el, Brand Manager of Gambrinus brand added.

The design of the new bottle for Gambrinus Light was created by Jan ?apek, whose design is behind Gambrinus „half–litres“ distributed in pubs and restaurants serving the brand. Gambrinus Light in the new packaging will be distributed directly from Plze? brewery, where they have launched the new bottling line for plastic packaging as a part of the major, 150 million CZK development investment last year.

The new bottle of Gambrinus Light will available in stores all around Czech Republic starting February 13th.

*The survey of TNS AISA agency took place from October to December 2011
**The survey of G82, Inc. took place in February 2011

14 Фев. 2012



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