Dmitry Nekrasov’s Philosophy — on the Past, Present and Future of Ukrainian Brewing IndustryA meeting with Dmitry Nekrasov always turns into a training course: “Introduction to brewing business“. We are talking to a clever “playing trainer“ a person that can be called a godfather of the Ukrainian craft. He has a dozen of successful projects to his name. Dmitry told us about craft beer in Ukraine, on market cycles, on specifity of operating in retail and HoReCa, on union of Ukrainian brewers and certainly, how a brewery of his own, First Dnipro Brewery is doing.
The market of import beer in Russia: review and databasesThe market of import beer is rapidly growing and changing. But while in the past years it was growing due to brands variety, in 2019 major and affordable brands from TOP-10 were developing actively. It seems that the fact of a brand origin from far abroad counties, even if it is not well known but has moderate price and good distribution provides for million liters of sales in the territory of Russia. Among distributors AB InBev Efes was far behind, yet the role of Baltika and suppliers of the second row got more important. The boom of German brands was followed by stagnation of import from other traditional regions (and Belarus) instead the supplies from Mexico, Lithuania and Asian countries grew considerably.
Russia: Positions of Brewing CompaniesThe 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 brandsIn 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 2019During 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.
The trend of complication of Russian beer market is going on and in several directions at the same time. The range has got wider, the import and small segments are growing, namely craft beer, alcohol-free beer and special flavor beer. At the same time, all ex-mega brands and light lagers by Russian brewers are experiencing a decline of their shares. AB InBev Efes, Heineken, MBC and Pivzavod Trekhsosenskiy have exceeded the market, Carlsberg was developing slower than the market and Ochakovo as well as some other mid-sized breweries have been cutting down their volumes. To a big extent brewers’ performance was connected to their ability to reach agreement with networks, sacrifice their margin and enter new markets. Craft brewers are facing a serious danger of producers’ registration introduction – de facto licensing. ...
drinktec: New Technology for New Products
Four Major Trends in Worldwide Consumer Attitudes
In the soft drinks field, four mega-trends currently dominate consumer behavior worldwide. Drinks purchasers are becoming more concerned about “naturalness”, preferring products made from natural ingredients. Consumers are also on the lookout for products that confer health benefits – functional beverages are regarded at present as a main driver of innovation. But naturalness and functional value alone are not enough to keep the consumer happy. Drinking is supposed to be an enjoyable experience, and that means first-rate taste, aroma and “mouthfeel”. And finally, in the highly mobile society of today, sheer convenience remains a big factor. These trends affect all soft drinks, ranging from water, traditional soft drinks, juices and nectars by way of energy drinks and sports drinks to instant coffees and teas.
Juice products are a growth market worldwide, with notable demand for new lines. This in turn means process technology must rise to new challenges. Where in the past producers’ main concern has been to maximize output, today’s priority in terms of performance is optimal product quality. This means it is now vital that products are processed rapidly but also without impairing quality, and under oxygen-free conditions. How this is done can be seen at drinktec 2013. More than 88,000 sqm of exhibition space will be given over to leading manufacturers from all over the world to present product-specific and product-independent processing technology.
When it comes to expensive, premium-segment juices, the prime requirements are high quality and constant consistency. Processing methods highly protective of fruit quality have now been introduced for the production of juices containing whole fruit pieces. Careful handling of the fruit bits to prevent disintegration involves keeping them separate from the juice throughout processing – for instance, the fruit bits are pasteurized in their own separate tube heat exchangers. Consumer preferences governing vegetable juice production are much the same as for fruit juices. The key requirement is that the juice-extraction process must not impair the product’s natural properties. Speed, continuity and minimal oxidation are the watchwords here: all three are essential to the production of high-grade juices with high yield. The new methods and new technology introduced to meet all these requirements will be presented and explained to users at the drinktec show. A survey at drinktec 2009 showed that as many as one in five visitors that year represented the fruit-juice sector, many of them exclusively. The trend is upwards. drinktec’s Exhibition Director, Petra Westphal, sees this as “clear evidence that the international fruit juice industry is now among those listing drinktec as a permanent fixture on their events calendar”.
In the narrower soft drinks field too, the trend to higher fruit content and use of natural ingredients means there have to be fresh approaches in process technology. The new products are more susceptible to microbiological contamination. So the manufacturers have to supply process components that can be efficiently and sustainably cleaned. For individual syrup bases, life begins in the syrup room. Raw materials go through dissolving, blending, heating and filtration stages on their way to becoming the individual syrup variants, and then move on to the mixing process. A host of exhibitors at drinktec 2013 will be on
hand to explain just how the requisite high levels of precision, reliability, economy and flexibility have been achieved in practice.
A further important element in the process chain is a modern water preparation plant. The homogeneity of the premix is of key importance when it comes to the blending in of the further ingredients. High product quality and elimination of product wastage are also key factors. Drinktec 2013 will feature the latest developments in batch and continuous systems. The recent approval of stevia across the EU as an alternative, zero-calorie sweetener harmless to teeth will entail new approaches in process technology. Adopted solutions will be presented at drinktec 2013.
Unmissable Date for Soft Drinks Manufacturers
Large and small producers of soft drinks use the drinktec technology platform as a rendezvous, an opportunity to exchange views and ideas with colleagues and competitors. Take the example of Coca-Cola. Every four years when drinktec comes round, the world’s biggest soft drinks manufacturer organizes what amounts to a family gathering. Of course, it’s not just a matter of saying “Hi!” to each other again, as Dr. Klaus Stadler of Coca-Cola Europe explains: “We find drinktec a great forum for meeting with producers and distributors and of course doing some networking. Our top people from Atlanta show up at drinktec just as regularly as bottlers and franchisees from all over the world. Members of the Coca-Cola family come here from as far away as Africa, Latin America, China and Australia.”
In the water sector too, constant innovation keeps paring costs and delivering improvements in microbiological quality. Still table water, carbonated, flavored – whatever the water type, production involves ever more sophisticated process technology, for requirements ranging from degasification to precision carbonation to hygienic filtration. Instant and ready-to-drink products made with cereals, blossoms or plant roots may come in future to be used for gently beneficial effects on human health, with the potential for a considerably increased future role as diet supplements. With this end in view, the production process will involve the delicate operation of extracting the valuable active ingredients from plant cells for subsequent blending into the drink. In the view of Euromonitor International, the strongest future growth rates can be expected in ready-to-drink tea and specialty drinks from Asia, because of the associated health benefits. The producers’ ideal is process technology that will ensure meticulous – and hence benefit-conserving – treatment of the tea extract while
also maximizing product yield. Riding high in the instant coffee markets at present, meanwhile, are the aromatized specialty lines, flavored for example with vanilla or chocolate.
Research and development have moved into some entirely new areas, such as the DCD process (Dynamic Cellular Disruption), which may in time supersede at least some of the processes currently used in the beverage industry. Improvement of the keeping qualities of smoothies by application of pulsed electric fields is a further exceptionally interesting research field.
The drinktec fair, September 16-20, 2013, is an ideal opportunity to catch up on the commercial development and in-service record of these and many other technological advances. Process technology is always news.
Further information: www.drinktec.com
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drinktec is the world’s leading trade fair for beverage and liquid food technology. It is the most important trade fair for the sector. Manufacturers and suppliers from all over the world – global companies and SMEs alike – meet up here with all sizes of producers and retailers of beverages and liquid food products. Within the sector drinktec is regarded as the number one platform for launching new products on the world market. At this event manufacturers present the latest technology for production, filling and packaging of beverages of all kinds, and for liquid food – also encompassing raw materials and logistics solutions. The themes of beverages marketing and packaging design round off the portfolio.
drinktec 2013, which takes place at the Messe M?nchen exhibition centre in Munich, from September 16 to 20, 2013, is expected to attract around 1,500 exhibitors from over 70 countries and approximately 60,000 visitors from more than 170 countries.
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