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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.

AB InBev, others mull bid for StarBev — sources

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and other beer brewers are mulling a potential acquisition of StarBev, the owner of Czech lager Staropramen, sources familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.

A deal could be valued at roughly $3 billion, The Wall Street Journal said in its online edition.

CVC Capital Partners has owned the brewer since buying it from AB InBev in December 2009. CVC declined to comment.

This is an asset for sale in a rapidly consolidating industry where there are few, one source said. "CVC wants to sell," said the source, who declined to be named. The source was not authorized to speak to the media.

Other brewers expected to weigh an offer for the business include SABMiller PLC, Carlsberg A/S and Heineken NV, as well as Molson Coors Brewing Co of the United States and Japan's Asahi, and other private-equity firms, The Wall Street Journal said.

A second source, who also declined to be named, said some potential bidders like SABMiller and Heineken may face antitrust issues if they pursue StarBev.

That source also questioned whether ABInBev would want to acquire the business again after shedding it in 2009.

Molson Coors and SABMiller declined to comment. Asahi, SABMiller, Carlsberg, Heineken and ABInBev could not be immediately reached for comment. StarBev also was not immediately available for comment.

Meanwhile, ABInBev and Tsingtao Brewery are among several companies weighing an offer for the brewery operations of China's Kingway Brewery Holdings Ltd, the newspaper said.

Tsingtao and Kingway were not immediately available for comment.

23 Фев. 2012



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