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. ...
The global outlooks of the legal market of cannabis are excellent. It is possible to simultaneously imagine dry law repeal and craft brewing boom but not in one but in several consumer categories. For alcohol is contained in liquids and cannabis derivatives can be in three physical forms. The value of legal market of cannabis and its products can reach 10% of the world beer market in five years, and in 2030-2040 even reach the same scope provided the current rates of legalization and development of market infrastructure remain at the same level. Cannabinoids are actively integrating into the food industry from chewing gum to beverages deforming the pharmaceutical and alcohol markets, they influence the trends of healthy lifestyle and beauty. ...
Beer market of Kazakhstan acquired both traits of East European countries and South Eastern Asia taking a transitional position between them by many criteria and consumption style. Yet there is a positive trend in beer production which differs Kazakhstan from most of the neighboring countries. The market has remained consolidated in the hands of two international players because of its small size. However, it faces dynamic processes such as fast growth of draft beer sales, up and downs of regional companies and Carlsberg Group’s ultimate expansion. Excessive mainstream segment has declined over the recent years, yet, Zhigulevskoe and national brands with regional links have yielded their positions to a range of new products. In our review special attention was paid to regional analysis of the markets. In 14 regions of Kazakhstan we compared the companies’ positions, the market price segmentation and DIOT channel development. Besides we have compared the beer market of Kazakhstan to neighboring countries. ...
Global Beer Wars
As the world's largest energy companies continue to make discoveries off the eastern coast of Africa, they will soon have several choices of refreshment after a long day of drilling.
Diageo (NYSE: DEO ) and SAB Miller have both closed deals in East Africa and are poised to duke it out over market share in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Diageo has invested $1 billion in Africa over the last four years. The company's Kenyan subsidiary, East African Breweries, recorded a first-half profit increase of 17%. Sales for the unit were up 36%.
SAB Miller invested $80 million to build a new beer plant and double the capacity of its Nile Brewing subsidiary. It has also invested $1.75 billion in Africa over the last four years.
Many companies are making an effort to expand their presence in Eastern Europe before this summer's Euro 2012 soccer tournament in June, and Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE: BUD ) is no exception. The company plans to open six to 10 new locations for its Belgian Beer Cafe franchise in Poland, where half of the games will be played.
Anheuser-Busch also has its eye on a pricey Czech lager. Competition is stiff for StarBev, the brewer of Staropramen, as SABMiller (SBMRY.PK), Heineken (HINKY.PK), and Molson Coors (NYSE: TAP ) are expected to look at the $3 billion operation as well.
An interesting point here is that Anheuser-Busch actually used to own StarBev and sold it to CVC Capital Partners in 2009. The potentially lucrative developing economies in Eastern Europe may prove to be a strong enough siren song for the beverage giant to repurchase the company.
Though China's economy is huge compared to the examples above, it will continue to grow at a breakneck pace. As a result, Anheuser-Busch is competing with the likes of SABMiller, Tsingtao, and China Resources Enterprise to purchase Chinese company Kingway Brewery Holdings.
Kingway is the third-largest player in Guangdong province, one of the wealthiest in China. The brand holds a 15% market share there, and the unit is expected to sell for $550 million.
China is the world's largest beer consumer, but I like the East African play the best. There isn't as much competition, and those economies could really take off as energy investments pour into the region in the next five years.
29 Фев. 2012