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. ...
US. Brewers tap creativity to boost sales
It’s no secret that beer sales are slipping, especially sales of the traditional light American lagers that are the stock-in-trade of Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors. Both companies saw U.S. sales fall more than 3 percent last year, while wine and liquor continued to grow. Combined, wine and spirits now make up 46 percent of the U.S. alcohol market, up from less than 41 percent in 2000.
“Someone else is eating our lunch in the alcohol space,” Molson Coors Chief Executive Peter Swinburn told analysts last week.
Now the big boys are pushing back with a new round of flavored beverages that, while malt-based like beer, in some ways have more in common with cocktails.
Coors last week announced it will launch a new iced-tea flavored brew, first in Canada and then potentially the U.S. Sam Adams parent Boston Beer Co. plans to roll out its Twisted Tea in 15 more states this year. (It’s in 35 states now.) MillerCoors last month bought Crispin, the nation’s third-biggest brewer of hard cider.
And Anheuser-Busch is planning an April rollout for Bud Lite Lime-A-Rita, a margarita-inspired beer that will build off 4-year-old Bud Light Lime. After that will come seasonal launches of Michelob Ultra Light Cider, which Anheuser-Busch hopes will broaden the growing cider market, and pint cans of Ultra 19th Hole, a tea-and-lemonade-flavored brew modeled after the Arnold Palmer drink.
“It’ll be easy to drink in the summertime,” said Pat McGauley, Anheuser- Busch’s vice president of innovation. “It fits well under the Michelob Ultra nameplate.”
Unlike Miller’s Crispin purchase, for instance, all three of Anheuser- Busch’s new brews build on existing brands — Bud Light and the steadily growing Michelob Ultra. That helps with name recognition, McGauley said, and creates “an expectation of quality.”
At the same time it helps to keep those brands in line with changing tastes, said Paul Chibe, Anheuser- Busch’s vice president of marketing.
“Many consumers want more flavor. They want sweeter,” Chibe said. “Being where consumer preferences are is really important.”
The new brews come on the heels of the February launch of Bud Light Platinum. The blue-bottled version of Bud Light has more alcohol and a sweeter taste profile, and is designed to compete more directly with spirits. It has started strong, the company says, claiming more than 1 percent of all beer sales in its first month amid heavy marketing.
These extensions make sense for Anheuser-Busch InBev, said Benj Steinman, publisher of the trade newsletter Beer Marketer’s Insights. The integration of Anheuser-Busch and InBev is complete, and now the
brewer is focused on growing revenue.
“Part of that is by ramping up innovation,” Steinman said. “They have what I’d characterize as a robust pipeline. They’re coming at the market in a lot of different directions.”
Of course, we’ve been here before. Remember Zima?
Coors launched the original “malternative” to much fanfare in 1993, and Zima made a dent in the U.S. beer market before winning the mockery of late-night comics and gradually fading into obscurity. It was discontinued in 2008. Anheuser- Busch’s Tequiza, made with agave nectar and a hint of lime, met a similar fate, minus the mockery, before being largely replaced by Bud Light Lime.
Then, in the early 2000s, a new round took off, led by Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Smirnoff Ice. Anheuser-Busch partnered with Bacardi on the rum-flavored Bacardi Silver. They’ve carved a niche. Last year, flavored malt beverages (FMBs) made up 2.4 percent of beer sales, according to Beer Marketer’s Insights. Now the sector is heating up again as a new generation experiments with different tastes.
That means new drinks, and lots of them.
“The [FMB] segment is very fickle. Brands switch around a lot,” Steinman said. “You have to have new products more often in FMBs than in other segments, really.”
16 Мар. 2012