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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.

Africa. Heineken «satisfied» with ownership mix — analyst

Heineken appears to be happy with its mix of business models in Africa and has little interest in entering the local beer segment, according to an analyst.

In a note on Heineken's investor day in Lagos yesterday (13 November), Nomura said that the group “continues to appear happy to have different business models across the region”. These include majority control in Nigerian operations, a partnership with Diageo in South Africa, and Coca-Cola/beer combinations in Central Africa.

The major difference to its competitors in the region is its focus on international premium brands, especially Heineken, Nomura said. As a result, the brewer has “no interest in entering the local opaque beer segment,” the note said.

It flagged that, with the brewer's Asia Pacific Breweries acquisition, emerging markets are set to account for 55% of EBIT and 62% of consolidation beer volumes. Within that, Africa (19% of EBIT) has been “a key driver accounting for 42% of group profit growth in the 2007-11 period”, Nomura said.

Nigeria, the analyst estimates, accounts for around half of Heineken's African earnings. The country has recognised growth drivers, including strong population growth, a middle-class boom and urbanisation. But, it noted: “Half the population is Muslim, mainly based in the north, which restricts consumption of beer, but provides an opportunity for malt-based drinks”.

Heineken is focussing on high-end on-trade accounts in Nigeria as it looks to compete against spirits, the note said. Around 65% of the country's beer volumes are from the on-trade, especially in “beer parlours” accounting for 40%, it noted. However, the off-trade is growing faster, with some growth of modern retail from low levels.

15 Ноя. 2012

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