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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.

US. St. Paul Readies for Schmidt Brewery Redevelopment

It's one of the largest redevelopment projects in St. Paul history.

The Schmidt Brewery site, which has sat vacant for years, is about to be transformed into hundreds of mixed income lofts.

On Saturday, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman talked about what the project means for the city. Coleman grew up just blocks from the brewery. He even claims the first word he learned to spell was "Schmidt," thanks to the fact he saw it every time he looked up.

"In a developed city, an opportunity like this doesn't come along every day," he said.

Re-making the brewery site has been attempted for years, stalled most recently by the economy. But finally, if all goes as planned, the decaying icon will soon be turned into a relevant destination once again. "We are ready to go," Coleman said. "We've been ready to go for a long time."

The mayor calls the brewery "the old castle;" it's a 15 acre site that will soon transform into 250 units of housing. A Plymouth-based developer bought "the castle" and all its drawbridges, and moats, for $6.2 million. Construction will cost another $120 million.

"It takes a lot of persistence, a lot of creativity and a lot of different partners coming together to make it happen." Coleman said.

Among them: the City of St. Paul, the Housing Redevelopment Authority, county clean-up funding, and community development block grant funding.

Construction starts Monday. The first phase is clean-up. "We suspect that there are some environmental issues that need to be addressed," Coleman said.

Much of the new housing will be designated for artists, to use as live work-spaces. The goal is to foster their innovative spirit to bring a renewed sense of vibrancy to this area of St. Paul.

Colin Hamilton, of Arts Space, the country's largest real estate developer for the arts, said, "When you look at this project, combined with what already exists in Lowertown, Frogtown, and northeast Minneapolis, the Twin Cities is going to have more affordable housing for artists than any other place in the country. So the opportunity to really create, or ramp up, this region as a destination for artists is big."

He added, "They (artists) can't bring a lot of financial capital. But they bring a ton of creativity and a ton of sweat equity. They do a lot of improvements to green spaces, they tend to get engaged with after-school programming, and they do the kinds of things that turn spaces into places where we all want to be."

There's also hope that the new Schmidt property will still have room for a new brewery. "You never know, maybe there'll be one in the future here," Coleman said, "but probably a lot smaller scale than the old one."

Of course, none of this will happen over night. Final completion of the project isn't slated until 2015.

18 Ноя. 2012

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