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. ...
Tsingtao scales up beer operations in China’s bustling Henan province
Centrally located Henan province has in recent years attracted a great deal of attention from the large-scale brewery groups that are expanding brewery activities to inland provinces as disposable income rises across China. Last week Tsingtao Brewery became the latest company to sharpen its focus on the province that is home to about 95m people, and where beer production is booming.
Tsingtao plans to construct a major brewery in the city of Yiyang, close to Luoyang in Henan Province, and this week signed week an agreement with local authorities, People’s Daily reported. Expansions, acquisitions and consolidations are happening at a fast pace these days in inland China and especially in central provinces like Henan, Shanxi, Hubei, Hunan and Guizhou.
Chinese beer market dynamics
As more than 21% of China’s total population resides here, the outcome of the future market share distribution between the major brewery groups is important to follow in order to understand the future dynamics of the Chinese beer market.
Tsingtao’s new brewery is said to be able to produce around 2m hectoliter (hl) annually when the first phase gets up and running, while it will reach a total capacity of 6m hl per year when fully constructed. No details regarding the date of the inauguration of the brewery emerged.
The first investment phase will cost RMB 500m yuan ($80.3m) and will total RMB 1b ($160.5m) for the whole project. The data suggests a price of $27m per million hl, which is in line with industry analysts’ ‘rule of thumb price’, when establishing green field breweries in China.
Beer produced from the new Tsingtao brewery will battle for market share against local, domestic and international competitors, which in recent years have stepped up their efforts in Henan province.
AB InBev and Carlsberg interest in Henan Jinxing?
As a consequence, beer production in the province is up more than 20% in the first 10 months of 2012, while the breweries together have produced almost 43m hl, around 10% of China’s total.
In the spring of 2011, AB Inbev acquired Henan-based Weixue Beer’s three breweries in Zhengzhou, Gushi, and Xinyang (including the two brands Weixue and Jigongshan), and has earlier been linked to the acquisition of local producer Luoyang Asia Brewery Ltd. Co.
SABMiller and China Resources’ joint venture Snow Breweries has also been very active in Henan in recent years and said in its Q2 financial statement the latter said it had added new production capacity in the province.
Finally, privately held Henan Jinxing, which is Henan’s largest beer producer, continues to look for a strategic partner, which is ready to take a stake of up to 30% of the company prior to a stock market floating. Both AB Inbev and Carlsberg are tipped as potential buyers.
28 Ноя. 2012