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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.

SABMiller Flags Weak China Demand As Volume Growth Slows

Tuesday flagged weak demand in China as the brewing giant recorded slowing global volume growth.

Beer volumes for the third quarter rose 2% before acquisitions and disposals, representing a slowdown from 3% growth a year earlier and 4% in the first half. Soft drinks volumes increased 3%.

But volumes in Asia-Pacific, excluding Australia, fell 1%, hit by "subdued" demand in China, where volumes fell 3% "due mainly to an exceptionally cold and wet winter across the country." This compares with 7% volume growth in Asia Pacific a year earlier.

Still, the Australian business, which had been under scrutiny following the company's $10 billion acquisition of Foster's in 2011, started to improve with sales for the quarter down 4% on a comparative basis, compared with a 8% decline in the previous six months. Flagship brand Victoria Bitter grew 2%, its first quarter of growth for more than 10 years, and SABMiller said the integration program in Australia is ahead of schedule.

Latin America, the brewing group's biggest region, saw beer volume growth recover to 6%, up from 4% in the first-half, but down from 8% in the same period last year.

Volumes in Africa grew 4%, with South Africa volumes up 3%.

European volumes rose only 1% with some beer markets hit by "depressed consumer confidence", the company said.

In North America, MillerCoors LLC--the joint venture between SABMiller and Molson Coors Brewing Co. (>> Molson Coors Brewing Company)--said domestic sales to retailers were down 1.1%. Domestic sales to wholesalers fell 1.4%. Still, analysts say U.S. beer demand is showing signs of improvement, supported by rising employment.

SABMiller, the world's No. 2 brewer behind Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (ABI.BT ) and whose brands include Peroni Nastro Azzuro, pushed through price increases in some regions which boosted revenue per hectolitre by 5% while revenue rose 8% in the quarter, before acquisitions and disposals on constant currencies.

SABMiller shares closed Monday at 2960.5 pence, valuing the company at 47.26 billion pounds ($74.94 billion).

22 Янв. 2013



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