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. ...
The global outlooks of the legal market of cannabis are excellent. It is possible to simultaneously imagine dry law repeal and craft brewing boom but not in one but in several consumer categories. For alcohol is contained in liquids and cannabis derivatives can be in three physical forms. The value of legal market of cannabis and its products can reach 10% of the world beer market in five years, and in 2030-2040 even reach the same scope provided the current rates of legalization and development of market infrastructure remain at the same level. Cannabinoids are actively integrating into the food industry from chewing gum to beverages deforming the pharmaceutical and alcohol markets, they influence the trends of healthy lifestyle and beauty. ...
Beer market of Kazakhstan acquired both traits of East European countries and South Eastern Asia taking a transitional position between them by many criteria and consumption style. Yet there is a positive trend in beer production which differs Kazakhstan from most of the neighboring countries. The market has remained consolidated in the hands of two international players because of its small size. However, it faces dynamic processes such as fast growth of draft beer sales, up and downs of regional companies and Carlsberg Group’s ultimate expansion. Excessive mainstream segment has declined over the recent years, yet, Zhigulevskoe and national brands with regional links have yielded their positions to a range of new products. In our review special attention was paid to regional analysis of the markets. In 14 regions of Kazakhstan we compared the companies’ positions, the market price segmentation and DIOT channel development. Besides we have compared the beer market of Kazakhstan to neighboring countries. ...
Diageo Completes Beer Business Deal
The deal dates back to November 2012, when Diageo and Mallya had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the traditional sorghum beer business of South Africa-based United National Breweries. The 50-50 joint venture will foray into certain emerging markets of Africa and Asia (excluding India).
Along with the signed MoU, Diageo also agreed to acquire a 53.4% stake in United Spirits for 1.285 billion pounds sterling ($2.05 billion), in order to venture into the fast growing alcohol market in India. Besides financial strength, the acquisition is expected to help to reduce debt and provide United Spirits with the opportunities it seeks. For Diageo, United Spirits will not only open up the growing market Indian market, but also assure access to a burgeoning middle class and a rising beer consumption trend.
Entrepreneur Mallya sold the 53.4% stake in United Spirits to Diageo as he requires sufficient cash to bail his Kingfisher Airlines out of bankruptcy.
Diageo, the owner of leading brands like Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker explores opportunities to expand geographically through acquisitions, within its financial criteria. The acquisitions of companies with strong local routes to market and brands like Mey I?ki in Turkey and the investment in ShuiJingFang in China and Halico in Vietnam in fiscal 2012 are particularly appealing.
Currently, Diageo Plc. carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). We would also recommend that investors to consider Boston Beer Company Inc. (SAM), and Compania Cervecerias Unidas S.A. (CCU) that carry a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and Constellation Brands Inc. (STZ) with a Zacks #2 (Buy). These companies offer a more attractive exposure to alcoholic beverage segments.
30 Янв. 2013