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. ...
Acquisition of GEA Heat Exchangers by Triton is finalized
Christoph Michel, CEO of GEA Heat Exchangers Group, welcomes the new situation: “In Triton, we have a trustworthy partner that will strengthen and support our future activities.” Except for a new brand name that will be rolled out mid-term, he explains, nothing will change for the customers of GEA Heat Exchangers as a result of the move from GEA Group to Triton: “All projects and orders will be executed as accustomed, and our customers’ familiar and trusted contact partners in Sales and Support will now as before stand at their side.”
Company positions will be further developed in markets such as power generation, exploration, chemistry and petrochemistry, food and beverages and other process industries, as well as water and air treatment. The portfolio will be developed on a more customer-oriented basis.
This process will include internal reorganisation of business units within the GEA Heat Exchangers Group, which will now – in a simplified structure – serve the market in three Segments. One Segment will focus on the areas of climate and environment, with activities including all products for applications of HVAC technology.
The second Segment will concentrate on solutions in the area of major power-generation projects. These efforts will include wet cooling towers, dry cooling systems, filing media for cooling towers, as well as further applications.
The third Segment consists of systems and components for further heat exchanger application areas such as those in the markets of oil and gas and petrochemistry, food and beverages, marine and transportation systems. These include plate heat exchangers, finned-tube heat exchangers, as well as shell-and-tube heat exchangers, which are used in a great number and variety of processes.
This orientation will be accompanied by establishment of a new brand. An autonomous profile for our heat exchanger activities – a profile that is independent of GEA – will prove effective in future penetration of new markets. At the same time, this corporate profile will express the values of the brand GEA that our regular customers have learned to respect, as well as the benefits of our product brands. We will continue to use the name “GEA” until introduction of the new brand.
Christoph Michel, CEO
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