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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.

India. Move over pitchers, beer now in growler

It's a hand-crafted beer with a distinct citrus after-taste quite unlike anything available in the country and comes in a unique Growler, a 1.5 litre pail-like container, apart from the conventional 330 ml bottle. Welcome to the world of Bira 91 that's taken the country by storm within nine months of its launch.

"Everything begins with a personal passion," explained Ankur Jain, the chief beer evangelist of B9 Beverages that has launched the brand.

After schooling at DPS Mathura Road here, Jain went to college in Chicago and worked briefly at Motorola before starting his first company in New York in the healthcare management space. During his time in New York, his office was down the street from the iconic Brooklyn Brewery, run by former Associated Press reporter Steve Hindy, where he spent most of his Friday evenings recuperating from the week and discovering fine beer.

He sold his startup in 2007 and moved back to his homeland "only to find that there were not many beers worth drinking in India".

Enter Cerana, now renamed B9, a company he founded in 2009 and started importing some of his favourite beers, "bringing much-needed relief to a parched country".

"I imagined a trendy, unorthodox beer that was Indian at heart and thus was born Bira 91. Since then, I have been evangelising the cause of craft beer with the belief that everyone deserves better beer," Jain told IANS.

What then differentiates the two variants of Bira 91 from the other brands available in the market?

Well, the White variety is a deliciously different wheat beer with low bitterness and a hint of spicy citrus with a soft finish. The Blonde variety is a sparkling contrast to the mass market beer. Rich in colour and made with the choicest two-row barley, extra malty and high-hopped with a delicate aroma, this flavourful lager would be equally comfortable at a master chef's table or at a casual evening out with friends.

"Along with our Belgian brewmaster, we sampled 50 batches before arriving at a taste that works. It took us six months," Jain explained.

What then makes Bira 91 tick?

"The most pristine, earthy water, the sturdiest and choicest barley and wheat, flavoured with a blast from the most delicate hops and restless, manic yeast. There are the secret ingredients of spirit, mystery, mythology, passion, and a turbulent chaos full of vitality, energy and creativity. India has these secret ingredients in abundance," Jain said.

"There's also live yeast in the beer so the fermentation is continuing even as the beer is in the bottle or cask. This second fermentation makes the beer taste fresher," he added.

Why the Belgian brewmaster?

"Belgium is the hub of innovation in brewing beer. Some of the oldest breweries are in abbeys. The monks pray six times a day and make beer in between. In fact, one of my most memorable experiences has been staying in the dorm of the abbey at Chinmay, waking up at 5 a.m. and then heading to the breakfast room for a beer with the monks.

"But we are a totally Imagined-in-India brand," Jain said.

Why the name Bira 91?

"Well, Bira means 'brother' in north India and variants of this in other parts of the county. Our mascot is a monkey because most of us have a monkey inside us. Oh, and 91 is India's ISD country code," Jain said

How come the Growler?

"Pitchers are passe because of their wide mouths. The Growler's narrow neck helps in keeping the beer fresh and chilled and also makes you want to drink it soon. The amber coloured glass protects the beer from excess light, thus preserving the integrity of the brew. It not only makes for a fun night but is also a visual delight that excites your taste-buds," Jain said.

The Hanso India

14 Дек. 2015

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