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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.

UK. Himalayan Monkey brewer adds second «Indian beer»

East End Foods, the creator of Himalayan Monkey, has announced the release of a second authentic Indian bottled beer.

Shimla joins Himalayan Monkey – the craft beer designed to pair with spicy foods, which FoodBev first reported on back in June – in being released for general sale this month.

Both beers have been formulated to be robust enough to work perfectly alongside the spices used in Indian and Bangladeshi food, without overpowering their delicate flavours. They have been authentically brewed and bottled in India, making them a popular choice with the growing number drinkers who have a thirst for “craft offerings” from manufacturers who are producing on a smaller scale and to ensure quality and a closer connection to the authenticity of their brands, East End Foods said.

The company’s commercial director, Paul Deep, said: “The UK’s current two best-selling beer brands which strongly imply they are ‘Indian’ are actually brewed in the UK and are mass produced. Hence, we realised there was an opportunity to provide consumers with genuine Indian beer in the UK.

“Like with all East End products, the company painstakingly worked on the quality of the recipes in India, which in total took over a year to get right; we are delighted with the outcome.

“In Himalayan Monkey beer we identified a gap in the market for an authentic Indian beer that is priced and positioned to appeal to a younger, more street-wise lover of ‘all things hot and spicy’ – a movement that continues to grow and reflects a clear preference for spicier foods amongst younger, more adventurous consumers. The Himalayan Monkey branding and label design will really capture the imagination of this market.

“Furthermore, we also realised that there is space in the market for a beer brand which appeals to the more mature consumer of Indian cuisine, especially those who frequent higher-end Indian restaurants, so we developed the Shimla brand.”

“For both beers, there’s a real emphasis on the care with which they’ve been prepared and the authenticity of ingredients we’ve used,” Deep continued. “We think this will be appreciated by an increasing number of consumers as the trend to move away from mass production across the FMCG market continues to pick up pace in the UK”.

“Our initial strategy will be to distribute the beers through the massive network of Indian restaurants which exist throughout the UK… we are confident that the consumer will love this real taste of India.”

8 Янв. 2016



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