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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.

Vietnam. Foreign brewers are crowding out local producers

Despite the fact that in 2015 Sabeco produced 1.38 billion liters of beer, the experts say very little growth of the company. Meanwhile, Heineken was able, for the very first time, to outstrip Habeco and to take the second place in the beer market of Vietnam.

According to Mr. Phan Dang Tuat, the former chairman of Sabeco, the competition in the industry is becoming tougher, so breweries have to struggle for every outlet in both large and small cities. Sabeco plans to hire experts to back about 800 outlets.

The difficulty is the fact that in foreign companies such specialists earn $ 4000-5000, but Sabeco is able to pay 40-50 million dong ($ 1800-2300) per month. And most importantly, that the projects of foreign companies are implemented rather rapidly, whereas the local breweries need more time to do it.

The building a united team is also an important goal of Nguyen Thi Nga, CEO of the trading company Habeco. According to him, the company needs to instantly take into account changes in the market.

Apart from foreign competitors Carlsberg and Heineken, which have long been present in Vietnam, there are new companies in the market such as Sapporo (Japan), AB InBev (USA), Shingha (Thailand). The latter purchased 25% of shares of Masan and had the opportunity to build a brewery with a capacity of 100 million litres per year.

Becoming a company with 100% foreign capital, Sapporo has expanded its dealer network. In May 2015, in Vietnam AB InBev built a brewery with a capacity of 50 million litres and plans to expand it to 100 million litres. It is expected that the brewery will provide beer to Vietnamese consumers.

The competition in the global beer market is becoming very tough, and only large companies that provide good service and have a strong sales team, can win.

12 Янв. 2016

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