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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.

Thailand. Cash-flush ThaiBev itching for big-ticket acquisition deals

It will splurge cash on ASEAN targets.

Armed with its formidable $966 million cash pile, F&B giant Thai Beverage is forecasted to aggressively snap up Southeast Asian companies over the next four years.

According to a report by OCBC, the global beer industry has been awash with news of mergers and acquisitions of late, as more brewers turn to big-ticket deals to boost profitability and drive growth.

Thai Beverage is likely to go down the M&A path as well, particularly in light of the group’s Vision 2020 strategy.

“Following Fraser and Neave’s (FNN) sale of its 55% stake in Myanmar Brewery Limited to Myanma Economic Holdings (MEHL), FNN currently has a total cash of S$966m. We think that if necessary, FNN and Thai Bev partnering each other for potential acquisitions is a conceivable possibility,” said OCBC.

“We expect both entities to expand into their new markets - Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines, but this would result in varying marketing expenditure as they strive to build brand presence in these countries, thus margins for the segment would be affected in certain quarters,” OCBC added.

In the meantime, ThaiBev will continue developing its core business, with new products being developed and distributed in its regional distribution network.

“We remain positive on the group’s long-term growth plans,” OCBC said.

14 Янв. 2016

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