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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.

Russia. “Soon we’ll have nothing to trade”

Starting from 1 January, the wholesalers and the retailers from 1 July are obliged to connect to the electronic system USAIS, created to control the turnover of alcohol in Russia. According to RBC, the new rules have already caused interruption in alcohol supplies.

“Yesterday I sent several trucks to the stores that had already registered [in USAIS],” commented the businessman from Irkutsk, “Retail cannot confirm the fact of delivery, as the system does not confirm it. The operator of technical support of USAIS said that the waiting time for confirmation may take up to three days. The trucks stayed overnight, because the goods had not been accepted and the temperature outside was 30 degrees below zero. In the morning we opened the truck: all beer had burst – 100 boxes in one truck and 150 in another, the same situation was with wine and champagne. Now I am counting up the damage. The stores still have not accepted the goods and refused to store them at their warehouse, because they consider that the goods are illegal if the system does not confirm them.”
Another wholesaler from  Moscow region, who asked not to name his company, said that he solved the problems with the shops by drawing the supplies ex-post 31 December 2015, when the fact shipping had not had to register in the system. “Some stores that are not connected to the system pay to suppliers in cash, i. e. they check the goods past USAIS,” he affirms.
The owner of several grocery stores in Moscow’s suburbs said that USAIS has already worked, but it is very inconvenient. “We make the order to the wholesaler and place this information in the system”, he explains, “The wholesaler for his part enters information about the shipping of goods from the warehouse and the truck with alcohol drives to our address. However, in almost half of the cases when the truck arrives the information entered in the module is not recognized by the system. It is absolutely unclear what to do in this situation: neither the wholesaler nor we want to take risks”.
According to the interlocutor, he has already had storage of alcohol for some items in his retail outlets. “Soon we will have nothing to trade,” he affirms.

15 Янв. 2016



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