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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.

Ukraine. The beer market is falling, but sales of some companies continue to grow

In the last few years, the brewing industry in Ukraine is in a difficult situation. According to Evgeny Shevchenko, the CEO of Carlsberg, on the whole, in 2015 the production of beer in Ukraine fell by 17% to 193 million liters due to the increase of the tax burden and decrease of the purchasing power of the Ukrainians.

Shevchenko noted that from 1 July 2015 after providing of amendments to the Tax Code that equating beer to alcoholic beverages, 7 000 retail outlets have been closed in Ukraine, because many sellers can't pay 8 000 UAH for license. For wholesale it costs 500 000 UAH.

He said that now the issues of enhancing the tax burden on the industry are discussing at different levels. We are talking about a possible increase in excise duties by 25% on the recommendation of the International monetary Fund (IMF), and the introduction of a tax on packaging recycling. Now the share of excise tax per liter of beer is 13%.

In 2015, the workload of the Carlsberg brewery was 59%, which is 4.5 percentage points lower than in 2014. The sales decreased slightly slower than the market. The company's market share in value terms has grown by 1.4 percentage points to 29.6% according to the AC Nielsen company’s estimation.

According to Shevchenko, the significant changes were in the dynamics of price segments over the past year. The share of economy segment has declined from 31.7% in 2014 to 30.7% in 2015, mainstream declined from 44.5% to 43.4%, premium increased from 20.9% to 21.2%, and imports increased from 1.4% to 3.2%.

“Most of our innovations last year were aimed at the premium segment,” the CEO of the company added.

Meanwhile, smaller, but active competitors are breathing at the giants’ backs. The founder and CEO of the Persha Pryvatna Brovanya Company (with market share less 5%) Andrew Matsola says to the nv.ua newspaper that despite the falling market he have nothing to complain about.

Last year, the sales volume of his company grew by 18%. “This year the market will fall by 10%, but we plan to grow by 6-10%,” Matsola said.

2 Мар. 2016

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