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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.

India. UB plans to solve water problem and introduce Kingfisher Buzz on a pan-India basis

United Breweries, India's largest beer maker, plans to be a water neutral company within the next 10 years, according to a top company executive.

“Our aim is to be a water neutral company by 2025. There are breweries where we have put back water, we have breweries which are water negative or which are water neutral but as a company we are not there yet. So that is definitely the road ahead,” United Breweries senior vice president marketing Samar Singh Sheikhawat told Deccan Herald.

It will happen through rain water harvesting, through water recycling, through water conservation, Sheikhawat added. Availability of water is one of the key issues for the company when it comes to setting up a plant.

With many of the states in the country including Maharashtra and Telangana facing acute water shortage, the company is facing problems, according to Samar Singh Sheikhawat.

The company, which had recently forayed into the ready to drink (RTD) segment through Kingfisher Buzz, is bullish about its prospects going forward. “We hope to get 20-30% market share in the first year and about 40-50% in the second year and hope the industry will grow with our entry,” Sheikhawat said.

The company aims to introduce Kingfisher Buzz on a pan-India basis over the next 12-18 months, Sheikhawat added.

United Breweries manufactures Kingfisher Buzz at its Taloja facility in Maharashtra.

11 Мар. 2016



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