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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. Hyderabad court issues NBW against Vijay Mallya

A Hyderabad magistrate court has issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against UB Group chairman Vijay Mallya and A Raghunathan, chief financial officer of defunct Kingfisher Airlines, in an alleged cheating case.

The NBW was issued in connection with alleged dishonour of a cheque of Rs 50 lakh to GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL). The police have been ordered to produce Mallya, who is currently in the UK, in the court by April 13. However, the counsel for Mallya has decided to move the Hyderabad High Court seeking quashing of the NBW.

The warrant was issued following a petition by infrastructure major GMR Group’s Hyderabad arm, which had sought prosecution of Vijay Mallya as he had defaulted on payments and cheated the company by issuing cheques that bounced.

The airport officials had filed 11 cases against Mallya’s airline Kingfisher for non-payment of dues to the tune of Rs 8 crore. Cheques issued for Rs 50 lakh had bounced and a case was filed against him.

The 14th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court issued the NBWs on March 10 against the now defunct Kingfisher Airline, its chairman Vijay Mallya and another senior official of the company and posted the matter for April 13.

“Mallya and others were supposed to appear before the court on March 10. They did not appear. Hence, court issued NBW order which has to be executed by April 13,” GMR counsel G Ashok Reddy said. There are a total of 11 cases involving Rs 8 crore payment to GMR and the NBWs were issued in connection with a Rs 50-lakh bounce cheque, he said.

Advocate H Sudhakar Rao, appearing for Mallya said, “NBWs have been issued in this case. There are other cases going on wherein we have got orders from High Court dispensing with his (Mallya’s) attendance.”

“I will be filing an application in the high court for quashing this order of issuing warrants,” Rao said. When contacted, GMR refused to comment on the issue saying the matter is sub-judice.

Earlier in 2012, GHIAL, which runs Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, had filed a petition in the court seeking Mallya’s prosecution for defaulting on payments and cheating them by allegedly issuing cheques that bounced. Later, GHIAL in October 2012 withdrew the case after the airline agreed to pay the outstanding amount due to the airport operator. The court had also then issued NBWs against five senior executives of the airline, including Mallya.

14 Мар. 2016

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