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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.

National Boozebuster Notifies Thailand Pre-Mixed Cocktails are Illegal

After going dark for some months, the nation’s top alcohol regulator is back with more bad news.

Lao pan, those ubiquitous iced cocktail jugs sold at every festival and night market in Thailand? Illegal since 1950, Samarn Futrakul, the renowned prohibitionist who heads the alcohol control board, pointed out to reporters Sunday.

Samarn made the comment two days after he led a raid Friday on a night fair near Lumpini Park, in which officials busted cocktail stands and confiscated a number of alcoholic beverages said to violate the law, namely beer popsicles.

According to Samarn, the 1950 law specifically bans vendors from mixing large batches of alcohol to be sold in cups to customers. The law also outlaws giving out samples of cocktails to passers-by, he said.

Under Section 23 of the Liquor Act, no one is allowed to mix alcohol with other substances put it in a different container “unless the customer specifically requests the alteration of the liquor for immediate consumption.”

Because of that passage, Samarn warned, vendors are not allowed to prepare cocktails in large quantities, and they can only mix cocktails in small portions for customers who specifically order them, Samarn said.

He gave no indication whether he would next go after the tanks of mojitos and other pre-mixed cocktails commonly found in places which sell alcohol.

In the raid at the former site of the Suan Lum Night Bazaar, officials arrested vendors selling beer popsicles, which Samarn determined were an “alteration” of alcohol and therefore an offense under the 1950 law. The vendors face fines for these violations, he said.

The raid signaled Samarn’s return to the spotlight four months after he was chided for going too far with an overzealous campaign targeting increasingly mainstream activities, such as open-air beer gardens popular during the cool season (Illegal, he ruled).

An avowed Buddhist who believes alcohol is sinful, Samarn has sought to restrict its availability by drafting a number of laws and regulations as head of the National Alcohol Control Board.

Late last year, Samarn was a daily news fixture due to his zealous efforts to limit alcohol sales, such as threatening to prosecute anyone posting photos of alcohol on social media, and raids on convenience stores that violated strict but unenforced advertising regulations.

His rampage came to an abrupt end when he attempted to ban the beer gardens, a lucrative business for the kingdom’s major beer conglomerates and popular national past time. After being widely criticized for overreaching from figures including junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha, Samarn has kept a much lower profile.

15 Мар. 2016



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