The trend of complication of Russian beer market is going on and in several directions at the same time. The range has got wider, the import and small segments are growing, namely craft beer, alcohol-free beer and special flavor beer. At the same time, all ex-mega brands and light lagers by Russian brewers are experiencing a decline of their shares. AB InBev Efes, Heineken, MBC and Pivzavod Trekhsosenskiy have exceeded the market, Carlsberg was developing slower than the market and Ochakovo as well as some other mid-sized breweries have been cutting down their volumes. To a big extent brewers’ performance was connected to their ability to reach agreement with networks, sacrifice their margin and enter new markets. Craft brewers are facing a serious danger of producers’ registration introduction – de facto licensing. ...
The global outlooks of the legal market of cannabis are excellent. It is possible to simultaneously imagine dry law repeal and craft brewing boom but not in one but in several consumer categories. For alcohol is contained in liquids and cannabis derivatives can be in three physical forms. The value of legal market of cannabis and its products can reach 10% of the world beer market in five years, and in 2030-2040 even reach the same scope provided the current rates of legalization and development of market infrastructure remain at the same level. Cannabinoids are actively integrating into the food industry from chewing gum to beverages deforming the pharmaceutical and alcohol markets, they influence the trends of healthy lifestyle and beauty. ...
Beer market of Kazakhstan acquired both traits of East European countries and South Eastern Asia taking a transitional position between them by many criteria and consumption style. Yet there is a positive trend in beer production which differs Kazakhstan from most of the neighboring countries. The market has remained consolidated in the hands of two international players because of its small size. However, it faces dynamic processes such as fast growth of draft beer sales, up and downs of regional companies and Carlsberg Group’s ultimate expansion. Excessive mainstream segment has declined over the recent years, yet, Zhigulevskoe and national brands with regional links have yielded their positions to a range of new products. In our review special attention was paid to regional analysis of the markets. In 14 regions of Kazakhstan we compared the companies’ positions, the market price segmentation and DIOT channel development. Besides we have compared the beer market of Kazakhstan to neighboring countries. ...
India. Vijay Mallya, not Heineken has the right to choose UB’s successor
Diageo, which controls United Spirits, recently reached a $75 million agreement with Mallya for his exit from the company. Mallya is under pressure from lenders and investigative agencies over more than Rs 9,000 crore in dues stemming from loans to Kingfisher Airlines, the carrier he promoted.
Heineken now has a 43 per cent stake in UB compared with Mallya's 32 per cent in 2009, both had 37.5 per cent each. After raising its stake recently to 42.2 per cent for 24 million euros, Heineken said the move would not change UB's governance structure. However, analysts said the deal is being regarded by many as a possible move to take control of UB.
To be sure, relations between Mallya and Heineken are said to be cordial in the absence of any ownership or financial tussle between the two, said people aware of the matter. It's also understood that Mallya's chairmanship will remain unchallenged even if his stake fell.
The situation may change if regulatory issues arise over his continuance as chairman, said one of the persons cited above.
"If the regulator challenges his role at UB, that is the only time Heineken will take a call," the person said. "And that would call for reworking the agreement."
The Dutch company has first right of refusal on any shares that may be sold by Mallya or pledged equity that lenders may want to dispose of, according to an informal understanding, said people aware of the matter.
28 Мар. 2016