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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. Stake hike doesn’t change UBL governance structure: Heineken

Amid speculations that Heineken could take control of Vijay Mallya-led United Breweries Ltd, the Dutch beer maker today said its increasing stake in UBL to 43 per cent recently will not result in any changes in Indian brewer's governance structure.

Mall"Heineken can confirm that it has acquired in total 21,15,088 UBL shares... The transaction increases Heineken's stake in UBL from 42.2 per cent to 43 per cent...It does not result in any changes to the UBL governance structure," a Heineken spokesperson told PTI in an emailed response.

The spokesperson further said: "Heineken continues to be positive about the prospects of the business in India. India has highly favourable demographics with strong economic fundamentals, so the market remains an exciting opportunity for continued growth."

Last week, Heineken International consolidated its stake in UBL by picking up over 21 lakh shares of Vijay Mallya-led firm for Rs 179 crore through open market transactions.

The spokesperson said Heineken had acquired in total 21,15,088 UBL shares.

"We acquired 6,00,000 UBL shares from Yes Bank for Rs 847 per share, 8,52,548 UBL shares from ECL Finance for Rs 845 per share and an additional 6,62,540 UBL shares from ECL Finance for Rs 847 per share, respectively... The total price was 24 million euro," he added.

Earlier this month, Vijay Mallya left India for the UK amid growing clamour for recovery of over Rs 9,000 crore dues to banks by now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines.

Since then, there have been speculations that Heineken, being the largest investor in UBL, is looking to increase its stake and also take control of the company.

Mallya is under pressure to pay-off the dues. In a stern warning to wilful defaulters like Vijay Mallya, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that they should settle their dues honourably with the banks or else be ready to face "coercive action" by lenders and investigative agencies.

"I don't want to make any comments on individual cases but I think it's a responsibility of large groups like his (Vijay Mallya's) to honourably settle their dues with the banks," he had told PTI in an interview here.

30 Мар. 2016



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