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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. Vijay Mallya offers to repay Rs. 4,000 crore to banks by September

Businessman Vijay Mallya on Wednesday offered his debtor banks Rs. 4000 crore as partial settlement of his dues, even as he confirmed in the Supreme Court that he does not want to come home yet due to "surcharged atmosphere" against him fuelled by media reports.

In a proposal handed over to a Bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Nariman, Mr. Mallya and Kingfisher Airlines said they would part with Rs. 4,000 crore by September 2016 as an initial offer to a consortium of banks led by State Bank of India. Mr. Mallya owes over Rs. 9000 crore to the consortium.

The proposal, Mr. Mallya's lawyers led by senior advocate C.S. Vaidyanathan told the court, was a result of negotiations held through video conferences with the businessman, who is now abroad, as late as yesterday.

According to the consortium's lawyers, the proposal also mentions a payment of over Rs. 2000 crore on the basis of a pending suit filed by Mr. Mallya's businesses. Taking the proposal on record, the Bench gave the consortium a week's time to respond. "It is for you to tell us whether you reject this or not," Justice Nariman told the banks. Justice Kurian then asked whether Mr. Mallya is back in India or not. "Where are you? Are you back in India?" Justice Kurian asked.

"No. Media has vitiated the atmosphere. The atmosphere is so surcharged against me... There are cases in which media created such a surcharged atmosphere that even beatings have taken place... the less said the better," Mr. Vaidyanathan responded.

"Media ultimately stands for the public interest. They just want the money taken from the banks to be brought back..." Justice Kurian shot back.

Banks had approached the apex court earlier this month seeking to impound Mr. Mallya's passport and restrain him from the leaving the country.

But on the first day of hearing, Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi informed the court that Mr. Mallya had left the country. The apex court posted the matter for hearing on April 7.

30 Мар. 2016



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