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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.

Russia. The Communists decided to remove the red star from the Heineken logo

Vadim Solovyev, the state Duma Deputy and chief lawyer of the CPRF, proposed to prohibit to use a five-pointed red star by foreign companies for their trademarks and logos. The corresponding appeal to the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev will be sent in the near future, the MP said to the «Lenta.ru».

“We're going to send a letter to the government on the protection of our symbols, including the red star, the symbol of victory, which is on our battle banners,” explained Soloviev, “Because sometimes are used for commercial purposes, and the state must ensure the protection of state symbols from the commercial use by foreign companies.”

According to him, foreigners «have nothing to do with our symbols». First of all it is necessary to prohibit the usage of the red star for the companies of those countries that support international sanctions against Russia, Soloviev said. The MP explained that the restrictions will affect domestic companies «only if they intentionally distort the symbols and use them in the incorrect».

Red star is present in the logos of a number of brands. The most popular foreign goods «with a star» on the Russian market is the Heineken beer. The emblem is used by the company since the nineteenth century.

In Russia, red star is a part of the Armed Forces flag, which depicts the state emblem ― the double-headed eagle in the center of the red cloth, and four stars in the corners. The symbol is also used in the logo of the TV channel «Zvezda».

6 Апр. 2016

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