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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. Liquor ban may hit foreign tourists

There is an apprehension of decline in the number of tourists, particularly foreigners, visiting Bihar after total prohibition in the state from Tuesday. Thousands of pilgrims and tourists visit places like Bodh Gaya, Nalanda, Rajgir and Vaishali every year.

Liquor would not be served even at the Asian countries monasteries in Bodh Gaya. More than two dozen such monasteries of Tibet, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, South Korea and Myanmar are located in Bodh Gaya. Most of the hotels and guesthouses served beer in their restaurants.

"Foreign visitors usually carry their own brand of liquor/beer/wine. Now, it would be a stupendous task for us to persuade them to stay and visit more historical/tourist places in Bihar," said a hotel agent at Rajgir, adding that they will prefer to stay at Varanasi or Kolkata.

There is also a great apprehension about police extorting money from people in the name of consuming liquor, feels a private guesthouse owner in Bodh Gaya.

The private guesthouse in the city residential areas also served liquor of the guest's choice. A large number of people from NGOs and corporate world used to get their choice of drinks in these guesthouses, a manager of a guesthouse in S K Puri locality said.

"People may obtain liquor from even a hardware and automobile repair shop at a premium price," said an erstwhile liquor shop vendor. "The decision to sell foreign made foreign liquor or wine or low-content alcohol like Breezer from state-run liquor shops in Bihar was only to lure high income group people or to attract visiting tourists on the pattern of Delhi or any other big cities. But now there is no scope for that also," said an MNC executive.

7 Апр. 2016



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