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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.

AB InBev Accepts Asahi Offer to Buy Grolsch, Peroni and Meantime Beer Brands

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV accepted Asahi Group Holdings Ltd.’s offer to buy the Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime beer brands for 2.55 billion euros ($2.9 billion), clearing another hurdle in for the European brewer’s efforts to win regulatory approval for the purchase of SABMiller Plc.

The purchase by Asahi, which covers the premium brands and their related businesses in Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and internationally, is conditional on the SABMiller deal going through, AB InBev said in a statement Tuesday. The companies announced on Feb. 10 that Asahi had made a binding offer.

The acquisition would be Asahi’s biggest, giving the brewer a foothold in Europe where it currently has no presence, and reducing its dependence on a domestic market hampered by a shrinking population. Asahi may face new challenges making inroads in the European market.

"The concern is how Asahi will do in Europe, as they have no experience there and beer history is much deeper there than in Asia," said Masashi Mori, a Tokyo-based analyst at Credit Suisse Group AG. "They have good experience in cost control in past acquisitions, but whether they can manage it from the European brand perspective, I’m still dubious."

Asahi closed 2 percent higher at 3,556 yen by the close of trading in Tokyo, before AB Inbev’s acceptance of the deal was announced. The shares have fallen 6.4 percent so far this year, compared with the 12 percent drop in the benchmark Topix index.

The sale would smooth the way for the Budweiser owner’s 72 billion-pound takeover of SABMiller by helping to clear antitrust hurdles in Europe.

19 Апр. 2016

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