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3-2019

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. Maharashtra alcohol makers to slash output

Brewers and distillers in the Aurangabad belt of Maharashtra are expected to slash production, in the wake of the Bench of the high court directing the state government to impose a 60 per cent water cut on them between April 27 and June 10.

The Aurangabad cluster happens to be a key one for alcoholic beverage makers, as are Alwar in Rajasthan and Medak in Telangana. There are 16 distilleries and breweries in the Aurangabad belt, including those of Carlsberg, SABMiller, United Breweries (UB), United Spirits Ltd (USL), and Radico Khaitan.

While Carlsberg, USL, and Radico Khaitan were not available for comments, a spokesperson for SABMiller India said, "We are following all directions laid down by the authorities to manage the situation. In Aurangabad, as in our other operations, we are adopting innovative technologies and implementing best practices to reduce, re-use and recycle the water.” An email to UB got no response till the time of going to press.

Sector sources say a production cut is imminent, as it takes five litres of water to produce a litre of beer. A 60 per cent cut, they say, will cripple production, especially during the peak summer season when capacities normally run full steam. Typically, beer makers derive a third of annual sales during summer.

The Indian beer market in terms of volume sales is estimated to be 284-285 million cases. One case consists of 12 bottles of 650 ml each. UB, SABMiller, and Carlsberg are the top three in India, with an estimated market share of 52 per cent, 27 per cent, and 15 per cent, respectively.

Alcohol and beverage makers privately say they are soft targets, owing to the negative perception of the business. "There are other heavy users of industrial water but I don't think the attention is on them to the extent it is on us," said a senior official of a top beer company. Some of the other heavy users of industrial water in India include thermal power plants, cement, iron and steel units, bottled water and soft drinks, and apparel.

While some breweries are believed to be sourcing water from tankers for now, this is unlikely to be sustainable for long.

28 Апр. 2016

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