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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.

Carlsberg Sales Fall Flat as Brewer Cautions on Russia, Asia

Carlsberg A/S, the maker of Tuborg beer, reported first-quarter sales that disappointed investors as it offered a gloomier outlook for eastern Europe and Asia.

Beer volumes fell 2 percent, missing analysts’ estimates, as declines in Asia and western Europe offset a temporary rebound in its troubled Russian unit, the world’s fourth-largest brewer said in a statement Wednesday. Carlsberg maintained its full-year profit forecast but that wasn’t enough to buoy the shares, which declined as much as 3.5 percent in Copenhagen, the most in almost three months.

The company’s 20 percent growth rate in eastern Europe is unsustainable,” as it was boosted by an easy comparison with the same period a year ago, Chief Executive Officer Cees ’t Hart said on a call with reporters. “The CEO’s comments about the current Russian pricing environment were quite cautious,” Eddy Hargreaves, an analyst at Canaccord Genuity, said by e-mail.

Revenue growth in eastern Europe was double what analysts estimated, as volume rebounded in Russia after Carlsberg lowered the price of its namesake lager. The beermaker also continued a cost-cutting drive by announcing a shift of 300 back-office jobs to India. The quantity of beer sold in Asia, which Carlsberg has touted as a profit driver, could decelerate, Christopher Warmoth, the company’s new head of strategy and a former regional director for Asia, said in an interview.

Twelve out of 15 divisions are spending less than their target budget, the company said, with further brewery closures planned in China. Beer volumes declined 1 percent in Asia, hurt by a decelerating market.

The shares fell 3.2 percent to 617.5 kroner at 11:46 a.m. in the Danish capital, trimming their gain this year to 0.9 percent.

Sales in western Europe, which accounts for two-thirds of the company’s revenue, declined by 3 percent after retailers including British supermarket chain Tesco Plc delisted Carlsberg products. That missed the analyst estimate of a 2.6 percent drop.

The company sees a negative foreign-exchange impact of 550 million kroner ($84 million) this year compared with a previous expectation of 600 million kroner. Net revenue rose 2 percent on an adjusted basis to 13 billion kroner.

12 мая. 2016



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