Dmitry Nekrasov’s Philosophy — on the Past, Present and Future of Ukrainian Brewing IndustryA meeting with Dmitry Nekrasov always turns into a training course: “Introduction to brewing business“. We are talking to a clever “playing trainer“ a person that can be called a godfather of the Ukrainian craft. He has a dozen of successful projects to his name. Dmitry told us about craft beer in Ukraine, on market cycles, on specifity of operating in retail and HoReCa, on union of Ukrainian brewers and certainly, how a brewery of his own, First Dnipro Brewery is doing.
The market of import beer in Russia: review and databasesThe market of import beer is rapidly growing and changing. But while in the past years it was growing due to brands variety, in 2019 major and affordable brands from TOP-10 were developing actively. It seems that the fact of a brand origin from far abroad counties, even if it is not well known but has moderate price and good distribution provides for million liters of sales in the territory of Russia. Among distributors AB InBev Efes was far behind, yet the role of Baltika and suppliers of the second row got more important. The boom of German brands was followed by stagnation of import from other traditional regions (and Belarus) instead the supplies from Mexico, Lithuania and Asian countries grew considerably.
Russia: Positions of Brewing CompaniesThe 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 brandsIn 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 2019During 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.
The trend of complication of Russian beer market is going on and in several directions at the same time. The range has got wider, the import and small segments are growing, namely craft beer, alcohol-free beer and special flavor beer. At the same time, all ex-mega brands and light lagers by Russian brewers are experiencing a decline of their shares. AB InBev Efes, Heineken, MBC and Pivzavod Trekhsosenskiy have exceeded the market, Carlsberg was developing slower than the market and Ochakovo as well as some other mid-sized breweries have been cutting down their volumes. To a big extent brewers’ performance was connected to their ability to reach agreement with networks, sacrifice their margin and enter new markets. Craft brewers are facing a serious danger of producers’ registration introduction – de facto licensing. ...
New survey shows Russians want traditional Russian beer
Along with the revival of Russian winemaking (76% spoke in favor), the majority of Russians would like to return to the traditions of Russian breweries (58%). At the same time, the very same concepts in relation to vodka and moonshine polled much lower, at just 45 and 26 percent, respectively.
Among the population, the most common statement (opinion) is that most of the beers on the shelves in Russian stores are produced in Russia using foreign technologies rather than the opposite (44% vs. 37% respectively). Meanwhile, 72% of respondents would like to see more of traditionally Russian beer on the shelves, while foreign-born suds is not as popular, polling at only 31%.
35% of Russians believe the most promising area for the domestic brewers is in the revival of Russian brewing traditions. The idea of attracting foreign specialists and using their experience was supported by significantly fewer Russians (11%).
More than half of Russian citizens (53%) consume beer in general. The most appropriate situation for the consumption of this drink is considered to be in social settings (68%). In other cases, the majority of respondents believe beer drinking is inappropriate during: sporting events (59%), Christmas (58%) and various other religious (77%) holidays. 93% unanimously agreed that drinking beer at any time of the day is inappropriate.
A telephone survey poll was conducted upon request of the Private Book Museum on May 31, April 1, and 4 June 4-5, 2016. The survey covered a basic stratified random sample of fixed and mobile numbers with a volume of 1,600 respondents. The selection was based on a complete list of phone numbers associated with the Russian Federation. For this sample, the maximum level of error with a probability of 95% does not exceed 2.5%. In addition, the sampling of error bias in the survey data could have contributed to the wording of questions and the various circumstances that arose in the course of field work.
|Let's talk about the tradition of the manufacture of alcoholic beverages. Now, I will read out the names of drinks and ask you to tell me whether or not to revive the tradition of making this particular beverage in our country. (Close-ended question, one answer per each line,%.)|
|Rather yes||Rather no||Can’t say|
|Some believe that the majority of beer sold in Russia is produced by traditional Russian technology, while others believe that foreign. What judgment is more consistent with your point of view? (Close-ended question, one answer,%)|
|Most of the beer sold in Russia, produced by Russian traditional technologies||37|
|Most of the beer sold in Russia is produced by foreign traditional technologies||44|
|Now I will list you the different types of beer, and ask you to say if you like or do not to see this beer on the shelves in Russian stores? (Close-ended question, one answer per each line,%)|
|Rather yes||Rather no||Other||Can’t say|
|Beer produced by Russian traditional technologies||72||20||4||4|
|Beer produced by Russian traditional technologies but abroad||42||48||3||7|
|Beer produced by foreign traditional technologies abroad||36||56||4||4|
|Beer produced by foreign traditional in Russia||31||51||8||10|
|If the direction of development of the industry of brewing in Russia depend on you, what would you do first? (Close-ended question, one answer,%)|
|The first I would begin to adopt Russian tradition of brewing production||35|
|First would purchase modern equipment for the production of beer||16|
|First would develop unique recipes of brewing and would launch them into production||16|
|Firs would attract foreign specialists and would use their experience and knowledge for the development of the industry||11|
|Do you drink beer, and if so, how often? (Close-ended question, one answer,%)|
|All||18-24 yo||25-34yo||35-44 yo||45-59 yo||60 and older|
|Several times per week||6||2||9||10||7||1|
|2-3 per month||13||17||20||18||6||11|
|Once in a mo||14||19||13||18||11||13|
|Less than once in a mo||20||18||22||15||26||18|
|Now I'll read you situations to find out if each situation is appropriate or not for the use of beer in this situation (close-ended question, one answer per each line,%)|
|Rather yes||Rather no||Can’t say|
|Meeting with friends||68||31||1|
|The other public holidays (May 1, May 9, June 12, 4 November, 8 March, on February 23)||44||53||3|
|At family events (wedding, anniversary, birth of a child, anniversary, etc.)||40||58||2|
|When watching sports events||38||59||3|
|While the national and religious holidays (Carnival, Easter, etc.)||21||77||2|
|Whenever having a meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner)||6||93||1|
4 Июл. 2016