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. ...
India. Bangalore: To be ale and hearty
Sooner or later, things will hopefully get 'bitter'. The place covers a fairly large area - at the centre is an alfresco section, with long tables that are perfect for the shared table concept of a conventional biergarten. Surrounding this, but a level above, is a mix of seating options - bar stools, plush sofas for lounging, and functional seating. The bright lights and the green glow give a lively feel to the place, the music is upbeat and the overall ambiance is quite relaxing. The courteous and accommodating service also helps.
Entree: The craft beer wasn't available, but there were enough options to keep our spirits up. From the house specials, we tried a Southern Wild. The rum based drink with orange bitters, lime chunks and sugar, was well balanced, and the curry leaves added just the right zing. The Exotic Punch was a rather sweet fruit punch - peach, mango and orange flavours - with vodka.
The look and the feel of the menu - in terms of form as well as colours used - reminded us of a microbrewery nearby. But the menu itself was different and had a multitude of cuisines. The Char Siu Bao arrived first, and if it hadn't been for the overly clingy paper square that refused to be separated from the bun, this would have been perfect! But in terms of taste, the steamed BBQ pork was undeniably fantastic. The Biergarten sausages had to be tried, and though the assorted sausages were only average, the potato salad and the sauerkraut that came with it, over delivered, largely thanks to the bacon in the latter! The Tellicherry Pepper Prawns had flavourful, soft meat, and though there was a tinge of coconut flavour, the overall taste, we felt, was more Chettinad than Kerala. The veg version of Yakitori Skewers was a pleasant surprise - superbly cooked tofu and shitake with a wonderful hot and sweet sauce. The Orange Scented Spiced Chargrilled Chicken was the only minor disappointment, not because it lacked in taste, but more because we really couldn't discern any orange zest flavour. It was just a well-cooked tandoori chicken.
Main Course: The Smoked Chicken and Pesto pizza seemed a good place to start, and our faith was rewarded with an excellent thin crust pizza with grilled chicken, pesto sauce and mozzarella. The only misfit was the peppercorn, which when bit into, actually took away from the dish. From a standard pasta menu, we tried a Sundried Tomato & Mushroom Risotto. Well cooked rice with parmesan made for a rich, delicious dish! The Lamb Prik Thai was the absolute opposite in terms of flavours - bird eye chilli, and lemon leaves providing a fine tang and spice combination. Our nemesis, the green peppercorn, was here too, but we were wiser now and avoided it. The lamb was cooked perfectly and the only issue we had with this otherwise superb dish was the inconsistent spread of the chilli. The Stir Fried Pork Chilli Pork Chops was the table favourite - succulent pork served with sticky rice that did a fantastic complementary job.
Desserts: The Biergarten Deconstructed Black Forest Cake was an obvious choice and it didn't disappoint at all. Superb mix of texture and flavours, with wonderful dark chocolate and "nutties" flavours popping up in between, I really liked this! But the table was divided on desserts - the ladies loved the Red Velvet Coconut Cheese Cake, smooth, light and with a mild coconut flavour.
In a nutshell: The prices are a bit on the higher side, especially the house cocktails, but in all the dishes we tried, there wasn't really anything that we found bad. A good time to mention that the plating was really good, especially the starters. The ambiance is vibrant yet relaxing, and the service was excellent and absolutely prompt even with the place being practically full. In short, if the craft beer turns out to be as good as everything else here, it's reason for more cheers in yeast Bangalore!
26 Авг. 2016