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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.

India. Excise department to fix working hours for beer and wine parlours in Kerala

Though subsequent governments have initiated no curbs in issuing licence for beer-wine parlours in the state, there is no rule to regulate the working hours of beer and wine parlours. This would mean that under existing rules, beer and wine parlours can technically function 24 hours a day.

The excise department has initiated proceedings for plugging this major loophole in the existing foreign liquor rules.The excise department has requested the government to fix the working hours of beer and wine parlours, the numbers of which have increased substantially after the previous UDF government closed down over 400 bars. The excise department's proposal is pending before the government.

According to the rule 28 of the foreign liquor rules, bar hotels (FL-3 licences) can operate only from 9.30am to 10pm. The rule at the same time gives some more leverage to the beverages corporation outlets (FL-1) as these are allowed to be opened from 9am to 11pm. But, the rules do not mention the time limit for beer and wine (FL-11) shops. The excise deputy commissioners are empowered to fix the working hours of FL-1shops in each area, subject to the condition that the working hours do not exceed 12 hours a day. The deputy commissioners have also been given powers to relax the time schedules during fairs and festivals.Despite this concession given to the FL-1shops, Bevco outlets in the state are open for 11 hours, from 10 am to 9 pm. But even here, there is no mention of regulation of working hours of beer or wine parlours by deputy commissioners.

At present, the department has allowed them to function by following bar timings.

But, it won't stand legal scrutiny if someone challenges the enforcement of working hours in court.

5 Сен. 2016



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