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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.

Four of Hong Kong’s newest craft beer places – come thirsty, and hungry

Japanese and Australian breweries are among the latest entrants to Hong Kong’s ever growing craft beer scene, and beer flights and small glasses let drinkers sample a range of brews.


The craft beer craze continues in Hong Kong, with no shortage of new spots opening in the past year. Most sell the stuff in bottles, and some serve creative snacks too. We ran the rule over four places that have opened in the past month or so.

The Garage

Cordis Hong Kong, formerly the Langham Place Hotel in Mong Kok, has seized on the craft beer and food truck trends by parking two vintage Citroen vans on its terrace on the Lobby floor, called The Garage Bar. One serves beer and the other is a stationery food truck.

Craft beer connoisseurs can sample almost 40 varieties, including Hong Kong brews from Nine Dragons Brewery, Hong Kong Beer Co, Gweilo Beer, and Lion Rock Brewery, and international offerings such as Brooklyn East IPA, Kaiju! Robohop Golden IPA, and De Molen Hop.

We tried a beer flight of three beers (HK$95) – a pale ale from Thundergod, IPA from Black Kite and stout from Anchor Porter.


The food is creative, with the already popular crab and cheese melt sandwich (HK$145), chock full of crabmeat but not much gooey cheddar, though we liked the crunchiness of the French baguette.

The Hongkongese burger (HK$135) is a vertical food tower, with a very thick grilled beef patty, lettuce, tomato and peppers inside a Hong Kong-style pineapple bun made using charcoal and bamboo sourced from Taiwan. The bun has a slightly sweet taste.


A twist on the lobster roll has Boston lobster cooked tempura style (HK$165). All the dishes come with a side of sweet potato fries.


Tai Hang has a new spot for residents and hipsters alike to hang out. Young Master Ales has opened its second bar there. Its beers are stored at three different temperatures to ensure optimal flavour, and it serves them in 200ml, 330ml and 450ml glasses, with prices ranging from HK$42 to HK$110.

Imported draught beers include Salty Kiss, Betelgeuse, Stonecutter and Old Rasputin, while local ones include Young Masters’ hoppy and full-bodied 1842 Island Imperial IPA, floral and refreshing Mono Wit, and Rye on Wood, and beers from other breweries such as Moon Goddess, Hefeweizen, and Big Wave Bay.


The food here is a fun complement to the beer: HK French Toast, which comes with a slice of foie gras butter, mapo burrata (HK$138), and slow-braised lamb shoulder with Mexican adobo (HK$450) for three to five people to share.


Little Creatures

Craft brewery Little Creatures started in Fremantle, Western Australia, and has six locations Down Under. It has now landed in Kennedy Town in a large space where it makes three beers, including the original Pale Ale, and offers a full range of its bottled beers.

The brewery promises to include more seasonal beers and collaborations with other local craft breweries in the future.


Little Creatures offers Pale Ale, Pilsner, and IPA, White Rabbit white ale, and dark ale, as well as Orchard Crush cider. For those interested in sampling a flight, a tasting of six beers at 100ml each costs HK$100.

Food-wise, there are both healthy and indulgent items on the menu, from the smash avocado bowl with crispy tortilla, tomato and coriander, to the 6oz Angus burger, pizzas and grilled whole spring chicken.


The Japanese craft beer with the owl logo that was introduced to Hong Kong by Yardbird finally has its own Hong Kong brewery in Fo Tan. The label started in 1823 as a sake brewery, and beer production began in 1996.

Four to six styles of Hitachino Nest beer will be produced in Fo Tan, including one brew that will be exclusive to the city. Those wanting to learn more about beer production can join guided tours, where they can see the brewing equipment, meet the brewers and of course, taste beer straight from the tanks.


8 Сен. 2016



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