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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. Bihar brings in new law to ban alcohol

The state government in Bihar headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday brought a new law to ban alcohol in the state barely two days after the Patna High Court had quashed its previous total prohibition order.

Today being Sunday, chief minister Kumar held a special meeting of his Cabinet to notify the new Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016 to impose total ban on sale and consumption of alcohol with immediate effect. Experts say the new law is even harsher than the previous one revoked by the court.

“The ban on alcohol will continue further in Bihar as it has brought a sort of social revolution in the state and its impact is quite visible,” the chief minister told the media after implementing the new law.

Stating that the liquor ban has brought tremendous changes on various fronts, Kumar said around Rs100 billion (Dh5.5 billion) which was being wasted on buying liquor was now being spent on constructive works. “This has improved the economic condition of the masses,” he claimed.

On Friday, the Patna High Court had struck down the state government’s order imposing total prohibition in the state, terming it as “illegal” in what many believed was a major setback to the chief minister.

The court passed the order while hearing a bunch of petitions filed by various organisations which had termed state government’s new prohibition law as “draconian” and sought for amendments.

The ruling Nitish Kumar government in Bihar had imposed total ban on sale, consumption and manufacture of liquor in April this year after a new excise and prohibition bill was passed from both houses of the Bihar state assembly.

Initially, the government had imposed total ban on county-made liquor but soon later it also put blanket ban on all kinds of liquor.

Earlier this month, Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent for the new Prohibition and Excise Bill about a month after it was sent to him for approval.

3 Окт. 2016



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