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3-2019

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.

Vietnam. Government seeks review of Sabeco Deputy CEO appointment

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has directed the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) to review the appointment of Mr. Vu Quang Hai, Deputy CEO of the Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Joint Stock Corporation (Sabeco).

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Mr. Binh asked the ministry to inspect and clarify the legal basis, criteria and procedures relating to the appointment of Mr. Hai and report to the Office of the Government before November 1.

As VET reported previously, the appointment of Mr. Hai, the son of the former Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang, has sparked controversy.

He was appointed as Deputy CEO of Sabeco in early 2015 when he was just 28 years of age. He took up the position of CEO of the PetroVietnam Finance Investment JSC (PVFI) when he was only 25.

“The appointment of Mr. Hai is completely illegal,” Mr. Nguyen Hoang Hai from the Vietnam Association of Foreign Investors (VAFI) told VET.

Former Minister Hoang, meanwhile, has insisted that he did not suggest his son be appointed to the position. “Sabeco proposed the appointment in accordance with procedures,” he said.

He added that PVFI had recorded losses of over VND200 billion ($9 million) before his son became CEO. “These losses are not his responsibility,” he told local media.

VAFI called for Mr. Hai’s dismissal as Deputy CEO of Sabeco on June 14, due to his inexperience and the “illegality” of his appointment.

It noted that PVFI’s losses of VND155 billion ($6.97 million) in 2011 and VND67 billion ($3 million) in 2012 were under Mr. Hai’s stewardship.

Though PVFI was viewed as “nearly bankrupt” at this time, he was moved to the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency after one year and shortly afterwards became Sabeco’s Deputy CEO.

VAFI also believes there are problems in Sabeco and the Hanoi Alcohol and Beverage Corporation (Habeco) being equitized nearly eight years ago but not yet being under the management of the State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC), as requested several times.

MoIT recently announced a plan to sell State capital in Sabeco and Habeco. Habeco will divest all of its State capital, worth VND9 trillion ($405 million), this year.

The sale of State capital at Sabeco, meanwhile, will be carried out in two phases. The first will divest 53.59 per cent of State stakes, worth VND24 trillion ($108 billion), this year, and the second will sell 36 per cent, worth VND16 trillion ($720 million), next year.

5 Окт. 2016

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