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. ...
Machines for final packaging and palletising
Machines for final packaging and palletising
The final packaging of beverages is one of the most important selling points in the trade, as people are keen to buy goods that are attractive and practical. Consumers like to be able to choose, try products out, be surprised and won over by new flavours, new convenience packaging and new brands. New and constantly changing preferences have been leading to ever increasing product diversification for years. In parallel to this the stockpiling mentality has given way to spontaneous purchasing: consumers are buying small packs much more often, for example multipacks or individual bottles. These trends are having a serious effect on the entire process chain in the beverage industry – resulting in new demands for the industry with regard to final packaging and palletising in particular. A large number of exhibitors are displaying their latest packaging machinery and palletising equipment at drinktec 2009, World Fair for Beverage and Liquid Food Technology, from 14 to 19 September 2009 in Munich.
Over an area of 132,000 square metres, drinktec 2009 provides an complete overview of packing and unpacking machines, multipack assembly machinery, palletisers and depalletisers, discharging equipment, conveyors and magazines. Also being displayed are picking systems, warehousing systems, ground conveyors and transportation systems.
In addition the drinktec forum programme on Tuesday 15 September is focusing on everything to with the topic ‘Environment and packaging’ (Forum 1, Hall A2). One of the lecture blocks on Wednesday 16 September will be on ‘Practical operations: filling and packaging systems’, also in Forum 1, Hall A2. Simultaneous translation into German and English is available for all lectures.
Almost unlimited options
A wide range of packaging options is demanded today by the industry, and also by the trade and consumers: cans, glass or plastic containers in wrap-around cartons with or without separators, in a tray with or without film, on a cardboard base pad wrapped in film, packed in cardboard or just shrink-wrapped with no pad or tray. Shrink wrapping in particular is widely used and – a ‘weighty’ argument in these times of the carbon footprint – is relatively energy-saving. The thinner the film, the greater the saving, so development is tending towards extremely thin films. However the trend for material saving applies in general to all packaging materials, a fact that will also be corroborated at drinktec 2009.
The machine manufacturers are constantly optimizing the packaging machines needed to produce shrink packaging, with an eye on good accessibility, fast refit, good reproducibility, and to improve the shrinkage process to give good shrink quality and the aforementioned energy reduction.
On the other hand, multipack systems are on offer for wrap-around bottle clip packaging and basket packs. Continuously running multipack machines group cans and glass and plastic containers together and then fold pre-cut flat cardboard boxes around the containers.
Some packaging machines are designed on a modular principle so that users have a system set-up that is as flexible as possible to accommodate future tasks. If the technical solution can grow along with the user’s requirements, it makes it even easier to retrofit the packaging technology they might want in the future. Of course classic pick-and-place packer will also still be used, mainly for returnable systems, such as bottle crates.
Flexible container grouping and palleting
Before final palleting, the non-returnable containers that have just been manufactured must be grouped together appropriately. Various systems have been developed to group containers efficiently and flexibly, either using robotic systems or turning stations. It is also essential to be able to accommodate the increasing demand for orders that involve picking different types of containers, which will then be brought together on one pallet as a product mix.
The trend for flexible packaging units favours the use of robots for palleting machines. The more diverse the packaging and palletising task, the more relevant multifunctional robots become, as they can take on additional tasks such as inserting intermediate layers or preparing pallets.
Kai Pfeiffer of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Automation is speaking on the applications and potential of service robots on Wednesday 16 September from 3.00 to 3.30 pm in the drinktec forum in Hall A2.
By contrast, conventional machine technology with its layer processing continues to be a good alternative to robot technology, for high-performance tasks in particular. The last stage of final packaging is securing the fully laden pallets with bands, cords, winding film or shrink film.
A glance at the status quo shows that there is a huge variety of final packaging options and the appropriate machine technology to go with it. All these developments can be seen and directly compared at drinktec 2009. It will be exciting for visitors to see the many innovative processes.
Note: With around 1500 exhibitors from 70 countries – 10 more than 2005 – international participation in drinktec is greater than ever. The proportion of foreign exhibitors is 55 percent, also a new record!
drinktec is the World Fair for Beverage and Liquid Food Technology. It is the most important trade fair for the sector. Manufacturers and suppliers from all over the world – global companies and SMEs alike – meet up here with all the key producers and retailers of beverages and liquid food products. Within the sector drinktec is regarded as the number one platform for launching new products on the world market. The fact that the entire production chain is represented at drinktec emphasises the fair?s role as the world?s leading trade fair for the sector. Manufacturers come along to present the latest technology for producing, filling and packaging beverages of all kinds, as well as liquid food – including raw materials and logistics solutions. A special feature of drinktec is that entire machinery systems and plant are set up here and demonstrated in action – this kind of a display is unique to drinktec. drinktec 2009, which takes place at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre from 14 to 19 September 2009, is expected to attract around 1,500 exhibitors from around 70 countries, and around 70,000 visitors from over 160 countries.
Visitor statements about drinktec 2009:
drinktec is an absolute must-attend for anyone in the beverage industry. All the key suppliers in the world and their customers are there.
Mark Hammond, Senior Vice President and CFO, American Beverage Association, USA
drinktec offers visitors all the required information, all in one place and all at the same time – exhibitors, forums and conferences offering the solutions this industry needs. Everything is of the highest quality.
Dalia Kabeel, Foodstuff Sector Portfolio Manager, Egyptian Exporters Association – ExpoLink, Egypt
The kind of innovation and cutting-edge technologies that we got to see and experience in 2005 was simply invaluable. We shall be definite visitors to drinktec 2009.
Harshawardhan Apte, Managing Director, Apte Packaging, India
drinktec, that means: great service, impressive organisation, visitors are well looked after, an excellent venue, and a very modern and innovative trade-fair platform.
Ioannis Hatzijanellis, Product Manager, E. Skazikis – L. Marangos SA, Greece
drinktec has now become a key event for the dairy industry.
Dr. Thomas Westermair, Director of muva kempten, Germany
For me drinktec is quite simply the most important industry gathering. The exhibitors always seem to manage to present new developments and innovations at their stands.
Georg Schneider VI, Director, Private Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH (Schneider-Weisse), Germany
drinktec is the ideal place for a beverages company to raise its profile and expand its activities.
Nelson Eggers, President, Bebidas Fruki S.A., Brazil
For EMS Grivory, drinktec is superb. This trade fair presents the very latest from the industry. At drinktec we meet up with our international business partners and forge excellent new contacts. We also gather valuable new ideas and inspiration for our future business.
Hans-J?rg Caluori, Senior Manager global account, Business Unit EMS-GRIVORY, Ems-Chemie AG, Switzerland
drinktec is a priority for any company or person involved in beverage and associated liquid-food technologies.
Eddie Wepener, Marketing Manager, GEA Process Engineering (Pty) Ltd., South Africa
Further visitor statements can be found in press release no. 33, at http://www.drinktec.com/link/en/21720029#21720029
This press release is also available at: www.drinktec.com
Photos of drinktec can be downloaded from: http://media.messe-muenchen.de/drinktec/Standard_e/SelectCatalog_Presse.jsp
Your press contacts for drinktec 2009:
Johannes Manger and Christina Maier
Tel. (+49 89) 949-20630, Fax (+49 89) 949-20689