Three year market performance summary of the SABMiller Ukrainian branch (Translation)
6 July 2011
On July 4, 2008, SABMiller plc, one of the leaders brewers in the world, entered the Ukrainian market, having bought «Sarmat» enterprise. During the last three years, the private company «Miller Brands Ukraine», a new branch of SABMiller, has completely modernised the acquired facilities and integrated the company into the global structure of the group, as well as introduced several new brands of the global SABMiller portfolio to the Ukrainian market.
One of the initial priorities of the Ukrainian branch was the implementation of the international quality standards of SABMiller at every production stage (from raw materials purchase to packing ready goods). To achieve this goal, $ 38.7 mln have been invested during these 3 years. At present, «Miller Brands Ukraine» is made of only natural ingredients, using classical recipes and observing Reinheitsgebot, the traditional German code of beer purity, approved in the XVI century.
Thanks to the unique system of water purification, water at the Ukrainian branch of SABMiller is virtually identical to Plzen water of the Czech republic, the reference standard in beer making.
The high quality of «Miller Brands Ukraine» is confirmed by the experts of the International Taste and Quality Institute, Brussels, Belgium: in 2010-2011 the beer produced at the Ukrainian branch of SABMiller received a Superior Taste Award.
The international food products safety management system ISO 22000:2005 has been in effect at «Miller Brands Ukraine» since March 2010.
The list of the brands acquired by SABMiller after having bought «Sarmat» has also changed. The company has continued developing «Sarmat» as the most promising regional brand, after discontinuing «Dnipro» and «Drive Max» brands. Besides «Sarmat», the portfolio of «Miller Brands Ukraine» includes «Zhigulevskoe» (produced at Donetsk using the classical recipe since 1962) and «Dobry Shubin» (original semi-dark beer named after the legendary kind spirit of the mines).
At the same time, the company puts special emphasis on premium class products by promoting popular licensed brands from the SABMiller global portfolio: Miller Genuine Draft, Redd's, Zolotaya Bochka, Velkopopovicky Kozel and Amsterdam Mariner.
Being a socially conscious company, «Miller Brands Ukraine» promotes responsible drinking, opposes selling beer to minors and participates in educational projects to prevent alcohol abuse.
Aside from that, «Miller Brands Ukraine» takes an active part in a sustainable development programme. Taking into account the local priorities, it's extremely important for the company in the Ukraine to protect water resources. At present, in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and German society for technical cooperation (GTZ) the company is implementing a programme of efficient water resources management.
The future plans of «Miller Brands Ukraine» include sales and distribution development in the Ukraine and neighbouring markets. Development of the premium brands will remain the priority for the company, taking into account the economic attractiveness of the given segment and strong role of the SABMiller parent company in many countries.
«During three years in the Ukrainian market we have gone the long way, having integrated a regional company into the structure of one of the world brewing leaders. By becoming a part of SABMiller, we gained multiple advantages, for example, an opportunity for Ukrainian consumers to choose interesting beer brands from the impressive portfolio of the parent company», stated Igor Tikhonov, General Manager of «Miller Brands Ukraine». «These days we are strengthening the local brands, launching new licensed brands, developing the premium niche. The growth rates bring us hope, we are growing faster than the market and are hoping to retain the growth dynamics.»
Corporate Affairs Manager, Miller Brands Ukraine, a subsidiary of SABMiller plc
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About SABMiller plc
SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers with brewing interests and distribution agreements across six continents. The group's wide portfolio of brands includes premium international beers such as Pilsner Urquell, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Miller Genuine Draft and Grolsch, as well as leading local brands such as Aguila, Castle, Miller Lite, Snow and Tyskie. SABMiller is also one of the world's largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products.
About Miller Brands Ukraine
PJSC Miller Brands Ukraine is a subsidiary of SABMiller plc. In July 2008, SABMiller plc acquired 99.84% of JSC Sarmat. At the end of 2010, the company changed the name from JSC Sarmat to PJSC Miller Brands Ukraine. The brand portfolio of Miller Brands Ukraine includes local brands like Sarmat and Zhygulivske, as well as well-known international brands: Miller Genuine Draft (imported), Zolotaya Bochka (Russian premium brand, produced in Ukraine under licence), Velkopopovicky Kozel (Czech premium brand, produced in Ukraine under licence) and Amsterdam Mariner (Dutch brand, produced in Ukraine under licence).
This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on www.sabmiller.com. We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist.
Note, the news release was first published in its local market on [04/07/2011].