Vodka production in May fell by almost a third

Vodka production in May was 5.8 million dal, which is 30% less than the same period last year, from the data of Rosstat. The largest drop recorded in factories leaders. In Polish CEDC plant "Topaz"Reduced production by 60.6%, Siberian Distillery — by 48.1%, and the" Parliament production "- by 85.8%. The main company "Synergy" reduced output by 25-64,2%, said "Kommersant".

Volumes of production of vodka in Russia decreased from the beginning of the year: in January, the drop was 30.3% in February — 25.8% in March — 22.1%, in April — 17.9%. Then beverage companies attributed the decline large stocks made at the end of 2012, to a record increase in the excise tax on spirits. On January 1, the excise tax rose by 33% to 400 rubles. per 1 liter of absolute alcohol. Minimum retail price vodka on January 1, was also increased by 36% to 170 rubles. per 0.5 liter bottle. "All the predictions about that now all be sold stocks made before the end of 2012 and the fall of locks at least 10-15%, confirming not find" — recognizes the chairman of the Union of Alcohol Producers (SPAP) Dmitry Dobroff.  

A key factor affecting the market is the policy of the state, according to the CEDC. Last year, the top five players in the Russian vodka market accounted for 54.3% (in 2006 — only 26%), estimates the CEDC. The state continues to raise the excise tax, which affects the final price of a bottle of vodka in shops. Also in Russia continues to raise the price of alcohol, which from the beginning of 2010 was 115%, leading to an increase in production costs CEDC to $ 13.8 million in 2012 (to $ 18.1 million in 2011).

May’s sharp decline is partly due to the fact that a year ago at this time, alcohol producers have also released products for the future, preparing for the July indexation of excise duty, said the chairman of the board "Synergy" Alexander Mechetin. But, in his view, the performance in May was also influenced associated with an increase in excise tax and the cost of vodka reduction in consumer demand and renewed growth of the illegal market. "We see that the manufacturers of counterfeit revived and those who produces goods without excise duty," — said Mechetin.

Vice-President of "Russian Standard" Roubickova notes that the illegal market also began to smuggle vodka fed from neighboring Kazakhstan — Russian partner in the Customs Union. "There’s excise tax is 5 times less, so our market is very attractive for them," — he said.

The fight against illicit trade was one of the main tasks Rosalkogolregulirovaniya. Among the measures adopted by the PAP has been the introduction of minimum prices for vodka, cognac and other alcoholic beverages of a strength of more than 28 degrees, and the change in the system of taxation of spirits — the entire amount of the excise tax on alcohol was paid for his purchase of distilleries (formerly part of the excise duty paid distilleries). In February last year, PAP reported: the proportion of illegal vodka market is 24%. Previously experts rated it 50% or more. According to Alexander Mechetina now illegal market share is about 30%.

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