Today we are experiencing rapid growth in the economy of unsurpassed nature. This has been brought about by (amongst other things) the relaxation of foreign exchange policies and macro economic policies geared towards attracting foreign investors into the country. The fiscal and monetary policies of the government geared towards maintaining growth with social justice have largely contributed towards this, evidenced by our economy averaging a growth rate of 7% since 1990--very high by international standards.
The current drive and emphasis by the government on diversification of the industrial base away from the minerals sector presents an opportunity for Sedibeng Breweries to make a valuable contribution towards achieving this goal. This will result in implementation of modern production techniques and transfer of knowledge. Having undertaken a thorough and comprehensive research of the market we realized that there was a need for a manufacturer that focuses on producing affordable thirst quenching brew tailored to satisfying client's needs. Though there are breweries currently on the market, some of whom have been in existence for a relatively long period of time, we believe that there is a market need for one (ourselves in this instance) that particularly focuses on the low to medium earning individuals. We intend to provide products of extremely high quality--something that cannot be over-emphasized in the international arena with the current drive towards globalization. The marketing mix of the products has been carefully and strategically put together to position them in the market.
Aware of the fact that we will be operating in a predominantly monopolistic market structure we intend to ensure that our marketing strategies are considerate of the importance of the fit between our products capabilities and benefits, and the target market, so as to develop a strong sustainable competitive position in the market. As a result we intend to implement a niche marketing strategy, focusing on certain target markets, particularly in view of XX Breweries dominance on the market. Our initial overall target market share shall be 6% of the local market. This share will vary with the actual products, with ginger beer having a larger share than traditional beer due to its uniqueness.
We appreciate that entering such a market is not a bed of roses, particularly as it is monopolistic. Hence we intend to implement an aggressive marketing strategy, well supported by the other business functions. The above prognosis influenced our decision to enter the brewing industry.
Sedibeng Breweries will be focusing on the corporate and working class who appreciate good quality traditional beer. The working class will range from the miners who constitute a large portion of the market, to administrative personnel appreciative of good quality traditional beer. The corporate or managerial segment will constitute those managers who though aware of their image and reputation, want to put aside their ties and jackets after hours and/or on weekends to drink good traditional beer, easily accessible in the urban areas.
Our most important group of potential customers are those in the rural areas who often converge after hours to socialize and update one another on local news. These are potential customers who want to have an enjoyable time whilst drinking a good refreshing beverage. They do not want to waste their time making their own brew, but appreciate a good quality brew at a reasonable price.
We also intend to appeal to the foreign and local tourists who would be looking at experiencing traditional foods and drinks, a change from the usual beverages they often have.
Our marketing strategy will be based mainly on making the right product available to the right target customer. We will ensure that our products' prices take into consideration peoples' budgets, and that these people appreciate the product and know that it exists, including where to find it. The marketing will convey the sense of quality in every picture, every promotion, and every publication. There is already a sense of segment strategy in the way we define our target market. We are choosing to compete in areas that lend themselves to local competition, service and channel areas that match our strengths, and avoid our weaknesses.
Our strategy calls for the development of relationships with suppliers, distributors and retailers to support our business. Regular visits will be undertaken to these areas so as to ensure that we are meeting their expectations.
Our target markets are increasingly growing towards recognizing the difference between poor quality brews and those of high quality. This development is an important trend for us as it represents our target market. We now are having an increasing number of people who appreciate the traditional brews whilst living in the urban areas. With this in mind we intend to ensure that our packaging is respectable and attractive.
Today's extremely stressful work environment dictates that individuals consume healthy drinks especially in the summer season, this presents an opportunity that we may exploit, marketing the health aspect of our beverages.
Import statistics provide a reliable guide as to the size of the brewing industry. According to the Trade Department, the market has been growing at a steady rate of 7% per annum although it is projected to increase slightly in 1999 and 2000. According to the most recent Trade Department import statistics for beer and wine, total beer and wine imports stood at 10,421,968 liters ($14,473,000) in 1998 whilst total exports stood at 864,668 liters ($281,363) in the same year. This brought about a total market size estimated at just over 11,286,636 liters in 1998. Specifically, imports for traditional beer stood at 310,627 liters in 1998 which represented an increase of approximately 32.56% from the previous year (1997). In 1997 these imports had risen by approximately 66.14%.
Sedibeng Breweries will set out to provide good quality products that will help instill a jovial environment. Sedibeng Breweries intends to provide the customer with more than a drink to quench one's thirst. We intend to provide a quality brew that not only quenches one's thirst but enables one to enjoy themselves and be proud of it. The quality of raw materials and assembly technology evident in our products will serve to enhance the appearance of our customers, in turn adding to their status. The large market is due to the fact that opaque beer is traditional beer for most Botswana. It is consumed for social, ritual and ceremonial purposes and hence appeals to a vast majority of the rural population in particular.
Industry analysis information is presented in the following subtopics.
The key element in purchase decisions made at the Sedibeng Breweries customer level is the availability of an affordable, thirst-quenching product of good quality. The most important factor in this market is the distribution network. This is particularly so considering the good distribution network that XX Breweries Limited has in place enabling them to produce products that are constantly in demand throughout the country.
Being in a predominantly monopolistic market structure, competition in the brewery manufacturing market as a whole is not that intense (in terms of numbers) at the current time due to the dominance of XX Breweries Limited, which has been on the market for a relatively long period of time. Cognisance should also be taken of home brewers who represent competition on our intended market. However upon closer research we identified several niches in the market that we may exploit, not wanting to confront XX Breweries one-on-one.
In general, our competition will be stiff, as we intend to penetrate the low to medium earning customer. At the same time we shall be differentiating ourselves from XX Breweries. We intend to market ourselves in such a way that with time competitor customers will choose our products over competitors' on the basis of our higher quality, thirst-quenching brews. We shall now provide a more thorough outline of our main competitors in the same strategic group as ourselves, including their strengths and weaknesses.
XX Breweries Limited and ZZ Breweries - T Brewery Holdings
Arguably the largest and most reputable manufacturer, supplier and marketer of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in the country, XX Breweries has been on the market for a considerable period of time now. Part of the large and extremely reputable conglomerate, YY Breweries International, XX Breweries is currently the dominant domestic producers of beer, sorghum and Coca-Cola products in the country, with an overall market share of more than 95%. XX Breweries is able to take advantage of the financial, managerial and technical clout that it has through YY Breweries International. Due to its size it enjoys an economy of scale and thus the competitive advantage of being able to offer low priced beverages in large quantities to its target markets. YY Breweries International Africa enjoys strong cash flows in the form of royalty payments, management fees and dividends from its Botswana operations due to its dominance.
One of XX Breweries' main products is S traditional beer, which will be one of our main competitor products. S is currently mass marketed in the whole of Botswana and is popular amongst the rural and town folk. It is also present in the regional countries, including Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique, with current intentions of going beyond these borders. This is mainly because it is in its maturity stage and these efforts of going international are meant to extend its product life. However a frailty of S is that the product does not maintain freshness for a long period, which is debilitating when its intentions are export. Hence Sedibeng intends to take advantage of this weakness.
|XX Breweries||Gaborone||100+ Employees|
|XX Breweries||Lobatse||50-99 Employees|
|XX Breweries||Francistown||100+ Employees|
|XX Breweries||Gaborone||100+ Employees|
Recent financial results from T Brewery Holdings indicate that the organization as a whole has continued to perform exceptionally well on the back of a buoyant Botswana economy. Turnover grew by 42% whilst operating profit is up 60% from $21.5 million to $34.5 million. For the 12 months to 31 March 2000, volume growth exceeded non-mining GDP growth by more than 2%, resulting in turnover growth of 12%. According to the audited results, higher volumes and turnover coupled with greater productivity and stringent cost controls translated into excellent earnings growth. With this in mind we strongly believe that there is an extremely lucrative market we may exploit.