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SNACK SALES IN UKRAINE UP IN 2017-2018 – NIELSEN

Sales of snacks on the Ukrainian market grew by 6.8% in unit value in the period from April 2017 through March 2018, Nielsen research company has reported.
According to a retail audit report by Nielsen, the retail grew by almost the same figure as in April 2016 through March 2017 – by 6.1%. The pace of sales growth in nominal value increased from April 2017 through March 2018 by 24.7%, and in 2016-2017 – by 14.3%.
The potato crisps segment made the main contribution to the growth of the snack market, occupying 34% in nominal value and 23.3% in unit value – its sales grew by 29% and 21% in nominal value and in unit value respectively. A year ago the sales growth was 17.1% and 5.9% respectively.
The sunflower seeds segment is the largest segment in sales in unit value – the share of total sales is 36.2%, and in nominal value – 26.3%. From April 2017 through March 2018, sales grew by 16.1% in nominal value and fell by 6.6% in unit value. “Private labels on the snack market are widely presented: the share of total sales is 11.5% in nominal value and 17.1% in unit value
Hypermarkets and supermarkets occupy the largest share of total channels – 50.2% in nominal value and 53.6% in unit value.
According to Nielsen, growth of snacks is seen in hypermarkets and supermarkets: by 17.3% in unit value and 36.8% in nominal value. Mini-markets showed a rise of 10.3% in unit value and 31.2% in nominal value.

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LARGEST SUGAR PRODUCER INCREASES SALES BY 13%

Astarta agro-industrial holding, the largest sugar producer in Ukraine, increased sugar sales by 13% in April-June 2018 compared to the same period in 2017, to 91,740 tonnes, the company said on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
According to a press release, sales of corn fell by 5%, to 97,990 tonnes, wheat from 80,710 tonnes to 1,510 tonnes, barley from 4,310 tonnes to 70 tonnes, whereas sunflower rose by 3.3 times, to 25,920 tonnes.
Sales of soybean oil decreased by 14%, to 9,240 tonnes, soybean meal by 11%, to 35,880 tonnes, milk by 1%, to 26,410 tonnes.
The company says that at the same time average sugar prices for this period decreased by 23%, those for wheat by 16%, for soybean oil by 2%, for corn increased by 14%, for sunflower and milk by 11%, for soybean meal by 15%.
Taking into account the given data, the total sales of these products by Astarta in the second quarter of this year amounted to UAH 2.5 billion, which is 10.9% less than in the second quarter of last year.

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WORLD’S LARGEST EXPORTER OF SUNFLOWER OIL KERNEL RAISES OIL SALES BUT CUTS GRAIN SALES IN 2018

Kernel, one of the largest Ukrainian agricultural groups, in the fiscal year of 2018 (FY, July-June), reduced grain sales by 8.2% compared to the previous FY, to 4.646 million tonnes. According to the company’s website, sales of bulk sunflower oil in the 2018 FY increased by 20.1%, to 1.301 million tonnes, bottled sunflower oil decreased by 9.7%, to 118.6 million liters.
During this period, the holding processed 3.136 million tonnes of sunflower seeds, which is 6% more than in the 2017 FY.
In April-June of the 2018 FY sales of bulk oil increased by 37.3%, to 386,640 tonnes, bottled sunflower oil decreased by 16.3%, to 32.8 million liters compared to the same period last year.
Grain sales in the fourth quarter of the 2018 FY rose by 64.3% over the same period last FY, to 1.573 million tonnes.
Grain transshipment at the group’s export terminals in the 2018 FY decreased by 0.6%, to 6.06 million tonnes, in the fourth quarter it increased by 12.6%, to 1.61 million tonnes.
Kernel is the world’s largest producer and exporter of sunflower oil, the leading producer and supplier of agricultural products from the Black Sea region to the world markets.

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PHARMACY SALES IN UKRAINE 36% UP

Pharmacy sales in Ukraine in the first half of 2018 in monetary terms increased by 36% compared to the same period in 2017 and amounted to UAH 43.011 billion. Business Credit told Interfax-Ukraine that during this period sales in natural terms increased by 5%, to 780.737 million packs.
According to the company, retail sales of medicines in the first half of the year in monetary terms increased by 38%, to UAH 35.454 billion, in natural terms by 16%, to 530.846 million packs.
The average weighted price of all categories of goods of pharmacy retail sales in January-June amounted to UAH 53.8, medicines some UAH 66.8, the increase compared to the first half of 2017 amounted to 30% and 19% respectively.
In June 2018, pharmacy sales of all product categories in monetary terms rose by 23% compared to the same period in 2017, to UAH 6.256 billion, in natural terms decreased by 2%, to 116.249 million packs. Sales of medicines in money terms grew by 25%, to UAH 5.101 billion, in natural terms by 6%, to 76.338 million packs.

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AGROHOLDING MHP CUTS CHICKEN MEAT SALES – LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE

Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP) sold 153,140 tonnes of chicken meat to third parties in April-June 2018 (Q2), which is 3% less than in April-June 2017. Sales of chicken meat in the first half of the year increased by 2%, to 288,440 tonnes, the company said in a report on the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday.
Poultry production volumes in Q2 2018 increased by 7% to 155,725 tonnes (Q2 2017: 145,820 tonnes) and in H1 2018 increased by 7% to 307,890 tonnes (H1 2017: 287,694 tonnes), due to increased production of heavier chicken and decreased share of thinning, the report said.

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PHARMACY SALES IN MONEY TERMS GROW BY 38% IN JAN-MAY

Pharmacy sales in Ukraine in January-May 2018 in money terms grew by 38% compared to the same period in 2017, to UAH 36.607 billion.
Sales in physical terms increased by 6% in January-May 2018, to 654.188 million packs, the Business Credit company told Interfax-Ukraine.
According to the company, in particular, retail sales of medicines in money terms increased by 41%, UAH 30.3563 billion, sales in packages grew by 18%, to 454.508 million packs.
The average price of goods in the so-called “pharmacy basket” for the first five months of 2018 was UAH 55.96 for the package, the average price of medicines was UAH 66.78 for the package.
In May 2018, pharmacy sales amounted to UAH 6.579 billion, which is 26% more than a year earlier, medicines sales increased by 28%, to UAH 5.441 billion.

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