Efes Beverage Group
|Traded as||Borsa İstanbul|
|Products||Beers, Malt Drinks, Low Alcohol Drinks, Soft Drinks|
|Revenue||836.2 million USD (03/2008)|
Number of employees
Anadolu Efes produces and markets beer and malt and non-alcoholic beverages in a wide geographical area comprising Turkey, Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Anadolu Efes is a member of the Anadolu Group. Anadolu Group was founded in the early 1950s by the Özilhan and Yazıcı families. Exhibiting a rapid and sustainable growth since its inception, the Anadolu Group transformed into a holding company in 1969.
Commencing its operations in Turkey in 1969, Anadolu Efes has been the market leader since the 1980s. From the 1990s onwards the company expanded its operations overseas; this in itself can be considered as a turning point. Anadolu Efes Continuing its operations in order to ensure commercial sustainability in the global market, Anadolu Efes increased its strength in the foreign markets by entering into a strategic partnership with SABMiller. With the agreement signed in 2012, Anadolu Efes hatook over SABMiller's operations in Russia and Ukraine and became the second largest beer manufacturer in Russia.
Anadolu Efes currently continues its operations as a global company, which exports three quarters of its production. In terms of sales volume, it is the 6th largest brewer in Europe, and the 11th largest in the world. Exporting products to over 70 countries, Anadolu Efes is one of the key players in the region with a total of 15 breweries, six malt production facilities and one hops processing facility across Turkey, Kazakhstan, Russia, Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine.
In addition to its flagship Pilsener, Efes also produces several other beers, including Efes Dark (double-roasted malt lager with 6.5% alcohol and hints of caramel), Efes Light (a 122.7-calorie and 3.0% ABV take on the original), Efes Xtra (a hoppier, 7.5% ABV lager), Efes Ice (a softer, more aromatic, ice-brewed version with 4.2% alcohol), and Efes Dark Brown (a 6.1% ABV double-roasted malt lager with a distinct coffee and chocolate bouquet). All Efes products sold in Turkey use high fructose corn syrup.
Other brands under the Efes Beverage Group are Gusta (5.0% ABV), the company's wheat beer brand; Mariachi, under which the lime or agave-flavored beers Mariachi (4.2% ABV) and Mariachi Black (6.0% ABV) are produced; Marmara, under which the strong-beers Marmara Kırmızı (6.1% ABV) and Marmara Gold (4.1% ABV) are produced; and Ritmix, the company's line of fruit-flavored, non-alcoholic malt drinks.
Various international brands have been brewed, marketed and distributed in Turkey through Efes Beer Group in recent years, including Miller Genuine Draft as of 2000, Beck's as of May 2002, and Foster's Lager as of March 2005.
In international markets, in addition to the aforementioned Efes product line, the company offers a wide variety of local brands with different tastes and appeal. Currently, these are Stary Melnik, Bely Medved, Gold Mine Beer, Sokol, Krasny Vostok, Vostochnaya Bavaria, Zhigulevskoe, Polniy Nokaut, Green Beer, Dolce Iris, Sib-Beer, Yantarnoe, Solodov, Ershistoe, Barkhatnoe, Bogemskoe svetloe, Ak Bars, in Russia; Karagandinskoe in Kazakhstan; Chisinau, Vitanta Premium Classic in Moldova; Weifert, Weifert Belo, Pils Plus, Zajecarsko Pivo and Standard in Serbia & Montenegro. Such local brands continue to contribute to the company's international revenue stream.
Aside from its domestic market in Turkey, where it has 84% market share, Efes exports to over 50 markets in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania. In the UK, it is sold by the Wetherspoons pub chain.
Efes is also the largest local shareholder of the Coca-Cola franchise in Turkey and produces a range of soft drinks. Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Coca-Cola Company, was the top executive of Efes Beverage Group from 1999 through 2005. The current president of the group is Alejandro Jimenez, who also has worked at Coca-Cola and their subsidiary company Panamco between 1973 and 2001.
- Efes Brands: http://www.efesbev.com/our_group/beer_brands.aspx Archived March 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Markalar da İnsanlar Gibidir". Biravo. İstanbul: Efes Pazarlama (20): 12–13, 38. 2009.
- "EFES WITH ITS NEW FACE APPEARS ON THE SCENE" (PDF). Efes Beverages. 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-10-07.