Aside from two international corporations, the former Yugoslavian FMCG brands prevail on the regional list. They include Vegeta, Argeta and Cockta which are the top five strongest FMCG brands.
In 2012, Valicon conducted another annual FMCG brand strength measurement informer Yugoslavia, much in the same way as measurements carried out in the preceyears. The research was conducted in all countries from the region, this time fortenth consecutive year.
Valicon list of 25 strongest FMCG brands in Former Yugoslavia
The first two brands on the list stand out the most, while those ranked from the third to the tenth place marked tight results, which means they have very similar scores. Each of them offers certain opportunities that can be used in their advantage as well as certain drawbacks which need to be eliminated in order to achieve a better position on the list. Brands positioned high on the list can either aspire to preserve their place or try to shift towards the top of the scale. The position of brands ranked from the third to the tenth place was determined by small details that had to be taken into account when interpreting their ascend or drop on the list with regard to the previous year. A certain relationship between two brands can be completely different in the following year.
A quick look at the listed brands reveals a general “rule” that needs to be met for a brand to rank on the Valicon strongest FMCG brand list. The brand needs to be present across the entire region, which means the list excludes strong local brands even in those categories which are usually dominated by them, i.e. beer, coffee, still water, dairy products, ice cream etc. However, the first attempts to be included in the list can be observed in some categories (i.e. the Jana water in the still water category, the ABC spread in the dairy products category etc.). They are superior products and the manufacturers are trying to further regionalize them, which reflects in the brand strength as well as its position on the list.
Furthermore, brands of products that are less commonly consumed, i.e. cigarettes, women’s or men’s products or premium brands will be hard to find on the brand list. Also, the leading brands are more present in certain categories and in less in others. The Serbian brands have a slight advantage over others due to the market size. Unlike the situation in Slovenia and Croatia, the advantage of Serbian brands might be even double due to the market size on the one hand and the absence of discount stores and private labels on the other.
A brand’s strength was calculated based on the level of brand awareness, experience and usage. If the same brand was used in different categories, i.e. the case of Paloma in the toilet paper category and in tissues category, the brand strength was calculated for each category separately.
The research was conducted in May and June 2012 in all countries in the region, on the sample size from n = 1000 to n = 1500 per country (with the exception of the two smallest countries – Montenegro and Kosovo where the results from 2011 were used in the calculations). The results are representative for the entire region of former Yugoslavia, which means that the measured strength of a certain brand in Slovenia contributed to the total strength of this brand on the total regional level only half as much as the same brand did in Croatia since the Croatian market is twice the size of the Slovenian market.
About the survey
PGM — Product Group Manager; Contractor: VALICON
Research period: May – June 2012
Sample size: n=1000/1500 per country
Population age: 15-65 years
Interview method: Personal interviews and self-surveys
Representation factors: sex, age, education, region