37% of Vietnamese consumers now consider health as their top two concerns. Discover the largest branded Vietnamese soy milk producer that profits from this trend.

Vietnam’s soy milk sector on a growth trajectory:
  • According to Nielsen’s latest 2018 study, 37% of Vietnamese consumers consider health to be among their top two concerns, while 90% are concerned about the long-term health impact of artifical ingredients and 76% want to know everything that goes into their food. The numbers are quite remarkable and food and beverage producers must position their products according to consumers demands.
  • Soy milk is an important traditional beverage in Vietnam and it is increasingly known to consumers as rich in carbohydrates, fats, minerals, proteins, vitamins and other nutrients which makes it a valid alternative to animal farmed milk.
  • Vietnam’s soy milk consumption is still at a low base with only 7 liter per capita Thailand with 13 liter and China with 10 liter per capita.
  • Euromonitor International expects that branded soy milk consumption will grow by a CAGR of 10.1% during the period 2017-2021

 

The company:
  • QNS (QNS VN) is Vietnam’s largest branded soy milk producer with a consistent market share of 86%
  • QNS through its three main soy milk brands Vinasoy, Fami and Soymen offers 12 products to the Vietnamese consumers fully satisfying their demands for soy milk products
  • QNS’s soy milk unit has been producing attractive gross margin of around 40% over the last years partially because the process of growing soy beans, harvesting, production and selling to Vietnamese consumers is a fully local supply chain.
  • QNS operates 3 soy milk factories in the North (Bac Ninh province), Central (Quang Ngai province), and the South of Vietnam (Binh Duong province)
  • QNS is distributing their produts through over 150,000 points of sales, reaching all the 63 provinces in Vietnam. With that they will remain in a pole position while continuing to be innovative with more product variants and marketing initiatives.
  • Vietnam’s expected consumption transition from unbranded products to branded ones is likely to be the main growth driver as home-made unbranded products currently still account for more than 70% of total soy milk consumption.
  • Last but not least the boom of modern retail channels will also have a positive impact on QNS’s sales where they have a strong product presence (the number of convenience stores quadrupled since 2012).

 

Recommendation:

At the time of writing, the trading price is VND 43,200 from where we see considerable price upside over the next 6 – 12 months.

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