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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

18 June 2013

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The 9th annual EBLEX Export Conference will include for the first time a round-up on pork exports in the afternoon. Exporters wishing to attend this event which will take place on 26 June in Stoneleigh are invited to contact Alex Mobbs at [email protected]
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin


France Falls Behind

IFIP has produced a new competitiveness indicator for the pig meat sector in some European countries. This indicator includes parameters such as structure, home market, consumption, exports, production, processing, distribution and retailing. The scores range from 0 to 1 and the winner is…Denmark scoring 0.79. The Netherlands, Germany and Spain are well placed with scores ranging from 0.49 to 0.52. France is at the bottom of the list with a score of 0.31. Although, in terms of production, distribution and retailing, France did OK, the lack of productivity and abattoir investment hampered any progress of an industry suffering from low consumption and weak exports. According to Guillaume Roué, President of Inaporc, the industry faces two major hurdles: administrative burden and the transmission of increasing overheads down the supply chain. He expects solutions from the French government on both issues and is relying on the impact of the VPF logo to boost home demand for pig meat and charcuterie products.

Poor start for Campofrio

The Charcuterie group Campofrio Food Group (Aoste, Cochonou, Justin Bridou, Jean Caby, etc) has had a poor start to the year, sales for the first quarter were down by 1.3% compared with same period last year and a negative net return of €4.1 million compared with €600K last year.

Salaisons Couturier in Trouble

After being placed in receivership last December, the pig meat specialist (fresh and processed) based in the North East of France has still not found a buyer. With a turnover of €5 million, down by 34% in 2012 compared with 2011, and 35 staff, there doesn’t appear to be a solution in view.


Pigs: The supply of charcuterie pigs is now much tighter and should continue to decrease, in line with the seasonal trend at this time of the year. Demand across Europe should increase resuming its normal seasonal pattern due to the return of the sunshine and, in some member states, the start of the holiday season.

Piglets: The European market was reported as “quiet” last week. No great evolution in supplies in the face of demand which shows little improvement. Prices remained steady.

Cuts: Prices for cuts will have to improve rapidly or margins will deteriorate. According to the Marché du Porc Breton, soaring prices in the USA and Canada and upward movement in Europe may see certain large importers become more active, purchasing on the home market to avoid less attractive advertised tariffs.


Price Increase Squeezes Margins

After the €0.08 pig price rise to €1.68 per kg, processor demand is still comparably high. In some regions, pig supplies were lower than the demand from slaughterers. Elsewhere, however, the market situation is mainly balanced. However, retailers have been unable to pass on the higher pig prices in meat sales squeezing margins. Even with better weather and higher demand for barbecue cuts predicted a further price rise is, therefore, unlikely in the coming week.



The European market has seen leg supplies tighten, resulting in higher prices. The market for loins is stable. The better weather has not been reflected by increased demand for fore-ends, shoulders or trimmings with the market for these cuts remaining under pressure. Markets in Russia and Japan are reported to be stable with slightly higher demand from China.


Price drop for Dutch piglets

Dutch piglet prices have fallen by around €10 per head to €40 for 30kg pigs. One of the drivers for the downward trend is the drop in demand from Spain. Shipments from the Netherlands to Spain have fallen from 16,000 to 1,500 piglets per week.
(Source, Markedsnyt for Svinekoed)


HK Scan acquires Nordic Genetics

Finnish HK Scan has acquired the remaining 28.5% of the shares in the Swedish Nordic Genetics company. HK Scan already owned 71.5% of the shares and now has exclusive rights over Nordic's NG Hampshire race. HK Scan has signed a letter of intent to continue the development of the NG Hampshire genes in Sweden as well as in international markets with its partner "JSA Genetics". HK Scan also owns "Finnpig" in Finland and "Quality Genetics" in Sweden.
(Source, Markedsnyt for Svinekoed)



Two new cases of ASF

Two new cases of AFS were registered in Bogucharskiy region of Voronezhskaya oblast. Thirty-four pigs were slaughtered and Rosselkhoznadzor experts are taking measures to prevent the spread of ASF. Inspection stations were placed around the village where the outbreak was registered.

German and French pork detained

Rosselkhoznadzor inspectors detected violations in two consignments of the frozen pork from Germany and France totalling 70 tonnes which has been held at the border. On the German batch, discrepancies were detected between the veterinary certificate and product labels, together with a mismatch between the veterinary stamp on the product and the veterinary certificate. The French company indicated on the veterinary certificate was not on the approved list to export to Russia.


Increased pig population

At 1 June, according to the National Statistics Committee, the pig population of the Ukraine increased by 4.8% to 8,091,000 head. The population of pigs in private households decreased 0.3% while the population of the pigs on agricultural holdings increased 11.3%.


Imports, the punch bag

With elections looming, food labelling has again become a political football. Some politicians are advocating the use of a red flag on packaging if the product contains less than 95% Australian ingredients, on the basis that imported food is “unsafe”. This is disingenuous as Australia is a major food and drink exporter and would strongly object to reciprocal treatment. Furthermore, the Australian origin of food, including pork, is already highly prominent on packs. Finally, EU legislation on pork is much more restrictive concerning feed additives and EU pork is generally of higher standard.
(Source, ABC, own)

Labour costs, the issue

The very high minimum wage in Australia - people are paid a minimum of £21.60 per hour for working on Sunday or Bank Holidays - and the inflexible labour market are a major drain on the economy. The Australian manufacturing base is melting away and unemployment is rising. The all-mining economic model is questioned as mining operations are feeling the effects of slowing world growth. In these conditions, pork production lacks competitiveness and is unable to expand.
(Source, ABC, various)

French Polynesia

Pork consumers

Across Polynesia, pork is the main meat eaten; pigs were the only livestock on the many islands before the arrival of the Europeans and remain the main source of locally produced meat for the subsistence economy. The name in Tahitian language is pua’a. When Europeans introduced other livestock species, natives could only relate to pigs. Hence, the name of cattle is pua’a toro, the pig with horns and horse translates literally as the pig that runs.
(Source, own)


Where next?

Chinese consumers are likely to overtake Europeans in terms of consumption per capita by 2022… This poses a major but interesting challenge.
(Source, OECD-FAO World Outlook)

Please note: Due to the Public Holiday, Chinese pork prices have not been published this week.

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