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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

08 July 2013

BPEX Export Bulletin  – Week 27BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 27

Belgian Meat - VLAM presented its activities at last week’s export conference. The Belgians have a very successful pork export business with 600,000 tonnes of pork, offal and fats shipped in 2012, the fifth largest European exporter. Belgian exporters consist mainly of family businesses with their main markets in Eastern and Central Europe, including Germany, representing more than a third of total volumes. VLAM operate on a large scale, business to business basis backed by a strong presence in the meat press, direct mailing and a large programme of trade missions and shows. They organise a well-attended round-table discussion for meat journalists annually. They have a budget of €1.1m for pork promotion.
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

A new market report on Australia and an updated report on Ghana are available from the Export Office.


3-star profits fall

Despite the Finnish-owned cold cuts company, 3-Star, increasing turnover by more than €2.7m in 2012, reported profits were the lowest recorded in the past five years. The poor result has been attributed to the high commodity prices in 2012, in the face of tight pig meat supplies. As in 2011, the profit will be distributed to the owners in Finland.
(Source, Landbrugsavisen)

New Danish welfare requirements

The Danish government has adopted a new welfare package for pigs. It consists of the following:

  • From 2015, loose housing will be a legal requirement for the insemination and control areas in new buildings and must be implemented by 2035 in existing units.
  • €1.3m will be allocated in 2013 and 2014 for the development of loose housing farrowing pens.
  • €1.73m will be allocated for measures making tail docking and castration redundant.

(Source, Fødevareministeriet)


European fresh meat markets have remained stable. Recent price increases are now being consolidated, although legs have been sold at slightly higher prices. The market for collars and loins was unchanged. Shoulders and manufacturing meat have been sold steadily on a strained market. Sales to third-country markets were reported as stable.

Danish Slaughterhouses - payments week commencing 1 July 2013
SlaughterhouseDanish CrownTican
Slaughter pigs (70.0 – 86.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 1.507
Euro 1.507
Sows (Above 129.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 0.985
Euro 0.985
Boars (Above 109.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Euro 0.853
Euro 0.853


Social dumping

The French daily newspaper “Libération” dedicated its cover page on 22 June to the “pig war” declared in Europe. A four page article criticized social dumping exerted on the industry by the Germans and negative consequences of the Bolkestein directive. Several French MP’s, supported by the President François Hollande, expressed their disagreement with the directive provoking unfair competition within member states, which has resulted in job cuts in France. However, the tide may be turning in Germany as workers union request a minimum hourly income of €8.50.

Processed pork offal

Processed pig offal account for a market of almost 63,000 tonnes. This market includes:

  • 12,000 tonnes of pig head based products such as head pâté (fromage de tête in French or head cheese), rolled head and tongue.
  • 2,000 tonnes of cooked feet, breaded feet and stuffed feet
  • Almost 16,000 tonnes of black pudding
  • 12,700 tons of andouillettes (chitterling)
  • 3,800 tonnes of Andouille (a delicacy exclusively made of pork digestive organs)
  • 18,000 tonnes of pâtés and other dishes made using pork liver (fine and thick coarse) and 900 tonnes of liver confit (liver preserved in fat).


Pigs: France is waiting for a firmer market. However, in Germany the market is no longer very dynamic and breeders are very prudent in France, prices only gained €0.01. Only Italian prices saw any significant improvement, gaining €0.062 in Modena.

Piglets:  In spite of some hesitation in the price of charcuterie pigs across Europe, fatteners seem to be reassured with moderate supplies. Prices have been varied with a slight reduction in the Netherlands, stability in Denmark and Belgium and some firming of the market in Spain.

Pork prices RUNGIS week commencing 1 July 2013

Cut namePrice range (Euro/Kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.60
Trimmings 1.50
Leg 2.53
Loin including chump 3.21
Loin excluding chump 2.82
Belly extra without trimmings 2.91


Irritation about price reporting

Right now, many market participants are confused and irritated about current price reporting. Last week, the recently founded VDV (Verband Deutscher Viehvermarkter), with about 20 sellers and 200,000 pigs per week, issued a market price for the first time in addition to the recommended price issued by VEZG. Meanwhile, many abattoirs pay a lower third price. As a result, prices range from €1.66 per kg from some abattoirs to €1.68 for VDV and €1.70 for VEZG. One of the reasons for the range of prices is the fact that meat demand is still low while the availability of slaughter pigs is also low. The holiday season and the cooler weather may dampen demand further and lead to weaker prices.
(Source, own)

Growth of sales of organic meat

Between 2011 and 2012 organic meat sales rose by a massive 18%, processed meat products by 8% and poultry by 11%, according to both Nielsen and GfK. Supermarkets did not benefit from the growth but smaller traders did. Germany accounts for more than half of organic pork sales in Europe.
(Source, AFZ)

Pork Prices Hamburg Market Week commencing 1 July 2013
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Round cut leg 2.35/2.45
Leg (boneless, rindless max fat level 3mm) 3.15/3.35
Boneless Shoulder 2.50/2.70
Picnic Shoulder 2.00/2.20
Collar 2.70/2.85
Belly (bone in, ex-breast) 2.45/2.65
Sheet Boned Belly (rindless) 2.25/2.50
Jowl 1.50/1.70
Half Pig Carcasses U class 2.02/2.10


Changes in Tenerife

Edatesa is taking over Grupo Cárnica 7 Islas, the main retail packer for Mercadona in the Canarias. Edatesa employs 85 people and processes 5,500 tonnes of pork, beef and lamb per year for a turnover of €30m and will now effectively controls the meat trade on the island.
(Source, Alimarket)

Tiroga the latest casualty

The pork and beef processor with a capacity for 100,000 legs for dry-curing, a tripe processing plant and a cutting room has been placed in receivership.
(Source, Alimarket)

Lack of pigs in Valencia forces Carnes Mondúver to close

The abattoir in Valencia blames falling pig numbers in the region for its decision to close the abattoir. In 2012, the business processed 22,000 tonnes of pig meat.
(Source, Alimarket)

New logo

A new logo has been unveiled by the Ministry of Agriculture to promote products from native breeds.
(Source: Eurocarne)

Pork prices Barcelona Market Week commencing 1 July 2013
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Gerona Loin Chops 2.68/2.71
Loin Eye Muscle 3.68/3.71
Spare Ribs 3.08/3.11
Fillets 5.28/5.31
Round Cut Legs 3.03/3.06
Cooked Ham 2.64/2.67
Rindless Picnic Shoulder 1.69/1.72
Belly 2.37/2.40
Smoked Belly with Spare Rib Section Cut off 2.80/2.83
Shoulder chap or Head Jowls 1.13/1.16
Back Fat, Rindless 0.68/0.71


New slaughter rules

From 1 July, it is only legal to sell meat from animals slaughtered in abattoirs in the territory of the CU (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan). Animals slaughtered in private households may only be consumed in that household. This may result in a deficit of meat on the market because most regions do not have the necessary number abattoirs to meet demand.

Italian pork held at the Russian border

Rosselkhoznadzor blocked the import of 20 tonnes of frozen pork from Italy because of documentation violations. Discrepancies included the name of the country on the veterinary certificate differing from that indicated in the pallet-list. Also, the veterinary certificate didn’t have the official stamp of the State Veterinary Service of Italy.

New pig-breeding complex

The construction of a pig-breeding complex with a total production capacity of 213,000 pigs began in the Bolshemurtinskiy region of Krasnoyarskiy Krai in Russia, with a total investment of RUB 5.5b. The complex is to reach full capacity in 2014.


African Swine Fever

The confirmation of an outbreak at the border of Lithuania and Poland by the OIE is causing concern in Continental Europe.
(Source, Agranet)


Towards less antibiotics

A new bill has been presented to the Senate to restrict the use of antibiotics in agriculture. The bill is backed by 215 groups.
(Source, MICA)

Dollar forecast

GBP-USD target: Year End 1.4800
Mark Carney takes over as Governor of the BOE while the Fed has been actively discussing exit strategies to their Quantitative Easing policy. This pairing is going to come down to the battle of the central banks. As it stands the Fed has provided most clarity and we know that should the economy in the US continue on course we would expect to see a stronger USD to the year end. We expect this easing of Fed monetary policy to drive GBP-USD back down towards 1.4800.
(Source: Clear Currency Ltd.)


Euro forecast

EUR-GBP forecast: Year End 0.8400
The EUR and GBP have been trading in a range between 0.8400 and 0.8600 for most of the year. The Eurozone continues to lag behind the UK in its recovery and despite forecasts for improved growth in the second half of 2013 for the single currency, region we believe the UK will outpace the Eurozone is recovery and as such see the pound advancing back down to lows of 0.8400. We feel European vulnerabilities will have to return for the currency to move back below this level. However, on-going concerns are likely to halt any EUR advance.
(Source, Clear Currency Ltd.)


Stable production

Pig production in 2013 is unchanged against 2012 according to the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics. Demand for processed meat products such as tocino and longganisa, and roast hogs (lechon) is high, particularly in Luzon and Metro Manila pushing up pig prices by 10.3% compared with a year ago to £1.50 per kg.
(Source, Asian Pork)


Chinese wholesale prices week commencing 1 July 2013

 Price (RMB/Kg)£/KgChange on week
Pig Carcase 20.52 2.23 +1.63%
Source: BOACL
Prices collected from wholesale markets in 36 medium and large Chinese cities


Sagri’s expansion

State-owned Saigon Agriculture Incorporation (Sagri) is doubling its GGP farm to 1,200 sows in Thu Duc. The farm will produce 14,400 gilts with the majority going to its two GP farms in Dong Hiep and Phuoc Long which in turn will produce 172,000 parent gilts per year. This production base should be able to supply 3m pigs to the Ho Chi Minh City. The company plans to buy Duroc, Large White and Landrace from the USA, Piétrain from Belgium and Landrace from Denmark.
(Source, Asian Pork)

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