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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

15 July 2013

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The good weather is animating the morose European pork market with high demand for barbecue meats. Wholesale prices have already risen in response and further increases are not excluded due to the weak supplies.
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin


Bazin takes over Iller

French processor André Bazin has been chosen by the Courts to take over the Iller prepared meal ingredients business in Altorf (Bas-Rhin), recently placed in receivership. The ‘flamed tarts’ manufacturing unit is separate and should be taken over by Pierre Schmidt.
(Source, own)

Gad demise?

Rumors confirmed the date of 20 August for the closure of GAD abattoir in Lampaul-Guimiliau (Finistère). Some 800 direct jobs are involved at the abattoir, 64 jobs at the charcuterie processing site in St Nazaire (Loire Atlantique), 54 at the head office in Morlaix (Finistère) and 4,000 indirect jobs are under threat. The Cecab group (major shareholder with 65%) will transfer its slaughtering activity in Josselin (Morbihan) creating 343 jobs and 400 jobs could be transferred to the Cecab group.
(Source, own)

Cooperl is positive

Cooperl, the French pork leader, posted a result of €6 million in 2012 for a turnover of €2.08bn. It plans to invest €50m. in industrial sites in 2013.
(Source, Cooperl)

Market data for week 27

Last Monday, in Plérin, the base price was higher by 0.2 cent. A higher demand due to sunny weather reassured the abattoirs. The Marché du porc Breton said that the balance offers/demand is more favourable for suppliers because offers are low.

There is still no increase in the price of charcuterie pigs. Fatteners are very prudent. Prices hover between a slight reduction and firmness.

At Rungis, June was good for prices. Between May and June, prices were higher +2.1 % and +15.3%. Only the price for belly didn’t progress. 56 TMP price is +3.6 %. Margins are still low due to the previous months.

Pork prices RUNGIS week commencing 8 July 2013

Cut namePrice range (Euro/Kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.60
Trimmings 1.42
Leg 2.61
Loin including chump 3.09
Loin excluding chump 2.80
Belly extra without trimmings 2.80


Friland wants to sell organic pork in China

Over the last six months, several Chinese customers have visited Friland and showed interest in Danish organic pork. So far, Friland has developed small exports to Hong Kong due to the requirements of Chinese organic certification COFCC but should soon get export approval.
(Source, Landbrugsavisen)


In the European market, the summer weather is bringing a positive mood. Legs are traded at slightly increasing prices. Trade and sales of collars and loins are stable while the market for manufacturing meat is a little slow. Third country markets are unchanged.

Danish Slaughterhouses - payments week commencing 8 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


Zwanenberg aims high

The Dutch meat group is investing €20m. in a new meat processing plant in Germany in Laar near the Dutch border. The group is aiming to produce chilled meat snacks for the German market using high pressure technology. Managing Director Ronald Lotgerink says well-known operator Frans Stortelder will lead the German project seconded by Marteen Elsinga as Business Manager.
(Source, Zwanenberg)

Deadline for stalls

The Dutch government has given the deadline of 1 August for the conversion of the last sown stalls. There are now very few laggards.
(Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


Good results for KI-centra

The Flemish insemination centre increased its volumes to 2.6m doses in 2012 (+5%). Exports are up 80% to 135,000 doses.
(Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


Timid price rises

The pig prices are at last up in the Republic but the increase is a paltry 5-6% on 2012. Still, Irish prices hover around Northern European prices despite the higher Irish feed prices.
(Source, Irish Farmers’ Journal)

Slaughter share

Edenderry now slaughters 29% of the national kill, Roscrea 25% (both are owned by Rosderra), Dawn 17%, Stauntons 12%, McCarron 8% and Green Pastures 6%.
(Source, Irish Farmers’ Journal)

Higher imports from the UK

In the first quarter, pork imports from the UK rose 58% to 11,677 tonnes. Still, exports to the UK increased by 23% to 75,355 tonnes. Live exports to Northern Ireland fell sharply.
(Source, Irish Farmers’ Journal)

More Irish pork products off the shelf

The percentage of Irish labelled products has risen back to 90% for fresh pork, while the figure for bacon rashers has reached the record level of 80%.
(Source, Irish Farmers Journal)

Hermitage’s woes

Following the health breakdown at the main AI centre (See bulletins passim), PRRS contaminated semen infected the Freneystown 1,100 sows nucleus unit that had just benefited in April from a € 6 m. refit. The whole nucleus is now been depopulated and will be of course repopulated. This is the first health breakdown since the beginning of the company in 1958.
(Source, Hermitage)


Increasing demand for barbecue meat

The warm temperatures are lifting demand for barbecue meat. After several weeks of large kill, the number of slaughter pigs is falling and prices are rising as a result. Lower availability of slaughter pigs is likely for the coming weeks due to seasonal trends. Although the upcoming holiday season may reduce the demand for meat, the current market situation indicates at least unchanged prices and some further rises are possible.
(Source, own)

Rebound confirmed

Following the small fall in 2012, German pork production rebounded to 1.39m tonnes in the first quarter (+1.4% against the same period of 2012) representing 69% of German meat production. At 3 May, there were 28,000 pig farms (-2,300), 27.4m pigs (-2.5%) and 2.037m sows (-80,000).
(Source, Fleischwirtschaft, AFZ)

Reinert’s new snack

The famous Bärchenwurst (little bear sausage) is now sold as meat snack. The company counts 1,400 staff, seven factories, including two in Romania and France, and a turnover of €350 m, 36% of which are export sales.
(Source, AFZ)


Import dependence

The latest trade figures show that only 18.25% beef on market is of Greek origin, 28.44% of the pork is Greek, while 81.85% of the sheep and goat meat is Greek.
(Source, own)

Good news at least, for tourists too

VAT on restaurant bills is falling from 23 to 13% as Greece reached an agreement with debtors. This punitive level introduced in 2011 was affecting the large Greek food service sector.
(Source, various)


Less pork

Production between January and April has fallen by 2.6% against the same period of 2012, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.
(Source, Eurocarne)

Copiso progress

The co-operative and integrator in Northern Castilla has increased its output to 332,000 pigs (+4.2%). These numbers do not include the production of ICPOR Soria which is treated independently. Copiso has also reached an agreement for the joint production of 70,000 pigs per year with Cárnicas Villar. Total turnover has reached € 230m.
(Source, Eurocarne)


Hermitage’s lead

The Irish company whose Italian base is Reggio de Emilia now has 450 boars in stud, the highest number in Italy. These include Italian boars designed for dry-cured ham production. The company operates a special BLUP programme for these boars.
(Source, Hermitage)


Axzon’s bid for Kalyta

The IFC-backed Danish holding Axzon that already owns Danosha, the second largest Ukrainian producer of pork, is planning on buying pig-breeding complex loss-making Agrokombinat Kalyta, which is a part of the Smart-Holding complex. The deal is estimated at €13.2 m.

Increase of pig population

As of 1 July, 2013 the population of pigs in Ukraine is 8.2 m (+4.6%) compared to the same date last year with the larger units progressing more than small private holdings.


The European meat trade organisation, UECBV, in Brussels, reports that the director Sergei Dankvert from the Russian veterinary service Rosselkhoznadzor in a letter to the Deputy Director of DG Sanco, Ladislav Miko, has expressed grave concerns regarding the traceability of meat and meat products exported from the EU to Russia. Inspections by inspectors from Rosselkhoznadzor showed that both meat and dairy products exported to Russia from the EU originated from non-certified companies. Greece is particularly targeted, but Germany, Lithuania and the Netherlands are also quoted. Greece has been asked for a voluntary cessation of exports for the time being. UECBV adds that the Commission is looking into this matter very seriously, as there is a risk of a total Russian ban on imports of meat and meat products from the whole EU.
(Source, UECBV)

Pork imports continues to decrease

To 23 June, the volume of import of chilled pork to Russia amounted to 13,300 tons (5.8% less than during the same period in 2012), the volume of frozen pork import was 248,200 tons (-18% compared to the same period in 2012). On 23 June the average price for pig half-carcase was £2.16/kg.


From the crisis to the crisis

Respected analyst Pr. Hans-Wilhem Windhorst of Vichta University in Germany believes that the conjunction of high feed prices, sluggish home market and lower export prices does not bode well for US production. Investment has fallen, particularly from the largest integrators. Forecasts for 2013 show a fall of 6% of production.
(Source, Fleischwirtschaft)


Cheaper feed needed

Asprocer, the pig producers’ association has asked the Chilean government to lower import taxes for maize under a safeguard clause in order to maintain competiveness.
(Source, Eurocarne)


Increase of pork consumption

Pork is the main beneficiary of the fall of beef and fish consumption. Consumption volumes have increased by 354,000 tonnes between 2000 and 2013.
(Source, US Meat Exports Federation)


Further production growth expected

Even with stable consumption per capita, the natural increase of population means that Chinese pork consumption will rise from 53.35m/t in 2012 to 56.70 m/t in 2020. From memory, consumption was only 39.66 m.t. in 2000.
(Source, Beijing Pro-agri Communication)

Lack of profitability

Chinese production has become unprofitable since spring 2012, mainly due to high feed prices. The consequence is that imports should rise in 2014.
(Source, Beijing Pro-agri Communication)

Evolution of consumption

Currently, 68% of the pork is sold ‘hot’ in wet markets (80% of Chinese prefer buying it in this form), 17% chilled in supermarkets (10% prefer buying pork there) and 15% processed. By 2020, only 50% of the pork will be sold in wet markets, 30% in supermarkets and 20% processed. Pork still represents 63% of total meat consumption and farmed fish rather than chicken is the major competitor.
(Source, Beijing Pro-agri Communication)

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