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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

02 September 2013

BPEX Export Bulletin  – Week 35BPEX Export Bulletin – Week 35

Putting China aside, Russia, the Dominican Republic and Taiwan are our three key priorities for market access negotiations for pork. Followed by Bosnia, Malaysia, Macedonia, the Ukraine and Mexico. For processed pork products Australia and China are our most significant targets. It is difficult to give a time frame for market access, as we experienced for China but we are aiming for progress on every dossier.
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin


Reprieve for Gad

In receivership since February, Gad was given a reprieve as the Trade Court of Rennes decided to suspend the observation period until 16 October.

Directors of GAD presented a plan that included the transfer of the slaughtering activity from Lampaul–Guimiliau (Finistère) where 343 of the 800 staff moved to join the 600 staff of the second abattoir, located in Josselin (Morbihan).

This plan has not been finaliaed yet and the Court requested a final plan to be ready by 18 September at the latest. This plan also includes the closure of a processing unit located in St Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique) employing 80 staff and the closure of the head office located in Saint-Martin-des-Champs (Finistère) employing 54 staff. According to some rumors Gad SAS has been struggling since 2008 and may have lost €20m in 2012.

This is precisely the amount that Cecab (7,000 staff cooperative group owning 65% of Gad) would apparently be prepared to pay for the rescue of Gad (and partly their rescue too!).

The future of Gad is obviously in the hands of the banks who would have to erase some debts and in the hands of the other shareholder Prestor (group of producers).

Jean Caby on the move

It is time now for Jean Caby to move away from their old site located near Lille.

Following the transfer of the ham production to Landivisiau (7,000 tons per year) and the planned transfer of dry sausage manufacturing activity in 2014, a new site will have to be found and at the moment the co-owned company (Foxlease 51% and Campofrio Food 49%) has not made a decision.

Cooperl investments

With a net result of €6m, a turnover of €2.08bn and 4,800 staff, the cooperative is planning to improve productivity and invest €50m this year in automation. €4m was invested in 2011 and in 2012.

Market data for week 34

On Monday, 56 TMP basic price gained 1 cent. Demand is outstripping supply at the moment. Marché du porc Breton says: “This is the result of a reduction in the number of breeding sows during 2012 due to the new rules for their wellbeing; the cherry on the cake for the breeders who haven’t seen an increase since 2007.”

The French piglets market is still not moving this week even if the market is better and firmer than the same period in previous years. Last week, the FNP-FNCBV prices gained 2 cents for 25kg and +36 cents for 8kg.

It’s the final push before the promotions that will take place at the beginning of September. We still don’t know how consumption will react to a strong increase in pork prices. For export, there is no difference between prices in Germany, Spain and France which does not advantage French exports. The French internal market is firm.

Pork prices RUNGIS week commencing 26 August 2013

Cut namePrice range (Euro/Kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.65
Trimmings 1.57
Leg 2.55
Loin including chump 3.27
Loin excluding chump 2.91
Belly extra without trimmings 2.54


Further price rise

After the third price increase in a row the recommended price reached €1.93/kg last Friday.

Even though the number of available pigs in Germany is increasing slightly and the live exports to Poland decrease, slaughter pigs remain scarce.

Despite the difficulties of passing the price rises on meat, no one is expecting a decrease in the foreseeable future. For the upcoming price round, the majority of operators expect another slight increase.

However, an unchanged price also seems reasonable to enable the marketers to catch up with the price of pork cuts.
(Source, own)


Low supplies drive up prices

Pig prices are steady on a high basis around €1.50/kg live, close to last year’s high. There are not enough pigs to send to slaughter.
(Source, various)

After three years of crisis...

... producers of Iberian pigs are making money on the back of higher prices. Some are already considering reopening units closed over the last few years.
(Source, agroinformación)


Stability according to the census

The June census shows a total of 50.68m sows (-0.1%) and slaughter for the first six months of the year 342m head (+1.1%). Live prices are still high at £1.69/kg.
(Source, various)


Imports under scrutiny

With imports to the end of June from the UK up 37%, from Denmark 45% and from the Netherlands up 27% against last year, they are under scrutiny, particularly at retail level. Most of these end up in food service with an estimated 60% of pork served in catering establishment being imported.
(Source, Irish Farmers’ Journal)


No food inflation

In Slovakia, food inflation does not really exist. A Subway sandwich – the same in the UK – retails at £ 1.35.
(Source, own)


Van Rooi expands its Helmond plant

The plant will now include an additional prepacking line, a packing room for frozen product and a 10,000 tonne cold store; all will be operational in 2014 and will help with exports to China and Russia, whose growth is described as “explosive”.

Van Rooi has factories in Helmond, Almere, Someren and Middelburg and slaughters 75,600 pigs per week over 20 hours, 6 days per week.
(Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


Meat export in January-July increase by 20%

During the period January-July 2013 Russia exported 20,000 tons of meat, which is 20% more than during the same period last year.

Some 90% of the meat is supplied to CIS countries - Kazakhstan is the biggest buyer with 60% of shipments. Speaking of pork, market experts forecast further increases of pork exports to China.

New large pig-breeding complex

The construction of a new pig-breeding complex will soon be completed in the Ural Federal region. This is the joint project of Romkor Meat Corporation and the local government.

The total cost of the project is RUB 1 billion (£20m). The capacity of the complex to be built will be 65,000 pigs which will allow the processing of 7,800 tonnes of pork. The pigs will be brought to the complex in 2014.


Almost 3,000 pigs slaughtered to stop African Swine Fever

In order to eliminate the outbreak of the ASF, as of 15 August, the authorities in Vitebskaya oblast confiscated and slaughtered 2,916 pigs from private households.

Some 1,000 more pigs in private households in the vicinity (5km zone) of larger pig farms and 3,000 pigs in the area of the possible spread of the ASF are to be confiscated and slaughtered before 1 September.

The amount allocated for compensation for the pigs is BYR 4bn. (£300,000).


Over 3 million pigs vaccinated against Classical Swine Fever

Starting from the beginning of 2013, the Ukrainian State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service vaccinated over 3m pigs against the classical swine fever.

Moreover, the veterinary officers have examined 1.7m pigs on farms and private households. As a result, over 1,000 owners were held administratively responsible for violations of veterinary and sanitary requirements.


Low interest rates for pig farmers

The government has asked commercial banks to limit interest rates for pig farmers to 10% as they shoulder losses due to higher input costs and lower pork prices.

Typical interest rates are 20%. Pork imports are blamed again for the low prices and the country is expected to increase its imports when it joins Asean in 2015. At the moment, Vietnamese processors are importing a rising volume of US pork to produce sausages and canned meats.
(Source, Asian Pork)

Autogrill in Vietnam

The Italian leader in road catering plans to open 80 outlets in the country in a joint venture with Imex (IPP).
(Source, Asian Pork)

Austfeed new breeding farm

The feed miller has opened a 1,200 GGP / GP farm and an AI station in Hung Yen, using European and US genetics (no detail given).

Dao Manh Luing, the Managing Director, says the company will market parent gilts from its own lines. The company also opened a small plant in Hanoi for processed meats under the Mavin brand and has hired a German technologist and plans to expand.
(Source, Asian Pork)


Strong pork potential

The island counts 900,000 pigs for a population of 3.5m, 250,000 of which on commercial farms and 650,000 in backyards with 1-5 pigs. Consumption stands at 19kg per capita per year.

Bali has two abattoirs, a small one in Sesetan owned by the local government and one private plant in Badung with a capacity of 500 heads per day. Consumption reaches a peak during Hindu festivals when up to 10,000 pigs are slaughtered. The national dish is babi guling or Balinese suckling pig.
(Source, Asian Pork)


Good news for meat consumption

Meat consumption has risen by 22% between 2009 and 2012 to 44.7kg per capita or 2.2m. tonnes. Pork still represents exactly 50% of total meat consumption.
(Source, Asian Pork)


Betagro retail expansion

The Thai conglomerate is adding 50 meat stores in Bangkok to its 100-strong chain where it sells pork, chicken and sausages. This represents only 3% of the £1.5bn group turnover.

The company is also investing a further £22m in Cambodia. It aims to increase sales in Hong Kong of its S Pure and Better Food branded pork and chicken products by 55% this year and introduce ham and bacon.
(Source, Asian Pork)


Profeed Agronutrition chooses French genetics

The company that manages three farms in Selangor took delivery of 45 breeding pigs from Penarlan. PA slaughters its pigs at Tip Top and operates retail outlets.
(Source, Asian Pork)

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