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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

09 September 2013

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Melton Mowbray pork pies were a surprising hit at the Restaurant & Bar show in Hong Kong this week, not only with visitors with British connections but also with the Chinese, who despite being baffled at first – they’re used to hot pies, loved the porky spicy taste and crust. Considerable technical development has taken place to ensure that the frozen product, when shipped, provides a great eating experience when thawed. Distributors see high sales potential for this tasty and convenient branded pork product, made with 100% British pork. We report other positive developments in Hong Kong: British sausages are now distributed by four major importers, niche/organic pork products with two importers and British bacon with three importers.
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin


La Lauragaise moving forward

The scandal involving abattoirs in south-east France and the supply of horsemeat from Belgium will not help the resurrection of La Lauragaise, the new company set up by Laurent Spanghero. This is a pity as the company’s progress has been better than anticipated since recommencing trading. Most employees, who worked on part-time contracts in August, were hoping to increase their working hours in September. Company activity is focused on the production of prepared meals (mainly cassoulet) as the meat trading business being still very slow. Nevertheless, three retailers (Auchan, Leader Price and Système U) are presently auditing the site before hopefully placing orders in the coming months.

Mountain pork

Produced in the centre of France, Mountain pork production is pressured by high feed costs. In Auvergne – Limousin region, pig production has decreased by 25% over the past 10 years and the average herd size is now only 100 sows. Out of the 600 producers located in this region, 400 of them are in mountain areas producing 280,000 pigs, representing 40% of total French Mountain pig production. The EU official label “produit de montagne” or produced in mountain area, requires 50% of feed to be sourced locally (in mountain) which is impossible in the Auvergne – Limousin regions where the majority of the land is permanent pasture. The association Euromontana wrote to the commission seeking to amend this requirement, a response from the Commission is expected this month.


Pigs: The 56 TMP basic price gained €0.005 last Monday in Plérin. For the Marché du Porc Breton the volume of trade is described as “fluid” as required at the start of the new term.

Piglets: The French market is quite stable in spite of firmer prices. Prices are firm for “charcutiers” pigs, the FNP-FNCBV price index gained €0.06 for 25kg pigs and €1.06 for 8 kg piglets.

Cuts: According to the Marché du Porc Breton exports from Europe have been stronger during the first six months of the year due to higher sales to the Chinese market (+37%) and the Philippines (+42%).


Workers invest in pig production

The Job Steward Committee of Danish Crown is proposing to invest €80m of employees' wages in pig production over the next four years. The proposal is being negotiated with the management of the Group's pork division, DC Pork. The intention is to increase pig production by up to 3m pigs over the next four years aiming to safeguard current jobs and create new vacancies. Funding will result in employee’s salary being cut by approximately €135 a month over the next four years. The money saved will be paid into an investment pool enabling farmers to borrow to expand production. In return, Danish Crown commits not to close Danish slaughterhouses during the period. It is expected that the slaughterhouse employees will agree to and accept the proposal in the next two weeks. (source, Danish Crown)

Tican investment

Tican predicts it will need to upgrade production equipment and increase capacity. The company is investing €10m in a new cooling tunnel which it estimates will help increase slaughter throughputs to 80,000 pigs a week in the near future. (source, Lemvig Folkeblad)

New specialties

Danish Crown has teamed up with Aalbæk Specialities to develop a series of high class Nordic charcuterie products. The range, named ‘Aera by Danish Crown’ consists of air-dried hams, air-dried bacon and sausages. The new products will be sold to restaurants and caterers. The feature of Aera is that the products are made from well-marbled Duroc pigs. (source, Danish Crown)


There have been significant price increases for shoulders on European markets and slightly firmer demand for legs which have reached record levels. Prices for fore-end cuts, loins and bellies have remained stable. The bacon market in the UK is described as satisfactory and contracts for September have been negotiated and entered into at slightly firmer prices. On third country markets, demand is unchanged, with firm demand from Russia and stable sales reported to Japan and China.


Price fall expected

Slaughter pigs numbers increased last week to 950,000 and more were expected in the current week. In addition, meat sales and meat prices are comparably low and processors are losing money on many pork cuts, demand for necks is extremely low. As a result, Tönnies announced €1.85 per kg for the coming week with Westlfleisch and Danish Crown following suit. It appears that the recent price of €1.93 will be the peak price for 2013. (Source, AMI)

Vion closes slaughterhouses

Vion has announced the closure of smaller slaughterhouses in Germany, namely the Kasel Golzig (Vion, Lausitz GmbH) and Minden (Atlas Handelsgesellschaft mbH), each slaughtering approx. 5,000 pigs per week. Pigs will be slaughtered at Vion’s other slaughterhouses in Germany (source, Markedsnyt for Svinekoed)


Lower exports

Spanish pork exports in the first half of 2013 fell by 13% to 469,000 tonnes against the same period in 2012. Exports to France, Italy and Russia all fell by 10,000 tonnes to 131,000, 55,000 and 30,000 tonnes, respectively, in the six-month period. Obviously, the Russian ban has started to affect Spanish exports. Spain is losing market share in France, Italy and Germany on a background of good domestic demand and lower production. (Source, AHDB)


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