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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

27 January 2014

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Per capita European pork consumption is forecast to rise by 1kg in 2014, according to the European Commission. This comes after a morose 2013 when consumption fell by 1.3%.
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin


Wills is heading boning technology

Wills was established in 1958 in Grobbenzonk, specialising in boning-out pig heads. It also owns another head boning plant in Spain, Fernandez-Turnez. The process is now mechanised at a speed of 2,500 heads per hour, producing the whole range of head products. The company markets 63% of its output chilled to meat processors and 37% is sold frozen. Some 25% of the output is sold in Belgium, the rest is exported to EU countries, China, the Philippines and Africa. The company is still managed by the Wills family and Peter de Bruycker.
(Source, AFZ)


Two new brands for Cooperl

A new brand: “Véri Table” was added at the end of 2013 to the Cooperl Economic range of fresh pork. Also, the “Brocéliande” brand, until now only used for charcuterie products, will be extended in April 2014 to include products to be sold over butchery counters.

Country of origin

Sticking to its position, the French National Pig Federation (FNP) does not support EU legislation due to come into force on 1 January 2015, only requiring the country where the pig has spent the last 4 months of its life to stated. Therefore, the voluntary indication, VPF meaning born reared and slaughtered in France, will be pushed more than ever by the FNP.

Pig meat household purchases

Fresh pig meat purchases were 4.1% lower in 2013 compared with 2012, the pork price increased by 7.4% on the year. The lower performance affected all stores formats: -3.3% for hypermarkets, -7.5% for supermarkets, -8.8% for hard discount stores. Good news came from sausages, sales increased by 4.5% on the year.


Pigs: The pig market was calm at Plérin last Monday. Offers for pork butchers were lower and prices remained relatively stable gaining just €c1.

Piglets: The French piglet market remains firm, offers are limited and demand is firmer. The FNP-FNCBV remained stable: €1.89 per kg for 25kg pigs and €32.18 per head for post weaning piglets.

Pork prices RUNGIS week commencing 20 January 2014

Cut namePrice range (Euro/Kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.70
Trimmings 1.55
Leg 2.74
Loin including chump 2.85
Loin excluding chump 2.69
Belly extra without trimmings 2.56


Unfair competition

Following Danish Crown’s plant closure announcement, MEP Christel Schaldemose wants the EU Commission to investigate if there is unfair competition between countries within the agriculture and meat sectors. Christel Schaldemose wants a full investigation as to why it appears that Germany is on track to devour all slaughterings from its neighbours. She is a member of the EU Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the Committee for Internal Market and Consumer Safety. She believes the problem relates to low German wages paid to foreign workers. Another area of focus is the German government’s favourable provision for the payment of costs such as veterinary inspection.
(Source, Landbrugsavisen)

Animal welfare plan

Denmark's new Minister for Food, Dan Jørgensen, is setting the stage for significant changes to Danish pig production. He cites pig production in Denmark as the largest animal welfare problem. The Minister is going to invite agriculture, animal welfare organisations, experts and politicians to make an action plan to be finalised within months.
(Source, Ritzau)

Electricity tax

A special Danish tax used to subsidise wind turbines results in an additional cost equivalent of €1.5 per finished pig. This tax is only one thing but since there are five of such additional taxes the figure increases to €7 per pig. So it is no surprise that it is more profitable to produce pigs in Germany and Poland, according to Danish pig producers. They believe the government should abolish these taxes in order to maintain competitive production in Denmark.
(Source, Landbrugsavisen)

Danish pig farmers abroad

While Danish farmers produce nearly 20 million finished pigs in Denmark, Those abroad produce at least a further four-million pigs, according to the Association of Danish Farmers Abroad. Notably, they are produced in Eastern European countries such as Poland, the Ukraine and Romania and also in Russia.
(Source, Landbrugsavisen)

Organic exports to China

Only a few months after a Chinese mission to Denmark, Friland has been certified to sell organic pork in China. Over the past couple of years Friland has exported small volumes of organic pork to Hong Kong. Work to enhance the Chinese market for organic pork will be done in close collaboration with ESS-Food who have permanent representation in China.
(Source, Landbrugsavisen)


On European markets, fresh legs and cuts are sold at virtually unchanged prices. Lower demand from the UK market has resulted in bacon exports coming under some pressure. As to markets further afield, sales to Russia and Japan are stable, whereas the price has eased on the Chinese market.

Danish Slaughterhouses - payments week commencing 20 January 2014
SlaughterhouseDanish CrownTican
Slaughter pigs (70.0 – 86.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Sows (Above 129.9 kg)
Difference to last week
Boars (Above 109.9 kg)
Difference to last week


Interporc at Foodex Japan

The Spanish pig industry will be exhibiting at Foodex Japan from the 4 - 7 March. BPEX will also be present at the Tokyo show.
(Source: Agronegocios)

Quality Standard for Pork

The Quality Standard for Iberian meat, ham, shoulder and loins was approved by Royal Decree on 10 January. The new standard criteria includes stocking densities, product descriptions, labelling and carcase classification.
(Source: Mercolleida)


Green Week 2014

The Green Week (Grüne Woche) event that takes place in Berlin, started in 1926. It attracts more than 300,000 consumers and 100,000 trade visitors and showcases the strength of German agriculture. Some 70 countries and respective farming ministers also attend the 124,000sqm exhibition. The international presence includes major national pavilions, with the Netherlands and Russia presenting amazing displays. The UK has not presented a pavilion for more than 15 years due budgetary restraint. The Green Week also hosts a large number of national and international congresses, including the participation of the FAO this year. Many of these are unsurprisingly politically correct, with environment matters at the fore which presents German ‘soft power’ at its best.
(Source, various)

Ciolos’s proposal

At Green Week, Commissioner Ciolos proposed the abolition of agriculture export refunds in his opening speech. This should not affect UK pork exports.
(Source, European Commission)

Pork Prices Hamburg Market Week commencing 20 January 2014
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Round cut leg 2.10/2.35
Leg (boneless, rindless max fat level 3mm) 2.90/3.20
Boneless Shoulder 2.35/2.60
Picnic Shoulder 1.85/2.05
Collar 2.40/2.60
Belly (bone in, ex-breast) 2.20/2.40
Sheet Boned Belly (rindless) 2.15/2.40
Jowl 1.15/1.30
Half Pig Carcasses U class 1.94/2.04


Berger Schinken

This cooked ham specialist has a huge range of products including seasonal lines. The 56 varieties of cooked ham can be seen at The marketing is outstanding, with Wellness Schinken a striking example.
(Source, Berger Schinken)


Gavrilovic moves some production to Serbia

Gavrilovic, the largest Croatian pork processor is planning to move some of its production to Serbia, as confirmed by the owner of this company, Ðuro Gavrilovic, due to market access. In addition, Serbia benefits from a free trade agreement with Russia. Part of the production under the brand Gavrilovic was moved to Èitluk, in Bosnia Herzegovina, where it achieved a turnover of €5.5m.
(Source,, our comments)


Rosy picture at last

2014 could be the best for many years for the US pork sector according to Chris Hurt, analyst at Purdue University. Lower feed prices, strong export demand and lower beef availability will mean good profitability for producers. Production should expand by a modest 1% in the first half of the year and 3% in the second half.
(Source Purdue University)


Government help

Canadian Pork International (CPI) will receive C$15 million (£8m) from the Canadian government in support of marketing initiatives aimed at opening more markets to Canadian pork products.
(Source, Canadian Pork)


Giant farm for Baodi

Baodi Group plans a farm with 400,000 pigs with an investment of 880m Yuan (£88m), occupying 267 hectares in Hubei Province. The project includes a breeding base of 100,000 sows, 300,000 growing pigs, a feed mill of 150,000 tonnes, an organic fertilizer plant of 150,000 tonnes, a sewage disposal facility of 300,000 tonnes and a methane power plant. The project is planned to be finished within 3 years. As usual, these numbers must be treated with caution.
(Source, BOACL, our comment)

More Canadian genetics

Da Bei Nong in Longyan City, Fujian Province imported 1,345 breeding pigs from Canada.
(Source, BOACL)

Pig farms relocated

Pig and poultry farms within 1km of the Xiangjiang River in over 67 counties in Hunan are being relocated to reduce pollution to the main water source of the province. An estimated 140m tonnes is released into the river without authorisation. Hunan produces 80m pigs - this number sounds very large.
(Source, Asian Pork, our comment)

New name for Shanghui

Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. the owner of Smithfield Foods, Henan Shanghui Investment and Development and a major shareholder in Campofrio has been renamed WH Group. WH stands for Wanzhou Holdings with wanzhou meaning eternity and continents; reflecting the transcontinental nature of the group, says Chairman Wan Long. Smithfield and Shanghui are retaining their trading names.
(Source, Shanghui)

Chinese wholesale prices week commencing 20 January 2014

 Price (RMB/Kg)£/KgChange on week
Pig Carcases 20.34 2.04 -3.37%
Source: BOACL
Prices collected from wholesale markets in 36 medium and large Chinese cities

Hong Kong

Italian salami festival

Italian exporters of salami and hams organised a food festival in November called SalamiAmo. The event included tastings and the presence of Italian chefs.
(Source, FoodMeat)


Prices up as Vietnam resume live exports to China

Northern Vietnamese pig farmers can again export slaughter pigs to China. The trade is heating up prior to Chinese New Year. Prices for China are much higher than local prices at £1.20 per kg live weight.
(Source, Asian Pork)


Floods in central Vietnam brought infected dead animals and lead to an FMD outbreak. Some 1,300 pigs, cows and buffalos have been slaughtered.
(Source, Asian Pork)


Minimum damage for the pig sector

Typhoon Haiyan which caused massive damage to the Central Philippines missed the major pig production areas of the country. Only 3,000 sows in total were affected.
(Source, Asian Pork)


Genetics imports

As imports of pigs are not allowed, David Loo of Asli Farm, who raises 2,500 pigs in central Java, will import pig semen from Canada and the UK as soon as import permits are granted.
(Source, Asian Pork)


Closures expected

A large number of old piggeries are expected to close towards the voluntary deadline of 2017 for stalls and tethers-free sow housing. The movement is led by major retailers Coles and Woolworths who, under the pressure of lobby groups, have largely completed the conversion in their pork supply chains.
(Source, The Pig Site)


Exports down

At 439,000 tonnes, Brazilian pork exports for 2013 are about 15% down on 2012 and back to their 2011 level. Lower Russian demand explains a lot. EU exports were up last year, while exports from the main competitors the USA and Brazil are down.
(Source, AHDB)


Plans to supply pork to China

Aleksej Marchenko, Deputy Governor of Vladimirskaya oblast, reported that the oblast may start supplying pork for further processing to China. The possibility was discussed by the oblast administration and Chinese businessmen at a meeting during the Green Week exhibition in Berlin. The Chinese party is planning to visit Vladimirskaya oblast in February to continue negotiations.


More pigs

According to the National Statistics Service, the number of pigs in the Ukraine in 2013 increased by 15.6% compared with year earlier levels. The volume of fresh and chilled pork produced in 2013 increased 16.1% compared with 2012 totalling 209,000 tonnes. In contrast, frozen pork production fell by 21.5% on the year to 10,400 tonnes.

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