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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

03 March 2014

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We are pleased to report that UK exports of pork products increased to a record £326m in 2013, up 6% compared with year earlier levels.
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

Fresh pork shipments were valued at £137m, an increase of 14% on the year. Frozen pork exports, valued at £79m, were 13% higher on the year. The value of bacon and ham shipments increased by 5% while there was a small 2% decrease in the value of sausage exports.

Meat traders at the Gulfood exhibition were downbeat with pork prospects in Europe due to the current Russian ban and the difficulties in the Ukraine, prices are expected to languish over the next few months.


Lively market

All indicators are green for the charcuterie market in France; in 2013 turnover improved by 2.6% with a 0.7% increase in volumes. The sector benefited from successful ways of retailing, including e-marketing and in-store marketing initiatives. However, the real push comes from the activity and innovation demonstrated by the industry. Examples are numerous: “Knacki balls” by Herta, “Caviar of dry ham” by Aoste "Just’un Délice mini dry saucissons” by Justin Bridou. Consumers are increasingly concerned by the dietetic benefits, with the ”25% less salt” reference appearing on every range. Culinary aids show the best performance in terms of self service products, turnover increased by 4.2% in 2013 compared with 2012.

Cooperl accused of fraud

According to the daily regional newspaper “Le Télégramme de Brest”, Coorperl are being investigated about the methods they use for analysing salmonella. According to the newspaper, up to 1,500 tonnes of meat, potentially contaminated with salmonella, were marketed before November 2012. Cooperl confirm the investigation but not the fraud. However, they report having improved their salmonella analysis protocols.


Pigs: According to “Marché du porc breton” at this time of year, due to a seasonal decrease in the production, prices would normally be firm. However, with the Russian embargo in place, prices remain stable.

Piglets: It is currently a question of prudence on the demand side. Offers are not excessive and prices remain stable. FNP-FNCBV prices lost €c6 for 25kg weaners and €1.06 or 8kg piglets.

Cuts: According to the European Commission, in 2013 the EU exported a little less than 3.1m tonnes of meat, 0.9% higher than in 2012. The highest increase was to the Philippines, up 38%. In contrast, 25% less was exported to South Korea and a fall of 29% to Belarus. The main country for EU shipments remained Russia, followed by China (665,495 tonnes, up 13 % in one year) and then Hong Kong (387,153 tonnes,up 2 %).

Pork prices RUNGIS week commencing 24 February 2014

Cut namePrice range (Euro/Kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.60
Trimmings 1.27
Leg 2.69
Loin including chump 2.86
Loin excluding chump 2.50
Belly extra without trimmings 2.47


Russian import ban costing millions

Danish Food and Agriculture Senior Market Analyst, Karsten Flemin, believes that the €c7 per kg reduction in the pig quotation, due to the Russian trade ban, to some extent corresponds to current losses. Prior to the ban, market conditions were favourable and pointed towards higher prices and he estimates that the current price would be around €c13 higher. He estimates pig producers' total losses due to the Russian ban to be approximately €4m per week.
(Source, Jyllands Posten)

Danish pig genes in Sweden

The first pigs with Danish genes have been born in Sweden, with great expectations. The aims of importing the freeze-dried Danish semen are to increase the number of litters per sow per year, reduce feed consumption while improving growth rates.
(Source, Markedsnyt for Svinekoed)

DanBred grows

Despite lower sales of breeding animals, DanBred International managed continual growth. After a revenue growth of 47% in 2011/12, the company has reported growth of 6% in 2012/13. Exports to Russia decreased but sales increased in other markets. In addition, a new business area advising on pig production met with strong demand. The gross margin increased from €34.1m in 2011/12 to €36.3m in 2012/13.
(Source, Markedsnyt for svinekoed)

Japan closure to apply pressure to the market

The Polish pig meat market is closely linked with Demark as Poland buys significant quantities of Danish pork. Following the discovery of swine fever, Japan has closed the market for Polish meat, which will apply pressure on the market.
(Source, Landbrugsavisen)


European markets are still affected negatively by the Russian import ban and the discovery of ASF in Poland is spreading uncertainty on European markets. Prices are stable for legs, while the market for fore-end cuts, shoulders and loins has weakened and remains under pressure. The market for bellies is stable, based on demand from third-countries. The bacon market to the UK is also reported as weak and under some pressure. Exports to China are reported as stable but with prices coming under some downward pressure. Exports to the Japanese market are stable with good prices.

Danish Slaughterhouses - payments week commencing 24 February 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


Lower German pig price expected

Ongoing export restrictions of European pig meat to Russia and the occurrence of African swine fever in Poland have resulted in a large uncertainty on the German pig market. While the number of slaughter pigs has decreases slightly demand from slaughter facilities has decreased by a larger extend. At the same time, the export of live pigs to Poland has significantly reduced. As a result, several slaughter facilities are demanding a further price decrease to €1.45 per kg. It is unlikely that producers will be able to avoid that decrease and, therefore a reduction of the recommended price is predicted in the current market situation.

Pork Prices Hamburg Market Week commencing 24 February 2014
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Round cut leg 2.05/2.25
Leg (boneless, rindless max fat level 3mm) 2.75/3.15
Boneless Shoulder 2.10/2.40
Picnic Shoulder 1.75/1.95
Collar 2.50/2.65
Belly (bone in, ex-breast) 1.90/2.20
Sheet Boned Belly (rindless) 1.80/2.20
Jowl 0.95/1.20
Half Pig Carcasses U class 1.88/1.98


Nutreco is leaving

The Dutch conglomerate is selling its Spanish and Portuguese assets as non-core businesses: Inga Foods, the pig integrator and Nanta and Trouw the feed manufacturers. together with its poultry interests.
(Source, Nutreco)

Pork prices Barcelona Market Week commencing 24 February 2014
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Gerona Loin Chops 2.38/2.41
Loin Eye Muscle 3.08/3.11
Spare Ribs 2.78/2.81
Fillets 5.33/5.36
Round Cut Legs 2.78/2.81
Cooked Ham 2.50/2.57
Rindless Picnic Shoulder 1.64/1.67
Belly 2.13/2.16
Smoked Belly with Spare Rib Section Cut off 2.56/2.59
Shoulder chap or Head Jowls 1.10/1.13
Back Fat, Rindless 0.56/0.58


Ban on some food imports probable

With a ballooning trade deficit and the Ghana Cedi in free fall, the Government is considering an import ban on certain products. President Mahama told the BBC that it would target a reduction of US$1b on food imports quoting rice, sugar, tomatoes, cooking oil, fish and poultry. Pork, beef and lamb were not mentioned.
(Source, Vibe Ghana)


Chinese wholesale prices week commencing 24 February 2014

 Price (RMB/Kg)£/KgChange on week
Pig Carcases 18.79 1.83 -2.74%
Source: BOACL
Prices collected from wholesale markets in 36 medium and large Chinese cities

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