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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

21 April 2014

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British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin


Xi Jinping enjoyed French charcuterie

During the official visit of the Chinese President to Paris, Robert Volut, Head of FICT (French charcuterie processors), made sure that charcuterie was on the menu for the official dinner. Positive comments made by the Chinese President “it was very good!” were very well received… Three French processors have been approved to export to China; Salaisons & Conserves du Rouergue, Brocéliande and Haraguy. FICT and Inaporc will jointly host a seminar on 12 May prior to SIAL Shanghaï, Chinese journalists, Chefs and food writers will be invited. A full dossier in Chinese will also be produced for the event.

Minute BBQ idea

“Idée BBQ minute” is a new range launched by Jean Floc’h made with vac-packed marinated French pork with 60 days' shelf life. The range includes a “maxi spare ribs” 540g pack; double pork chops at 280g and deboned precooked pork chops. There are three recipes for ribs: BBQ, Provençale and Mexican. All the products can be grilled, oven cooked and are microwaveable.


Pigs: Prices for charcuterie pork remained stable at the beginning of the week. According to the “Marché du porc Breton” a modest fall in availability limited supplies to abattoirs, allowing 56TMP base price to improve by €c0.7 last Monday in Plérin.

Piglets: Limited supplies remained sufficient to meet demand resulting in stable or slightly firmer prices. FNP-FNCBV indices maintained their upward trend, rising €c9 for 25 kg weaners and €1.7 for 8kg piglets.

Cuts: Over the four week period ended 23 March, a reduction in consumption of “Charcuterie” was reported, decreasing by 1.5% compared with the previous four weeks, according to France Agrimer-Kantar World panel. Compared with the same period in 2013, purchases increased by 2.4% despite prices being 1.1% higher. The trend was more marked for fresh meat.

Pork prices RUNGIS week commencing 14 April 2014

Cut namePrice range (Euro/Kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.50
Trimmings 1.26
Leg 2.89
Loin including chump 3.12
Loin excluding chump 2.89
Belly extra without trimmings 2.69


Danish Crown growth plans

Within the next few years, Danish Crown intends to grow by 20% with the growth taking place outside Denmark. High Danish wages, falling commodity volumes and poorer framework conditions compared with other countries are driving this. To achieve an ambitious target to slaughter 25 million pigs the company will look to buy foreign pigs and slaughter them outside Denmark. About 60% of the 25 million pigs will be from Danish farms compared with around 70% currently.
(Source, Ritzau, Borsen)

Little change to consumer behaviour

A critical documentary about Danish pig production conditions has not resulted in consumers prioritising animal welfare when buying pork, price remains the key parameter. The documentary sparked a debate in the media and negative consumer reaction at the time. The majority of critics concluded that in the future consumers would look to only buy free range or organic pork. Three months after the documentary, purchasing patterns in supermarkets have not changed significantly.
(Source, Foodculture)

Piglet exports up

Piglet exports from Denmark continue to increase, but at a lower rate than a year ago. In the first two months, exports were 7% higher on the year, compared with growth of 11% in the corresponding period in 2013. At the same time Danish pig slaughterings continue to decrease, in the first two months of 2014 throughputs fell by 3% year-on-year.
(Source, Tican)

Tulip launches new sausages

Gol, the Tulip subsidiary, is celebrating its 80th anniversary and to mark the occasion is launching two new sausages. One is an anniversary barbecue sausage with onions, carrots, tomato and parsley and the other is a frankfurter with large pieces of chorizo.
(Source, Tulip)


On European markets, chilled legs and loins are sold at slightly higher prices and demand for fore-end cuts remains stable. Developments on European markets are affected by the Easter holiday. As to markets outside of Europe, demand from Asia remains stable or slightly firmer in places due to continued limited North American competition.

Danish Slaughterhouses - payments week commencing 14 April 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 price for slaughter pigs

Demand for pigs and pig meat started to ease in the second half of last week and is still comparably low. Most slaughter facilities offered €c2 less than the recommended price. Several slaughter days will be lost due to the Easter holiday and as a result the demand for slaughter pigs is predicted to be low. Prices being offered are reported at around €1.56 per kg. Even with the numbers of slaughter pigs being significantly lower than last year, producers are unable to avoid a price decrease; the recommended price has been reduced by €c5 to €1.58 per kg.

Pork Prices Hamburg Market Week commencing 14 April 2014
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Round cut leg 2.30/2.45
Leg (boneless, rindless max fat level 3mm) 3.15/3.30
Boneless Shoulder 2.40/2.55
Picnic Shoulder 1.95/2.15
Collar 2.90/3.05
Belly (bone in, ex-breast) 2.00/2.30
Sheet Boned Belly (rindless) 1.95/2.30
Jowl 1.20/1.30
Half Pig Carcasses U class 2.01/2.11


Pork prices Barcelona Market Week commencing 14 April 2014
Cut namePrice range (€ / kg)
Gerona Loin Chops 2.73/2.76
Loin Eye Muscle 3.58/3.61
Spare Ribs 3.18/3.21
Fillets 5.48/5.51
Round Cut Legs 3.20/3.23
Cooked Ham 2.69/2.72
Rindless Picnic Shoulder 1.78/1.81
Belly 2.35/2.38
Smoked Belly with Spare Rib Section Cut off 2.78/2.81
Shoulder chap or Head Jowls 1.21/1.24
Back Fat, Rindless 0.73/0.76


Higher production

The Russian Ministry of Agriculture has reported that during the first quarter of 2014 meat and poultry production (in live weight terms) amounted to 2.8 million tonnes, 4.5% higher compared with the same period a year ago. Pork production increased by 11.2%, despite the report indicating that the pig numbers were similar to year earlier levels.


Increased production

According to the State Statistics Service, in March 2014 production of meat (in live weight terms) increased by 5% on the month to 271,700 tonnes. During the January to March period meat production increased 8% year-on-year totalling 848,600 tonnes. As at 1 April, the pig population increased by 2.3% to 8,010,100 pigs.


Chinese wholesale prices week commencing 14 April 2014

 Price (RMB/Kg)£/KgChange on week
Pig Carcases 16.50 1.58 -2.83%
Source: BOACL
Prices collected from wholesale markets in 36 medium and large Chinese cities

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