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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

16 September 2014

BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 37BPEX Export Bulletin - Week 37

Exporters are reminded that the English Meat Dinner during SIAL will take place as usual at the Grand Hotel Intercontinental on 20th October. Exporters wishing to get tickets should contact Susana Morris at [email protected]
British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin


La Lauragaise joins Larnaudie CA Holding

On 1 August 2014, cooked meals (mainly PGI Castenaudary cassoulet) and Toulouse sausages produced at La Lauragaise in Castenaudary have been taken over by the d’Espous family, major shareholder of CA Traiteur & Salaisons and Larnaudie. Larnaudie specialises in 'Foie Gras' and supplies French supermarkets. La Lauragaise will change name and will be named Occitane de Plats Cuisinés (OPC) but the old brand will be maintained for some customers although the activity will focus on own-brand products.

Prince of Paris

The last French Meat Academy general assembly took all members present to visit the only ham processing plant in Paris (12 staff for 500 hams per week). The main production is Paris ham sold under the brand Prince de Paris, to butchers and delicatessens. Slowly cooked (9 hours in steam oven) and carefully salted (injected into the arteries) this traditional charcuterie product is sold to top butchers (Hugo Desnoyer and Yves-Marie Le Bourdonnec) and top chefs (Yannick Alleno). The owner of the company Yves Le Guel invested €200,000 in new equipment and is planning to double the size of the small factory.

Market data for week 36

Pigs: No change for the pig market during the beginning of this week. According to ‘marché du porc Breton”, the first session in Plérin was lackluster and the 56 TMP base price lost 0.3 cent.

Piglets: The decrease in prices tends to slow down in France, as in the rest of Europe. The FNP-FNCBV prices lost 2 cents for 25 kg and -36 cents for post-weaning.

Cuts: French consumption of Charcuterie was not very good last summer. According to FranceAgrimer-Kantar Worldpanel, consumer purchases lost 1.5% from 14 July to 10 August compared to the same period in 2013, the retail price gained 1.7 %. On the other hand, from the beginning of the year, purchases of charcuterie have increased by 0.4 % despite prices being higher by 1.4 %. Nearly all products are progressing, with the exception of dried sausages and salami.

Pork prices RUNGIS week commencing 8 September 2014

Cut namePrice range (Euro/Kg)
Back fat, rind-on 0.50
Trimmings 1.32
Leg 2.39
Loin including chump 3.08
Loin excluding chump 2.81
Belly extra without trimmings 2.86


Market situation

The European market for fresh legs is weak with some fall of prices. Other commodities are also suffering at the moment. The UK bacon market is stable. For Third Countries, little activity outside China and Japan.

Danish Crown warns of more lay-offs

The company is facing a difficult supply situation and may resort to lay off some of its workforce to adapt to lower slaughter numbers.


Vietnamese opportunity

The Vietnamese market is now open for imports of Irish pork. The country has, over the last eighteen months, increased its pork imports.
(Source, various)


Elimination of the ASF epicenter is in progress

An outbreak of the ASF was registered in Okhramiyevychi village of Chernihivska oblast on 31 August. By the decision of the State Animal Disease Control Commission of the region, five quarantine veterinary stations have been created in the region and the plan of disease elimination measures was approved. After inspection of private households of the village, the authorities slaughtered and destroyed 39 pigs; the houses and yards are disinfected. The State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service experts inspect animals in all other households of the region.


Primorskiy Krai to increase pork production

Sergey Sidorenko, Vice-governor of Primorskiy Krai said that within three years the region will be able to increase pork production 14 times due to some large investments. Projects by Rusagro and Mercy Trade will bring an additional capacity of 1.2m pigs. For reference, current production is just 100,000 pigs per year.


Increase of pork imports

Pork imports rose to 397,000 in the first half of the year (+10.4% against the first half of 2013). The USA keeps losing market share but remain, the largest exporter at 137,000 tonnes followed by Canada with 73,000 tonnes. European exporters are making serious inroads: Denmark with 66,000 tonnes (+19.4%), Spain 26,000 tonnes (+70%), Holland and Austria 7,000 tonnes (respectively +86 and 114%), France 7,000 tonnes (+70%), Ireland 5,000 tonnes (+62%), etc. The UK still does not feature on the list.
(Source, ALIC)

Innovative promotion of premium pork

Pick of Hungary has produced a manga-style cartoon promoting Mangalitsa pork. A first for fresh meat?
(Source, Pick)


Latest food scandal

Some 782 tonnes of Taiwanese recycled oil from kitchen waste were converted into low-quality lard and sold to at least 235 Mainland restaurants. The incident also affected Hong Kong and Macau.
(Source, China Daily)

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