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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

26 September 2014

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British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

The much awaited Chinese veterinary inspection by CNCA will take place over 6 days commencing from 23 October. Obviously, preparations details and programme are currently being worked on.

For the first time, BPEX have participated in an Indian show this week, known as, Annapoorna in Mumbai. This show specialises in imported food and features held an important European representation led by the European Commission food marketing team. We face competition on pork from Belgium and the Netherlands and from Germany on sausages. A report on the Indian meat market has been completed and is available from the export office.


Sow meat

Confirming that a large proportion (40%) of French sows are exported and processed in Germany, Inaporc has set up a workshop designed to put together some actions aiming to process more sows in France. One of the obvious routes is further processing of sow meat; an action plan should be ready this autumn. In the meantime, regional authorities have offered €295,000 to SBA (abattoir specialised in sows) to support a €15m plan involving the recruitment of 70 staff before 2017. The company belongs to SVA (51%) and Elivia (49%).

Pig Parade

Pig producers in Brittany are planning some demonstrative actions in 2015. Pig statues will be produced by local artists to form a colourful pig parade. The statues will be positioned in eight strategic public places in the four “départements” in Brittany for three weeks at a time. More details:

The success of Stargen

Stargen is the result of collaboration between Gene+ and PIC. Straws of the new boar are proving very successful; they are not only available for IA centres but also for individual producers. Since the launch last year, 20,000 straws have been sold monthly.


Pigs: Despite moderate pig supplies in France, abattoirs are likely to have been very prudent with their purchases at Plérin on Thursday due to the slow market late in the month, combined with the current lack of dynamism on the French pork market and a slow European market. They will also be attentive to any evolution of German prices when published.

Cuts: The last week of September is not good for consumption. Most operators say that it’s flat and calm, no matter what the cut. Prices are decreasing for loins, hams, shoulders and belly. Only winter products, which now gradually appear on the shelves, are sold. On the export side, no change, it remains very low.


Westfleisch acquisition

The Westfleisch Group is buying the sausage maker Aldenhoven GmbH in Gelsenkirchen. The long-established meat processing company produces about 10,000 tonnes of meat and sausage products a year and employs 160 people. Westfleisch will move the entire meat production to the new site in Oer-Erkenschwick by mid-2015. The acquisition is still subject to the approval of the Federal Cartel Office.



More production in Catalonia and Aragón

The Catalan pork processing sector has increased its dominance of the Spanish industry with a growth of 3.3% to 1.6m tonnes between 2012 and 2013. Aragón is also growing at the rate of 3.5%. In contrast, there are major falls in Madrid (-34%), Valencia (-10%), Castilla-León (-10%) and Castilla-Mancha (-6%). (Source, Eurocarne)

Cárnicas Tello opens an office in China

The pork processor from Toledo has opened an office in Beijing. The firm also attended SIAL China. (Source, Eurocarne)

Jamones Duriber doubles its sales

Jamones Duriber, the ham-producing company created in 2012 by the Vall Companys Group, ended 2013 with a turnover of €17.96m compared with €9.75Mm in 2012. Only €1m was from sales within the group with the majority coming from external customers. (source: Alimarket)

Can Duran purchases Casa Sendra

The spiced sausage company Can Duran has announced the acquisition of the historic brand “Casa Sendra” which, until now, has been in the hands of businessman Paul Pujol Arboix. This has taken place five months after ceasing its activity following the ban by the High Court of Justice of Catalonia, to label their products under the brand of “Salchichón de Vic” (source: Alimarket)


On European markets, both fresh hams and other cuts traded at lower prices this week. Sales to the UK bacon market were also reported to be under pressure. For countries outside Europe, a slow trade to Japan remained due to the build-up of Japanese pork stocks. In contrast, good stable business to China has been reported.


Nestlé’s move

The group has vowed to phase out using pork produced from sows in stall systems. No deadline has been given for the implementation of this pledge which has worldwide implications. (Source, Pork Network)


Still fewer pigs

According to results of the 19th census of 2012 released in August 2014, pig numbers have dropped sharply to 10m due to poor productivity and disease outbreaks. There were 4.51m pigs in 1951, date of the first ever pig census and 13.5m at their 2003 peak. Demand exceeds supply. (Source, various)


Border control discussions

Sergey Dankvert, Head of Rosselkhoznadzor, wants to discuss the possibility of the Russian veterinary officers working together with their Belorussian colleagues on the border of Belarus and EU. In his opinion, it’ll help prevent EU products entering Russia through Belarus illegally. (Source,

Belarus import restrictions

Rosselkhoznadzor has reported that violations were registered in the import of dairy and meat products from Belarus to Russia. A number of Belorussian meat-processing enterprises supplied products that did not meet the requirement of the Russian Federation. This could lead to an import ban from the companies involved. (Source,


Imports suspended from Brianskaya

Belarus introduced a temporary ban on the import of pigs and pork from Brianskaya oblast in Russia. The decision was made by the Department of Veterinary and Food Surveillance of Belarus due to cases of Classical Swine Fever being registered in the region. (Source,


Difficult times ahead for world agriculture

At the Agricultural Science Association of Ireland, Jürgen Vögel, the Head of Agriculture and Rural Development at the World Bank made some useful observations. World food stocks have declined, meaning only 10 weeks of supplies with China and India trusting 50% of world food stocks. Over the last five years, we have experienced only one year when production has exceeded demand. Food production is increasingly at risk of climatic events. Global warming has meant a 2-3% decline of food supplies so far. Food commodity prices which have doubled since 2008 are expected to rise further due to increasing demand. Sustainability is the key issue going forward. However, research budgets in agriculture have plummeted. He advocates increased trade and sustainable intensification to respond to the sustainability challenge and global warming. (Source, ASA)

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