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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

18 October 2014

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The CNCA veterinary inspection due to take place from 23 to 29 October has been postponed. The British Embassy in Beijing is trying to ascertain the reasons for this postponement. UK Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, is writing to his counterpart expressing disappointment and seeking agreement on renewed dates for the inspection visits including plant approvals, reapprovals and trotters.
A pork Export Health Certificate (EHC) is now available for the Cayman Islands (at exporter’s risk).



The future of the abattoir located in Josselin will be decided this week, Dominique Langlois, CEO of SVA is planning to invest €20 million, retain 530 staff from the current workforce of 755 and build a solid pig meat supply chain to Intermarché. The loss of jobs will be a big hit for the local economy. The abattoir is not expected to reach equilibrium for 18 months. The two other GAD sites should go into compulsory liquidation. The Russian ban adding to unfair competition from Germany has not helped.


The presence of the PED virus in Germany and Italy is major threat to the French pig herd and French authorities are recommending extra caution for companies dealing with these countries.

Organic and well reared

Organic pig meat only represents 0.5% of the total French pig meat market. However, organic production standards, including some outdoor rearing, lower stocking densities and welfare elements appeal to French consumers. The average weight of finished pigs is 120kg live weight and average deadweight of 93kg. Nevertheless, the organic pig meat market is valued at €66m; half of sales are achieved at supermarkets. The retail price is between 55% (chipolatas) and 100% (loin pork chop) dearer than conventionally reared pork. Specialised shops such as Carrefour Bio (convenience store format) have a range of organic own brand products: Pork joints (loin) at €16.90 per kg, cooked ham at €34.00 per kg, dry ham at €55.00 per kg and dry sausages (rosette) at €30.00 per kg. National brands are also present with Herta “Bon Paris” cooked ham at €38.00 per kg or Fleury-Michon cooked ham at €42.00 per kg and Fleury-Michon cooked joint at €39.00 per kg.


Pigs: Prices in France are stable as is the case in other European countries. The 56TMP price lost only €c0.6 last Monday in Plérin. According to “Marché du porc Breton” the French market is close to the balance point although remains under pressure.
Piglets: Although feed prices are at similar levels to 2 years ago, this is not low enough for producers in the context of a decreasing European market. Margins for fatteners are still very low. Offers are stable and there remains no evolution in prices.
Cuts: The second half of the month, the approach of the Halloween/All Saints bank holiday and competition on the French and European markets are far from supporting activity for slaughter cuts. The market and prices remain under pressure.


Full schedule for Interporc at SIAL

Every day, at 1:00pm, a culinary demonstration is scheduled on the Interporc stand culminating on 22 October with a presentation to the French media. In the evening, there will also be a reception at the Spanish Embassy in Paris. (Source: Eurocarne)

Exports on the up

Spanish pork exports are making the most of opportunities in Asia attempting to compensate for the Russian embargo. In the first seven months of 2014, Spain has exported a total of 902,000 tonnes of pork compared with the 795.000 tonnes in 2013, representing an increase of 13.5%. (Source: Mercolleida)

RGF Suministros Cárnicos

The pork cutting plant serving chains and HORECA companies has voluntarily declared bankruptcy. In late 2010, the company achieved a turnover of €5.48m and in 2012 received a grant from the Junta de Andalucía to expand its operation. (Source: Eurocarne)


Price forecasts revised

Danish price forecasts have been revised downwards for 2015,.by around €c10 per kg. The 2014 average price has also been adjusted downwards and is now forecast to be 8% lower than in 2013. (Source: Mercolleida)


On the European market, stable sales are reported at similar price levels for hams and other cuts. The UK bacon market has been under some pressure with sales at slightly lower prices. On third country markets, good activity has been reported to both Japan and China.



Pork exports up, imports down

According to the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, during the January to September period, export volumes of pork from Ukraine increased to 4,688 tonnes. In contrast, import volumes during the period decreased to 26,185 tonnes. (Source,


Ukrainian company ban lifted

According to Rosselkhoznadzor’s official website, on 9 October the institution renewed certification of pork products from four Ukrainian companies Salkom Plus and Tavr-Plus located in Donetska oblast, VMP located in Volynska oblast and Svizhenka located in Chernivetska oblast. Imports are allowed only for carcases and half-carcases. The goods exported to the Russian Federation should be accompanied by the veterinary certificates, and documents certifying that they were produced by the companies from pigs bred in the oblasts free from the ASF. (Source,

Demand easing

At the beginning of October, pork prices began decreasing due to the seasonal drop in demand from consumers and processors. Prices eased by 6.7% compared with September but were 40% higher than prices in October 2013. According to market experts, the downward trend will last until the New Year period, when demand traditionally increases. The volume of the Russian pork market during the January to August 2014 period totalled 1,624,400 tonnes, 12.3% less than during the same period in 2013. (Source,

Thailand plant approval

Russian veterinary authorities have approved a slaughterhouse in Thailand to export pork to Russia. Thai farmers hope to benefit from the additional demand, volumes could reach 4,000 tonnes per month. (Source: Mercolleida)


HK Scan announces investment programme

The Finnish firm will invest €20m in its pork and beef abattoir and processing plant in Rakvere used to produce added value products. HK Scan is also investing about €70m in two new poultry plants in Western Finland. (Source, Poultry Site)


Russian pork controls

Rosselkhoznadzor has appointed a full time veterinarian to oversee the quality and safety of Chinese pork for export to Russia. Russia has agreed to resume imports of Chinese pork interrupted since 2004. (Source, Issar-Tass)

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