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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

22 December 2014

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British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

Four pork exporters will accompany Secretary of State, Liz Truss, on the visit to China in the New Year, commencing 12 January.
October export figures show once again a healthy rise resulting in an overall increase in the first ten months of the year of 6.85% to 180,000 tonnes. Exports to Greater China and Italy show the best progression.

Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, France, Hungary, Poland and Romania supported by Estonia and Austria expressed their concerns about the market situation for pig meat in light of the Russian import restrictions. At the Agriculture Council of 15 December they requested the introduction of a temporary support scheme for private storage. This has been rejected but the Commission has agreed to review the situation in January.

UKTI has created an advent calendar to celebrate small business successes in export. Please visit and click on number 12 for a porky surprise.


Boar production concerns

At a recent symposium on castration, a representative of Westflesich asserted that some 900 tonnes of pork from entire pigs is taken off the food chain every week and sent for rendering. This has led to some commentators to call for a full return to castration with anaesthesia on ethical grounds. Also, 98% of German specifications require pork from castrated pigs or at least pork without boar taint from entire pigs. This contrasts with German politicians who are pushing for a phasing out of castration. (Source, DLG, AFZ)

Tönnies ranks fifth worldwide

Tönnies Fleisch is amongst the ten largest pig slaughterhouses in the world. With throughputs of about 16.4 million pigs in 2013, the company from Rheda-Wiedenbrück is the fifth largest pig plant in the world. In 2013 the ten largest worldwide pig slaughterhouses killed a total of 200 million pigs. (Source,

Demand changing from high to low

The number of pigs slaughtered increased further this week, already starting form a high level in the previous week. From 18 December through to 30 December, the recommended price will remain unchanged at €1.32 per kg. Due to heavily reduced slaughter requirement over Christmas and New Year, supplies will exceed demand from abattoirs. The pig price trend in the main EU markets is almost unchanged, only VION has announced that they will pay €c2 per kg less in some regions. The new quotation for slaughter sows is unchanged at €1.06 per kg from 15 December 2014 until 4 January 2015.


Fipso expanding

The French cooperative, operating mainly in the south west of France, specialising in the slaughtering and cutting of pigs, is expanding and has recently invested €3m in a new cutting plant. This new site, located in Morlaàs near Pau, is designed to supply local butchers and “charcutiers”, the objective is to process 600 carcases per week from the 687sqm cutting plant.


According to “Les Marchés” ex-employees of GAD will be supported by a €1m package offered by the European Union.

Objective China

China authorised charcuterie imports from France in March 2014 and three companies were identified as pioneers (Brocéliande, Delpeyrat and Sacor) but up to December nothing has happened and fresh products such as cooked ham or “rillettes” are still waiting for the green light. Processors would uss the presence of French Chefs to promote their “niche products”. The next stage for French charcuterie exporters is SIAL Shanghai in May 2015, where they will compete with Italian and Spanish exporters whose dry ham is already well positioned in the market.

French origin first

French pig breeders demonstrated last week, asking processors to favour the French origin. This is the result of pressure exerted by northern European countries (Germany, Netherlands) on prices, especially during the last three months, which saw prices decrease by a quarter. French pig producers are also requesting the country of origin of pig meat to be included on processed products and prepared meals. This situation should come to an end early January, when heavy special offers will occupy French supermarket shelves. However, prices should remain at a low level.


Pigs: The French market has confirmed its return to stability, the 56TMP base price lost only €c0.1 last Monday in Plérin. The markets are very close to equilibrium. According to “Marché du porc Breton”, this week is important because it will influence the trend at the beginning of 2015.
Piglets: The French market is very firm, although moderated by the lack of tone in the pork butcher market, FNP-FNCBV prices lost €c1 for 25kg weaners and €c19 for post weaning piglets.


Grupo Cañigueral takes over Costa Brava

Grupo Cañigueral of Girona (Embutidos Comer, Coopecarn) has bought 66% of the shares of Frigorificos Costa Brava, the large Catalan abattoir located in Riudellots de la Selva, from the families Abras and Planagumá. Costa Brava slaughters 2m pigs a year, 75% of which is exported, and was the first Spanish pork plant to benefit from USDA approval. Mercadona is one of the main clients of Embutidos Comer. (Source, Eurocarne)

Porc d’Or goes to Pinsos Grau

The Catalan integrator won the coveted annual prize with a productivity of 34.78 weaned pigs per productive sow per year in its San Marti farm, a Spanish record. Catalonia won most of the prizes. (Source, Eurocarne)

New animal welfare organisation

The Spanish Scientific Society for the Protection and Welfare of Animals (SEPROBA) has been created. Professor Miguel Angel Aparicio of Cáceres University is the first president. The organisation aims foremost to improve veterinary teaching on the subject. (Source, Eurocarne)

Serrano ham wants PGI

At the moment, Serrano ham benefits from Traditional Specialty Guaranteed status (TSG). Producers want to guarantee the Spanish origin of the product with a PGI, which is also more widely recognised by consumers. (Source, Eurocarne)

Roler’s export offensive

The Catalan meat processor, with factories in Terrassa and Extremadura, leader in the minced meat sector, has pledged €3m to fund an aggressive export strategy. At the moment, the company exports only 7% of its production to Portugal but has started to sell to Edeka and Rewe in Germany and will expand its sales to Benelux, Switzerland and the UK. The firm has a wide and attractive range of further processed fresh pork and beef products for retail (see (Source, Eurocarne)

Noel Alimentaria builds a new factory

The new cooked meat plant in Sant Joan de les Fonts should increase the group’s annual capacity from 40,000 to 55,000 tonnes. Counting the new plant, Noel now own 9 factories with a workforce of 1,000 and exports to 55 countries. (Source, Eurocarne)



New markets for Finnish pork

Where to export pork, when 5,000 tonnes of Finnish pork is turned back from Russia? Georgia is one market pioneered by Finnish exporters. Armenia and, obviously Mainland China are other potential markets. Chinese inspectors visited Finland last August. (Source, The Pig Site)


Chilean pork imports

Accroding to data provided by APOCER (Associacao De Produtores De Cereais De Wenceslau Braz) during the first nine months of 2014 exports of Chilean pork to the Russian Federation grew by 88.8% (+US$74m) compared with the same period in 2013. In 2014, Russia became the second largest importer of pork from Chille, accounting for 20% of total exports of pork from Chille. Japan is the largest importer with a 30% share of Chilean exports. (Source,


PEDv outbreaks

Outbreaks of PEDv have been registered in some small farms in the Ukraine. According to US veterinary consultant John Carr, one of the top five producers “currently struggles with the disease”. However, we must point out that biosecurity in Eastern Europe is generally poor and a large proportion of pigs are still kept in backyards. (Source,, our comment)

Pig population decreases

In November 2014, the Ukrainian pig population decreased by 1.4% compared with October 2014. However, in the month, production of pork increased by 3.5% on the month to 311,200 tonnes (Source,

ASF registered in Sumska oblast

On December 15, the Veterinary Medicine Administration reported that a corpse of a wild boar was found in Seredyno-Budynsky region, 1.5km from the border of Russia. Laboratory tests showed that the cause of death was ASF. Immediate measures were introduced to prevent the spread of the disease further on the territory of Ukraine: all roads to the region where the corpse was found were blocked, hunting was forbidden and the slaughter of wild boars in 3 km radius was launched. (Source,


Top Canadian producers

These are not on the same scale as US producers: Maple Leaf owns 63,000 sows, HyLife 60,000, Olymel 42,000, Progressive 34,000 and ProVista 25,000. Olymel is now the undisputed leader of Canadian pork processing with 8.4m heads slaughtered. (Source, Pig International)


Elimination of tariffs

US pork exporters will be pleased with the measure announced last week by the Ministry of the Economy. From 11 December, tariffs applicable on the import of pork carcases and cuts have been eliminated. Imports are up more than 40% this year as national producers are unable to supply the rising demand. The government is keen to help consumers with cheaper pork and tame inflation. Pork prices have risen by 16.6% this year. Pocimex, the national producers’ association says that pork prices are still below production costs and the USA is “dumping” cheap pork. (Source, Porcicultura)

Spanish target

Mexican veterinary inspectors visited 15 Spanish premises, keen to renew their approval to export to Mexico. At this stage, Spain can only export processed pork products to Mexico such as dry-cured ham and chorizo. A total of 79 plants are approved. Mexico imports more than 1,000 tonnes of processed pork products, 75% of which is dry-cured ham. Spain also hopes to start exporting frozen pork. (Source, Global Meat News)


Record production and exports

According to producers’ organisation ABPA, Brazilian pork production will reach 3.67m tonnes in 2014 (+1.75% on 2013) due to higher sow productivity. Consumption should be around 14.63kg per capita this year. Export should reach 505,000 tonnes which is 12,000 tonnes less than in 2013 but higher prices mean a record value of £1.1b. (Source, ABPA)


Top processors: big changes

Yurun is now the largest Chinese processor with 13.8m heads slaughtered, just ahead of Shuanghui/WH with 13.3m. Follow New Hope with 8.5m, Jinluo 6.7m, Zhongpin 5.3m, Wen’s 4.9m, Truein 3.7m, Baodi 3m, Tangrenshen 2.6m and Gaojin 1.6m. (Source, Pig International)


More competition in Korea

Canada and South Korea, last week, ratified a Free Trade Agreement which will enter into force in 2015. Tariffs for Canadian pork imported by Korea were reduced by -22.5% for refrigerated meat and 25% for frozen which will gradually fall to zero. (Source: Mercolleida)


Restructuring of livestock sector

The government is planning to restructure the pork and poultry sectors in order to facilitate higher production. The proportion of production in the Red River delta is predicted to fall from 25.74% to 15% by 2020; production in the North Central region should rise from 19.38% to 24% in the same period, while production in Central Highlands should increase from 6.58% to 15%. (Source, Asian Pork)

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