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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

26 January 2015

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British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin


Agreement between France and Russia

A release from French ministry of Agriculture said that, following a meeting that took place on 14 January in Berlin, French and Russian veterinarian services agreed, to recommence, in a few weeks, exports of French live pigs, pig offal and fat to Russia. This new agreement needs to be confirmed by the European Commission and by Russian authorities. Nevertheless, the French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll is still pressing the Agriculture Commissioner Hogan to set up emergency measures, such as private storage, as long as the situation remains tense. This point will be made by France and other member states at the next Council of Agriculture Ministers.

Celtic Charcuteries

All traditional charcuterie processing activity for Agromousquetaires (full subsidiary of Intermarché) will be centralised in Pontivy (Brittany). The other Intermarché subsidiary “Salaisons de Guémené” located in Lorient will also be transferred to Pontivy. The capacity of the new central site will increase from 10,500 tonnes to 13,000 tonnes and €10m will be invested before end of 2016.


According to local rumours, two companies, Salaisons Brient and Loste-Tradi, could jointly take over AIM. They need to submit their application before 29 January. This offer would only involve the Ste Cécile site.


Thierry Meyer, President of the pig meat section at SNIV-SNCP, has now been appointed as first Vice President of the Inaporc inter-professional body and will be the main representative of the pig meat processing industry within the organisation. Thierry Meyer is also President of the Export Commission of Inaporc.


Pigs: No surprises in the second half of January, the slow down of household consumption limits slaughtering requirements. In parallel, pig supplies are sufficient to meet demand. Under pressure, the 56 TMP base price began the week with a loss of €c0.4. According to Le Marché du Porc Breton, although the Russian embargo persists, due to the possible agreement between certain countries and Russia there is hope that live pig shipments will start again. The agreement has already been successful with French authorities.

Piglets: There were few changes last week. Demand and supplies are moderate. The FNP-FNCBV prices lost €c2 for 25kg weaners and post-weaning piglets eased by €c36. According to Le Marché du Porc Français, 109,700 piglets were imported into France during the first 9 months of 2014, 78% more than a year earlier. While Belgium remained the leading supplier of piglets to France (44,100 head, +4.6 %), purchases from Netherlands exploded (+640 %, 40,000 head) and from Germany (12,400 head, +34%). In contrast, France only exported 8,400 piglets, 31.5% lower than year earlier levels.

Cuts: With the end of market promotions and reduced demand in the second part of the month the market is low. Sales are not good and prices are under pressure.


Growth of exports in 2014

Despite the Russian ban, Irish pork exports rose by 7% to 198,000 tonnes worth €570m on the back of a 5% increase in supplies, the 2.5% growth of the breeding herd and 10% fewer live pigs exported to Northern Ireland. Consumption rose by 2%. (Source, Irish Farmers’ Journal)


More promotions on fresh pork

The price war (mainly involving imported pork) is never-ending. In the latest stunt, Carrefour proposes “all cuts at €3.99 per kg”. This includes pork belly, neck chops, fresh sausages, diced pork and ribs at the same price. (Source, Carrefour)

Secure supplies for salamis from Trento

The Trento region that produces pork products but has limited pig production is organising its supply chain to guarantee supplies from 26 local producers. (Source, Alimentendo)


Large farmers’ demonstrations

Some 50,000 German farmers demonstrated in Berlin against the industrialisation of farming, GMOs and the concentration of the meat processing industry. This took place during the symbolic Green Week in Berlin under the motto “we are sick of agri-business”. Some 120 consumer, environmental and development organisations supported the march. Protesters also requested the rejection of the TTIP transatlantic trade partnership. (Source, Deutsche Welle)

Rejection of TTIP agreement

The Stop TTIP coalition of 320 non-government organisations from 24 EU member states (including many from Germany) collected 1m signatures. (Source, Deutsche Welle)

German pig price unchanged

After several weeks with a surplus of slaughter pigs, the German pig market is now more balanced in most regions. Only producers in Western Germany still report a small oversupply and only few slaughter facilities, in those regions, demanded and even paid lower prices. Additional signals are expected if the ending of Russian restrictions ease for products from France. If ratified, this could relieve some pressure from the European pork cuts market. The recommended price once more remained unchanged at €1.28 per kg.



On the European market, trade for fresh hams was reported as stable at similar prices week-on-week. Other cuts were also reported as being traded at similar, or in some cases, at slightly lower prices. Sales on the British bacon market are reported as stable. For markets outside Europe, trade continues to be reported as slow for both Japan and China.


Enter TitVan Rooi wants to limit salmonella contamination

From 1 April, pigs from holdings with high incidence of salmonella will be slaughtered together at the end of the week to limit contamination. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


Rosselkhoznadzor inspection offer

Sergey Dankvert, the Head of Rosselkhoznadzor, says the Service has offered to conduct inspections of animal-breeding and meat-producing companies in Germany, France, Italy, Holland and Belgium in order to promptly resume trade from the companies to the Russian Federation when the embargo for food products is lifted. (Source,

Quarantine introduced in Kurskaya oblast due to the ASF outbreak

Aleksandr Mikhailov, the Governor of Kurskaya oblast, signed an order on 10 January introducing quarantine in the region due to the ASF outbreak. Pigs at the epicenter of the outbreak (Dvoriki of Dmitrievskiy region) will be slaughtered and products of pig origin – seized. (Source,


Imports suspended due to Classical Swine Fever

On 16 January, the Department of Veterinary and Food Surveillance of Belarus imposed a temporary ban on the import of pork from Kyiv oblast due to a case of the Classical Swine Fever. Imports of raw materials from pigs and animal feed materials of vegetable and animal origin that have not undergone thermal treatment from Kyiv oblast are also forbidden. (Source,


Smoky bacon town

A Chinese official has claimed that lingering smog in the city of Dazhou, Sichuan province, should be blamed on the local appetite for smoking bacon. (Source, Daily Telegraph)


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