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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

02 February 2015

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British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin


Brats from Johnsonville

In 2002, when the French company Hénaff started the marketing of the American sausages “Brats from Johnsonville” their origin was not clearly marketed. However, today things have changed and the new packaging has a distinct US western flavor using wood and BBQ colours. The authenticity of the family brand is even underlined by the mention “N°1 in USA” right in the middle of the new label.

Revised levies

At last, following the Inaporc General meeting that took place on 14 January; the interprofessional contributions (levies) have been revised as follows:

  • Decrease in Inaporc contributions from €23.00 per tonne to €22.00 per tonne.
  • Decrease in rendering tax (CVEE) from €0.16 to €0.14 per head.
  • The Inaporc contribution paid by producers to modernise French production will increase from €0.15 to €0.16 (VAT excluded) per slaughtered pig.
  • A new voluntary sanitary contribution (CVS) designed to finance a new National Association for Porcine Health (ANSP) is set at €0.01 per slaughtered pig; this will be added to the existing CVS of €0.02 per slaughtered pig. The new association will lead sanitary actions for French pigs in relation to regional sanitary organisations.

The above changes will be implemented from 1 April 2015.


Pigs: Status quo remained for the 56 TMP base price last Monday at Plérin. According to “Le Marché du Porc Breton” due to the start of the month, a slight increase in activity is likely in the next few days. There is little hope for change on the export side. There is some tension between member states in EU.

Piglets: No change for the beginning of the week with prices linked to supply and demand. Prices were stable for 25kg weaners and post-weaning piglets. According to “l’Institut du porc”, the FNP-FNCBV indices lost €c4 for 25kg pigs and €c71 for post-weaning piglets.

Cuts: The market is reported as calm due to the end of the month. However, operators were very optimistic as the weekend approached and the beginning of the new month is very close.


AQSIQ inspection in the spring

Chinese veterinarians will visit 17 new pork plants in the spring for their potential approval for export to Mainland China. Currently, there are 21 approved pork plants. (Source, Anice)

Higher exports to China

Jorge and Vall Company’s, together with the pig slaughterhouse Frigoríficos Costa Brava lead the ranking of Spanish exporters to China according to the Spanish Embassy in Beijing. In the January to September 2014 period, it is reported that the three companies accounted for 43% of the total Spanish pig meat and offal trade to China at €156.2m. Spanish exports to China in the nine-month period increased by 38% on the year to 123,000 tonnes. At this level, Spain surpassed Denmark and Canada to be the third largest foreign supplier of pig meat to the Chinese market, after the US and Germany. (Source: Alimarket)


Fire at Aalbæk Specialiteter

The manufacturing plant of the well-known Danish spegepølse sausage producer, Aalbæk Specialiteter, located in Billund, has been destroyed by fire. The fire burned the production facility to the ground, both storage and administration buildings escaped unscathed. The cause is being investigated. (Source,


On European markets. fresh hams traded at similar price levels or, in some, case slightly higher prices. Other cuts traded at virtually unchanged price levels. Stable sales were reported on the British bacon market. For markets outside Europe, slow sales continue to be reported to both Japan and China. One driver for the subdued demand is increasing competition from the USA. However, this is mainly offset by positive developments in exchange rates with the declining €/KR and the rising US$.


Vion CEO resigns

Michiel Herkemij, CEO of Vion, has resigned after a year in office. He and the Vion Board have mutually agreed that after a year of drastic changes, now is the time for change. Some major decisions have been taken over the past year, including several divestments which have ensured greater financial stability for the company. The Vion press release states, a number of strategic options have been developed and now is the time for a new leadership style for Vion to continue to build on these developments. The Supervisory Board Commissioner Tom Heidman will act as interim CEO. (Source, Vion)


German pig price increases

The German market situation is shifting from a surplus of pigs to a supply situation which does not sufficiently meet current demand. This is especially the case in Southern Germany where producers mention that high demand from slaughter facilities cannot always be met. The recommended price increased by €c5 per kg to €1.33 per kg. However, slaughterers report that it will difficult to achieve higher prices on the meat market.


Imports ban arises from suspected erroneous data

The Ministry of Agriculture has made a statement on the import ban from nine Belarus companies. The Ministry says that Rosselkhoznadzor was wrong to accuse the Belarussian companies of supplying products that didn’t meet required standards. According to the Ministry, the ASF genome was detected in counterfeit products that did not originate from Belarus. When Belorussian officers visited a Russian laboratory where the AFS genome was found, they discovered that the sausage skins didn’t belong to product made by Belarussian enterprises and the product documentation were obviously fake. The report on the visit has been sent to Rosselkhoznadzor. (Source,


Prices continue to fall

Wholesale prices for pigs, in live weight terms, in the Ukraine continue to decrease. On 26 January the average price for pigs was UAH22.5 per kg ($1.41 per kg). At this level, producers are close to zero profitability. The processors are also experiencing difficulties; sales in January are reported to have fallen by between 20% and 25% compared with December. Many processors have had to reduce raw material purchases. Optimistic forecasts predict the price decrease will last until the end of February 2015. (Source,


Higher pork production

According to the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, in 2014 total pork production, in live weight terms, was 3.83 million tonnes, 6% more than in 2013. (


Chipotle finds more pork

Following the suspension of a major pork supplier last week, Niman Ranch, already an important supplier to the fast food chain, will increase production. This is a good coup for Niman Ranch which positions itself as a leader of high welfare pork production. Pigs are generally raised in straw-bedded barns. See (Source, Pork Network)


Breeding herd down

The Chinese breeding herd fell by 7.8% in 2014 according to the Ministry of Agriculture. The pig shortfall is expected to come from higher productivity as the current figure is only 14.56 weaned pigs per sow per year (PSY). (Source, CNAgri)

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