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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

10 February 2015

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British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin


Record live exports

Exports of weaners reached a new record in 2014 with 10.9m (+1.2m). In contrast, export of slaughter pigs, gilts and sows fell by 23,000 to 400,000 head. Only 18.2m pigs were slaughtered in Danish abattoirs (-200,000 heads) in 2014. (Source, Markedsnyt)

The Danish Meat Company in receivership

The abattoir in Vrå has been placed in receivership. It stopped operating last February at the time of the Russian ban. In January 2014, the plant was slaughtering 21,000 pigs. (Source, Markedsnyt)

Research on piglet mortality

At the moment, according to reports, 20-25% of piglets do not make it. The Danish Research Institute has launched a campaign to reduce this level to below 15%. However, there is no quick fix to this issue and results are only expected by 2020. The organisation aims to test three different on-farm models. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


On the European market, both fresh hams as Fore-end cuts traded at higher price levels on the week. Other cuts were being sold at similar levels to the previous week, or in some cases, trade was reported to be slightly firmer.The British bacon market was reported as unchanging with a stable sales situation. For markets outside Europe, reports of slow trade to both China and Japan persist.


Own brands for culinary aids

Following Carrefour, Auchan has also invested (through Aoste processor) in the launch of its own brand of raw ham culinary aids such as stir-fry which is presented in 100g retail packs costing €1.89 each.

Stir-fry and plancha cuts for Tendre & Plus

The Elivia brand “Tendre & Plus” is incorporating new products:

  • Ham stir-fry with a marinade
  • Spiced loin slices marinated with either a Mexican mix or Curry.

The association of Elivia with Dawn Meats will boost the development of a large range of meat-based meal solutions where the origin of the meat is not considered to be a hurdle. Dawn Meats has a great experience in this area which should be exploited to the full by the French cooperative.


The deadline for offers for the takeover of the AIM abattoirs has been postponed to the 12 February. As mentioned in previous reports, there are still rumours for a possible joint initiative from Brient and Loste-Tradi pig meat processors. The next court appearance is scheduled on 24 February.


Thanks to the strong performance of own brand sales at the end of the year, Fleury-Michon ended 2014 with an increased turnover of €707.1 million. Charcuterie sales increased by 9.5% compared with +0.6% for the national average. Over the last quarter of 2014 alone, sales increased by 7.3% to €180.9 million.


Pigs: Brittany has not followed the scheduled increase in prices in the North of Europe. The 56 TMP base price was stable last Monday at Plérin. Exports to third countries are very low for the time of year while the market in France is stable and nothing more than that.

Piglets: No change for the beginning of the week. If the market for 25kg weaners is stable; the market for 8kg piglets is weaker. FNP-FNCBV indices were stable this week.

Cuts: The market is stronger due to the start of the month and is more regular, especially for legs and to a lesser extent for loins.


Westfleisch the winner for Gausepohl beef

Westfleisch will finally buy Gausepohl beef which was placed in receivership last autumn, following an agreement with creditors. For reference, Gausepohl, the fifth largest German beef processor was part of the family named group which also owns other pork and processing interests. The company was expected to be taken over by Tönnies but the offer was ultimately rejected. Gausepohl exported most of its production and was badly affected by the Russian ban. (Source, LP)

Low numbers of slaughter pigs, problems at the meat market

In Germany, currently a large discrepancy between the meat market and the live pig market can be found. The number of available pigs is still comparably low and they can be sold without problem. In addition, slaughter weights are decreasing. The meat market on the other hand, is currently lacking impulse and higher prices could only be achieved for a few pork cuts such as loins and necks. Therefore, many slaughter facilities have already paid lower prices for pigs or reduced their slaughter throughput. However, the producers slightly increased the recommended price to €1.35 per kg.

Porcine Brucellosis

In Berkheim (Baden-Württemberg) the veterinary authorities have noted in one pig herd an outbreak of porcine brucellosis. (Source,


Towards easier export health certification

New legislation creates a Certification Commission whose role is to facilitate exports to Third Countries including the coordination of state services, the promotion of measures to simplify procedures and the reinforcement of veterinary guarantees. The new law applicable to all zootechnical products to be exported to the EU and Third Countries regulates conditions for exporting establishments and fixes the mechanism of coordination between the relevant administrations. Traceability requirements will be independently audited. A new computerised system called CEXGAN will manage certification procedures. (Source, Eurocarne)

Campofrio rebuilds the Burgos plant

Production is expected to resume in the fourth quarter of 2016 and the new plant financing is guaranteed by state and local authorities (Feder funding). At this stage, only 30% of the giant plant is functioning following the 2014 fire. Small suppliers will also benefit from state aid (Cosme funding). (Source, Eurocarne)

Argal takes over Monells

Argal the large Catalan processor has bought Embutidos Monells from the Monells Comas family. Monells operates three factories in Catalonia with a turnover of €86m. (Source, Eurocarne)


Pork export to Mainland China

HK Scan Forssa and Atria are expected to send their first shipment of frozen pork to Mainland China over the next few days following a successful inspection last August. The Finnish plants are desperate to replace their lost Russian exports. (Source, various)


Rosselkhoznadzor inspection

As from 29 January, Rosselkhoznadzor experts have been carrying out inspection of meat-processing enterprises of Belarus. According to the statement of Leonid Zayets, the Minister of Agriculture of Belarus, the inspectors didn’t find any serious violations. Currently, the negotiations on the possibility to resume exports of all meat products (raw and processed) from the nine Belorussian enterprises (that lost the possibility to export to Russia after allegedly ASF virus was found) are being processed in Moscow. (Source:


Pork exports up in December

According to information provided from the State Customs Service, pork export from Ukraine in December 2014 increased to 1,650 tonnes from 1,145 tonnes during November. Total 2014 pork export totalled 9,362 tonnes. (Source:


Russia import ban from Kyiv oblast

On 28 January, Russia banned the import of pigs and products produced from pigs from Kyiv oblast in the Ukraine due to a case of classical swine fever being registered there. The export of all feed types and used equipment for breeding, slaughter and processing has also been banned. (Source:

Russia suspended preparation for EU inspection

Rosselkhoznadzor has stopped conducting inspections of pork producers in a number of EU countries (France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Hungary and the Neatherlands) in order to enable them to return to the Russian market. Sergey Dankvert, the Head of Rosselkhoznadzor, said that the officers of the Service are not sure if they should go on with inspections because some EU countries are protesting against this selective approach and claim that all EU producers should be treated equally. Mr Dakvert says that it’s hardly possible because the EU countries have different epizootic situations, for example, the ASF cases were registered in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and these countries will not be able to supply pork to Russia for the next three years. (Source,

Brazil, Canada, USA, Belarus and Serbia the winners in smaller market

With the ban of EU pork in place, imports of pork products from Brazil rose to 115,000 tonnes in 2014 (+18.7%), imports from Canada surged to 98,000 tonnes (+71.7%) and imports from the USA raced ahead to 23,400 tonnes (+269%). Imports from Chile were stable but Belarus and Serbia benefited from product scarcity with exports, respectively, of 8,900 and 8,300 tonnes. In total, Russian imports fell by 54.5% to 317,000 tonnes. The fall is most pronounced with pork fat whose imports have shrunk from 193,400 to 33,600 tonnes due to the shortfall of EU fat. (Source, Russian customs)


According to data from the National Union of Pork Producers, in 2014 the market share for Miratorg, the key operator of the Russian meat market, was 12.7%. It increased pork production to 370,000 tonnes in liveweight terms in 2014 due to launch of new production facilities in Kurskaya oblast. (Source,


Poor start to the year for Brazilian pig meat exports

According to data from the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade of Brazil, during the month of January, Brazilian pork exports totalled 23,800 tonnes, 20.7% lower than December and 14.7% less than in January a year ago. As the value of exported pig meat, it is estimated that the average price paid by importers of Brazilian meat was US$2,714 dollars per tonne, 7.5% lower than in December and 2% less than a year ago. (Source: Eurocarne)


Hypor’s target

Hypor, the Dutch breeder, now has a representative, Sujit Kumar, for India. (Source, India Agri-biz)


Trouw new regional office

Trouw Nutrition - Nutreco has opened its Asia Pacific regional office in Bangkok. “We work to address specific needs of customers to make sure feed and food is safe and to reduce the use of antibiotic” Martiin Adorf, Managing Director Feed Additives of Nutreco said, Trouw Nutrition has nine plants in China, Indonesia and Vietnam. The company plans to officially open its new plant in Surabaya, Indonesia, in July or August and the plant in Vietnam in March. (Source, Asian Agri-biz)


Tet preparation

Meat processors are preparing for the T?t festival (Vietnamese New Year) on 12 February. Vissan, the leader of pork production in Ho Chi Minh City, has planned to market the meat of 46,000 pigs and 2,000 cattle as well as 4,000 tonnes of prepared food. (Source, Asian Agri-biz)


FMD is spreading

Porcine FMD has broken out in seven provinces covering a wide area of China, according to Chinese media reports. The disease has been reported on pig farms in Henan, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Tianjin and Liaoning provinces. The disease is spreading due to winter weather, farmers skimping on disease control, and crowded and unsanitary conditions on some farms, according to Chinese analysts. Despite the outbreaks and the approach of Chinese New Year, wholesale pork prices have fallen in the last month, suggesting a market in oversupply. (Source, Asian Agri-biz)


The China-Britain Business Council has published a report on the all-important middle-income Chinese, ie people earning between £6,000 and £23,000 per year – soon to be updated to £10,000 to £30,000 or 2-8 times the average income. These will represent 75% of urban Chinese households by 2022 with the upper-middle income share of expenditure increasing to 56% of the total £2.7 trillion consumption (up from £1tn in 2012). There are some interesting facts: In 2002, 40% of middle-income people lived in the ‘big four’ cities Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen; by 2022, this will fall to 15% and the middle-income will live in their great majority in the 41 major cities, with a shift to the west and the north. Key consumer trends include less saving (at the moment households save 30% of their income), continued growth of e-commerce, more tourism, strong demand for luxury goods and less brand loyalty. The report is available from the export office.


More on Chipotle

The recent partial pork ban was described as a “theatrical move” by the Wall Street Journal designed to steal the limelight from McDonalds on the cuddly subject of animal welfare. (Source, Wall Street Journal)

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