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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

09 March 2015

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British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin


Lack of enthusiasm for the merger from producers

The merger between Danish Crown and Tican will not bring higher prices and will restrict competition claim producers. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


On the European market, chilled hams and other traded at similar prices to the previous week. Sales on the British bacon market have been reported as stable. Reports of steady sales continue to third-country markets, including China and Japan. (Source,



150 employees of AIM came to Paris on Thursday 26 February to demonstrate in front of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rue de Varenne. If the plant cannot find a new owner, 500 of the 600 employee’s jobs are under threat. According to “La France Agricole”, the pig cooperative Cap 50, positioned as simultaneous supplier and major shareholder of AIM, is prepared to negotiate a buying price with the commitment of the French government. A new proposition has been mentioned but no name so far. Two proposals will also be examined on 6 March by the court for the takeover of the AIM group’s Antrain beef site.

MPB surrounded

On the afternoon of 26 February, 15 pig buyers were held in the office of the Marché du Porc Breton (MPB) in Plérin where 150 pig producers demonstrated against the poor price paid by the buyers (€1.21 per kg). The producers who stayed late at MPB were supported by the local authorities (Préfet) who asked for a minimum price of €1.40 per kg to cover the increasing feed costs.


Pigs: Followng the tension last Thursday, the first session of quotations took place peacefully. The 56 TMP base price increased by €c0.3 per kg. Offers were good for demand described as normal.

Piglets: Firmness in the markets is reported around Europe. Availability from breeders remains moderate with regular demand resulting in stable or slightly increasing prices. FNP-Coop de France indices are increasing. Last week, they increased by €c8 for 25kg weaners and €1.43 for 8kg piglets.

Cuts: The combined effect of the beginning of the month and the end of school holidays should see the market improve. Promotion operations in hyper-stores should lead to higher sales and increased consumption.


Vion’s pork plans

Gordert Tegelberg, Vions’ Pork Division Director since April 2014, plans to reduce further the number of its abattoirs to 3 in Holland, 3 in Northern Germany and 4 in Southern Germany. This would increase capacity utilisation from 70% to 90%. Vion slaughters 15.5m pigs annually in the Netherlands and Germany. The plan to reduce the number of Nordfleisch and Südfleisch abattoirs was first mooted more than ten years ago. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag, our comment)

No interest for private storage in the Netherlands

The main processors Van Rooi, Compaxo and Vion feel that there is little headway for profit in the scheme that “is coming too late”. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)

New abattoir for Westfort

The new plant, as a result of the fusion between Lunenburg Oudewater and Egbert Kruiswick, will open in September alongside the Westfort cutting plant in Ijsselstein. It will provide “hypermodern” CO2 stunning. (Source, Vleesmagazine)


New organisation for the Flemish Piétrain breeders

The breeders are changing their boar selection programme. They will work more closely with abattoirs for data and match their index more closely with market requirements. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


Closure of historical Menzefricke plant

The zur-Mühlen Group has closed the historical Nölke Menzefricke plant in Versmold with the net loss of 60 jobs. The plant had operated since 1898. (Source, AFZ)

German pig price eases

The turnaround of the German pig market continues. Slaughter pig availability is still comparably low and, while demand from slaughter facilities is also low in most regions, a surplus of pigs is mentioned by several producers. In addition, retailers have not been able to significantly increase their prices. As a result, most slaughter facilities have demanded reductions in the pig price. Even though the market in Southern Germany is still roughly balanced, the overall situation warranted a lower pig price and, as a result, the recommended pig price eased by €c4 per kg to €1.43 per kg. (Source, AMI)


Higher pork exports

Spanish meat exports are dominated by fresh and frozen pigmeat. Pigmeat exports surpassed the one million tonne mark in 2014, up 9.3% on 2013 levels at 1,076,365 tonnes. Export figures for cured ham have also increased, according to data from ICEX-Estacom, which reached 40,436 tonnes in 2014, 14.7% more than in 2013, at an estimated value of €347m. All other meat products (sausages and processed meats) have also shown positive performance in 2014. (Source: Eurocarne)

Palacios sold again

ProA Capital has sold the pork processor from La Rioja to another private investor, the Carlisle Group. (Source, Eurocarne)


Fewer pigs in Finland

The national pig herd has been falling since 2008. According to the December census, there are now 3% fewer sows (117,800) in Finland. (Source, Boederij Vandaag)


ASF in Volgogradskaya

According to information published on Rosselkhoznadzor’s webpage, a new case of ASF was registered on the territory of Volgogradskaya oblast. The ASF genome was found during laboratory tests on a sample taken from a wild boar killed in the Razdorskiy hunting reserve. Officers of the Service are taking measures to prevent the further spread of the disease. (Source:,

Pork production increases in 2014

According to the National Union of Pork Producers of Russia, in 2014, pork production increased by 12.3% compared with 2013 and amounted to 2.9m tonnes. (Source,


Pork production results

According to the Ukrainian State Statistic Service, in 2014, total production of fresh and chilled pork amounted to 220,000 tonnes compared with 203,500 tonnes in 2013. In January 2015, total production of fresh and chilled pork amounted to 16,600 tonnes. Frozen pork production in 2014 totalled 14,100 tonnes, up from 10,500 tonnes in 2013. In January 2015, frozen pork production totalled 1,700 tonnes. (Source,,

Cost of livestock production

According to a statement made by Oleksandr Bakumenko, MP, deputy head of the Agrarian Policy and Land Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament, the cost of livestock production has increased by between 65% and 75% over the last three months, while offer prices only increased by 10-20%. (Source,


Lower pork production

According to data from the National Statistic Committee of Belarus, in January 2015 pork production totalled 12,000 tonnes, 18.8% lower compared with January 2014. Production of sausage products amounted to 16,100 tonnes, down 17.3% compared with January 2014. (Source,


Olymel and Atrahan in partnership

Olymel, the major Quebec pork processor has agreed a joint partnership with smaller Atrahan, also based in Quebec. Atrahan, founded in 1956, processes 1m pigs per year, employs 350 staff and exports pork to 50 countries around the world. (Source:


Production falls

In 2014, Chilean pork production reached 520,074 tonnes, a decrease of 5.4% compared with 2013. However, in December 2014, production was 4% higher month-on-month and 1.4% higher than in the corresponding month a year earlier. In January 2015, pork exports reached 8,473 tonnes (excluding offal), a 27% increase on the year. Notable increases were to South Korea and China. (Source: Eurocarne)


Fewer larger farms

The number of Korean pig farms has fallen sharply – there are around 5,000 pig farms now compared with 24,000 in 2000. Although pig farm numbers have declined, there has been a steady increase in total pig numbers – rising from around 8m in 2000 to just under 10m in 2014. (Source, Pig Progress)

Biosecurity the biggest challenge

Following the Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) epidemic of 2011-12, Koreas still faces PEDv and sporadic outbreaks of FMD and Classical Swine Fever (CSF). (Source, various)

Meat consumption on the increase

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety recently announced that the 50m South Koreans consumed some 44kg of meat per person on average last year, up 22% from 36.8kg in 2009. Pork is the most popular choice with 1.08 million tonnes consumed in 2014. (Source, MFDS)


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