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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

16 March 2015

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No offer has been registered since AIM was placed into receivership on 6 January and, therefore, the court has postponed the deadline to 19 March. Rumours circulating about a second serious proposal only led to confusion with the staff who are still on strike.

Farmer’s demonstrations

Still complaining about weak prices seen as a consequence of the simultaneous Russian ban and additional pressure exerted by French retailers, pig farmers in Brittany checked some supplies of raw material to Salaisons d’Arrée and to Jean Caby. Luckily, they only found French pig meat. According to La France Agricole, they also checked lorries parked next to the motorway and found a Spanish vehicle near Landivisiau, which they unloaded and burnt the meat in the car park.

Private storage

The EU Official journal of 6 March, published the financial conditions of private storage: for half pig carcases, the support per tonne is €230 for 90 days, €243 for 120 days and €257 for 150 days; for shoulders and legs the support per tonne is €254 for 90 days, €266 for 120 days and €278 for 150 days.

Paris ham from Argenteuil

Carrefour is keen to promote regional products and, for the first time, a special offer has been organised to promote charcuterie produced in the Paris region (Ile de France). Three products sourced from the Argenteuil-based charcuterie processor AT France SA are involved in the promotion: Standard Paris ham at €9.95 per kg, Paris ham on the bone sold on the deli counter at €14.95 per kg and a pork cooked joint at €9.95 per kg. All three products are marketed under the brand “Charles Keller”.

Pig Parade

This artistic exhibition will circulate in Brittany from April to September. Fifteen selected artists were given a sculpture of a pig which they have had to process into an artistic work. The project, sponsored by regional authorities, local authorities and city councils, was launched at the Agriculture show in Paris. The sculptures will be exhibited in eight cities starting with Perros-Guirec on 3 April. An auction sale will be organised at the end of the exhibition and benefits will go to the charity “Restos du Coeur”.


Pigs: Slaughtering is consistent and the 56 TMP base price increased by €c2 last Monday at Plérin.

Piglets: The French market is stable. Offers are more or less matched with demand. Prices are stable or slightly higher. FNP-Coop de France indices gained €c5 cents for 25kg weaners and €1.07 for 8kg piglets.

Cuts: Opinion is divided over Private storage measures. According to ‘Institut du porc (Ifip)’ “several experts… state that storage units are already full and they doubt the efficiency of such measures have arrived one month too late”. The main producing countries denounce a counterproductive measure because it would mean meat stored today will be used in the summer within the EU as the storage is not covered by export measures. According to Ifip, EU production is expected to increase as the number of covered sows increased by 1.2% between the end of 2013 and the end of 2014. Although the trend is down in France, by 1.2 % and 7.3 % in Netherlands, numbers were stable in Germany and increased in Denmark and Spain by 1.4 % and 9.2%. respectively.


Chinese expansion

A veterinary inspection is planned for the spring with the objective of adding 17 new abattoirs to the existing 20 approved for export to Mainland China. Spain exported €235m worth of pork and pig offal in 2014 to Mainland China, an increase of 40% on 2013. (Source, El Pais)

Flexibility of Chinese matters

“Then there is politics. Any breakdown in Spanish-Chinese relations would be fatal for Spanish pork producers. They suffered a scare last year when the Spanish High Court issued an international arrest warrant for former Chinese president Jiang Zemin and ex-prime minister Li Peng on charges of genocide, torture and war crimes in Tibet. The ensuing diplomatic crisis prompted the Popular Party government to push through an express reform of Spain’s universal justice law”. (Source, El Pais)

Processed meat exports increase

Spanish exports of processed meat products grew by 9.6% in 2014 to €857m, representing 12% of the total value of the domestic production. Among the major foreign markets highlighted by the growth were France (+11.7%), Portugal (+16.8%) and the UK (+13.2%). These markets together with Germany accounted for a 60% share of total exports. (Source: Carnicas 2000)

Cárnicas Serrano surpasses the 60M€ turnover in 2014

The family business, 100% Valencian, has dedicated 55 years to the manufacture and distribution of processed products. Their 2014 fiscal year closed with a turnover of €60m representing an increase of 5.58% over the previous year. The increase in exports has consolidated Cárnicas Serrano’s presence in all international markets , particularly in France, Benelux and the UK. (Source: Cárnicas 2000)


Supermarkets threaten to ban Danish pork

Swedish supermarkets ICA, Wyllis, Coop and Netto are threatening to boycott Danish pork on grounds of animal welfare, particularly the culling of unviable piglets. (Source, The Pig Site)


New legislation for meat imports

The Imported Food Safety Control Bill will apply from 4 February 2016. It does not change the pork import protocols. Importers and exporters must be registered. Access is now subject to risk analysis. Individual shipments may be subject to laboratory testing. (Source, AHDB)



Like Korea, Thailand is increasingly dominated by huge conglomerates. CP, which produces pork, poultry, eggs, fish, prawns and some beef as the largest food producer in Asia, is the third largest Thai company, Betagro (pork and poultry) the 22nd largest. (Source, InfoBizThailand)

Pork retailing

Branded pork from CP and Betagro dominates the retail sector, Betagro with its S Pure brand and CP with its three-tier offer: core, “natural” brand and korobuta (Berkshire) pork. Pork has the largest consumption of all meats in Thailand. Little beef or lamb is consumed. As a Buddhist country, there are a large number of vegetarians and semi-vegeterians. Pork is sold at the lowest price in Asia. (Source, own)


Farmers should give up pig breeding

During a meeting dedicated to protective measures aimed at fighting ASF in Volgogradskaya oblast, the Governor of the oblast suggested farmers give up pig breeding. He said that the Agricultural Committee needs to persuade the farmers and households to switch to breeding other animals. Farmers that follow this advice could receive help under the alternative animal breeding development programme, including financial help for the purchase of cattle, goats, sheep, poultry or bees. (Source,

Lower meat imports

According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, from 1 January to 2 March 2015 Russia imported 52,900 tonnes of meat (excluding meat imported from Belarus and Kazakhstan), this down threefold compared with the corresponding period in 2014. Specifically, pork imports were back nearly fourfold. (Source,

Ban for pork from VMP

Rosselkhoznadzor introduced a ban on pork imports from the Ukrainian enterprise VMP that will come into effect on 18 March. The decision was made after the officers of the Service found antibiotic traces (tetracycline group) in a frozen pork consignment from the company. (Source,


Prices continue to fall

At the start of the second week of March, the average liveweight pig price fell to UAH27 per kg (US$1.25 per kg) for grade-one pork. Processors are in pessimistic mood and market players say that trading activity remains sluggish. (Source,



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