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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

27 April 2015

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British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

UK pork exports in February rose by 10% year-on-year despite the strength of Sterling against the Euro due largely to higher shipments to China, up by a quarter. However, a fall in unit prices led the value of UK exports to decline by 8% to £14.7m. Still, exports benefited from the high US$.

This week was marked by intense activity regarding access to China. The AQSIQ veterinary inspection ended on Wednesday and was immediately followed by the arrival of the CNCA inspectors. Obviously, we must remain cautious, but AQSIQ inspectors were positive at the closing meeting.


Weight Watchers sausages
Last year’s steak hachés launch, manufactured by Socopa, boosted mince sales for Socopa with sales increasing by 6.4%. Today Weight Watchers is launching chipolatas and mince, retail packs of four 55g chipolatas selling for €2.90 and 250g mince packs selling at €2.90.

The new company (SAS) managing the AIM pig meat plant in Ste Cécile, is controlled by employees (51%) and local authorities (49%). 206 of the 373 existing posts will be maintained. The two local authorities (département and region) have already injected €8m to purchase the property assets of AIM and should add a further €2m to support the takeover. Additional support is expected from Bpifranc, a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts (French national public financial institution). In short, the new deal should cost French tax payers €4-5m . However, the future of this new set-up is already in question, particularly as most pigs from Cap 50, the ex-co-owners of AIM, are currently being slaughtered by Cooperl and Abera.

Pigs: There has been no change on the French pork market at butchers. While good prices are confirmed in the EU, it has been difficult for the 56 TMP to maintain its price, losing €c0.2 on Monday.
Piglets: Some breeders are selling higher numbers, particularly 8kg piglets, due to their poor financial situation. Prices have oscillated between stability and a slight decrease depending on the region.
Cuts: No change at the beginning of the week. Slaughter throughputs have maintained the balance between supply and demand resulting in stable prices.


AMI forecasts down
The analysts are predicting a fall of German pork production of 1% in 2015 to 46.1m pigs. (Source, AMI)

More on pig welfare
The Agriculture Minister has unveiled a new 400-page report on pig welfare with recommendations for higher pig welfare, currently a hot subject for state and national politics. The main issue, as usual, is the cost of the proposal. There is another issue: the new Tierwohl initiative has just been implemented. It is already criticised as “too little”. (Source, AFZ)

Attacks from WWF
A well-publicised study from the World Wide Fund for Nature recommends a halving of meat consumption in Germany. The organisations main gripe is with the carbon footprint of imported feed. (Source, WWF)

The second increase in the German pig price last week affected the meat market adversely with sales decreasing. In addition, the higher prices couldn’t be fully transferred to the pork cuts, many traders complained about low margins. The sole exception is barbecue meat, which was still being sold in acceptable quantities at slightly higher prices. As a result of the overall unsatisfactory situation at the meat markets, several slaughter facilities reduced throughputs. Pressure from slaughter facilities increased on a daily basis and producers reacted with a decrease in the recommended price by €c3 per kg. (Source, AMI)


Westvlees and Covalis merge
The new group called Belgian Pork Group, unsurprisingly, will slaughter 4.2m pigs per year or about a third of Belgian pigs. The group aims to have a stronger export presence and have greater possibilities of investment in mechanisation. Westvlees owns four plants in Westrozebecke, Lovenfosse (Aubel), Moorslede (d’Hulster) and Staden (Lavameat). Covalis owns pig abattoirs in Meer (Comeco) and Wijtschate (Covameat). Westvlees MD, Jos Claeys, will lead the 1,700 staff. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


Changing times
Gosschalk, the large Dutch slaughterer, has increased the boar discount from €3.00-4.50 per head. The firm says boar meat is harder to export with the Russian market closed. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


Profitability and investment too low
VSP the Danish technical services organisation says the last good year for Danish pig farmers was 2006 and they are not generating enough cash to invest. For the period 2006-14, the Danish industry has created arrears of €1b of investment. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


Japanese and Korean inward mission
A mission has been organised by the International Department of the Catalan Federation of Meat Industries (FECIC). The Catalonian companies: Carniques Celrá, Cárnica Batallé, Friselva, Cárnicas Toni-Josep, Mafriges, Patel, Le Porc Gourmet and Matadero Frigorífico Avinyó, received 7 Japanese and 7Korean meat importers last week. The visit, part of the Strategic Internationalisation plan 2015-2020, aims to bring together buyers from these two Asian countries with Catalonian pork exporters. In 2014, Japan was the third largest market for Catalan products at 42,386 tonnes, South Korea ranked eighth at 26,367 tonnes. (Source: Cárnicas 2000)


Progression of pork imports at the expanse of home production
The growth of Italian exports of processed pork products (salumi) such as dry-cured ham is met by imported pork rather than local heavy pigs. An analysis by Crefis, an organisation monitoring the economy of the Italian pig sector says that the Italian production capacity has shrunk by a fifth in 2014 following years of crisis and that large import substitutions are taking place. On the other hand, the profitability index of pig production is now comfortably up. The profitability of Parma ham producers has been affected by the difficult market and excess production. Crefis was created in 2009 at the Catholic University of Sacro Cuore in Emilia. See (Source, Crefis)


Foreign investment
The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is planning to allocate €200-300m for the development of Ukrainian agriculture, specifically allocating €100m for pig breeding support. Last year, two Ukrainian pig-breeders got money from the EBRD – Nyva Pereyaslavshchyny (US$30m) and Danosha (€35m). (Source,


New Minister of Agriculture
Vladimir Putin appointed Aleksandr Tkachov, the Governor of Krasnodarskiy Krai, as the new Minister for Agriculture. The former Minister, Nikolay Fedorov, was appointed as Mr Putin’s counsellor in the sphere of agricultural development. (

Boneless pork price is more or less stable
According to the information provided by the Federal Statistic Service, the average price for boneless pork in Russia in March 2015 was RUB361.12 per kg ($5.85 per kg), which is RUB0.41 per kg lower than in February 2015. However, compared with March 2014, the average price has increased by 21%. (Source,

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