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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

05 May 2015

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British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

The CNCA veterinary inspection concluded on Wednesday. The main points were the re-approval of English plants, the new approval of two additional abattoirs in Northern Ireland for export to Mainland China, and five additional cold stores. These initial conclusions look broadly positive – final confirmation is expected in a formal communication in the next six to eight weeks. The latest data on Private Storage Aid (PSA) shows that Denmark is storing most pork with 15,251 tonnes (2230 tonnes in the last week) receiving storage aid since the scheme entered into force on 9 March. Spain follows with 13,716 tonnes, then Germany (7,962 tonnes), Poland (7,647 tonnes), Italy (5,425 tonnes), the Netherlands (3,668 tonnes) and France (2,851 tonnes). In total across the EU, 63,507 tonnes of pigmeat have now been put into private storage (3,364 tonnes within last week). Boned legs account for 62.7% of the total, and boneless bellies for 17.2%.


Promotion of pork on the home market
The EU has, surprisingly, approved the co-funding of a promotion programme worth €1.9m over two years for the marketing of Austrian/EU meat in Austria. Austria has been accused by the European Commission of flouting EU rules on national marketing of meat. (Source, European Commission)


New export promotion programmes
A new three-year pork promotion programme by VLAM, the Belgium meat board, to Third Country markets (Australia, China, South Korea, Japan and South-East Asia) has been approved by the EU with a total budget of €1.67m. (Source, European Commission)

More on the horse meat scandal
Some 26 people were arrested in Belgium, France and Germany for illegal horse meat trading on 24 April. Some 800 fake horse passports and €37,000 in cash were seized by police. The alleged Belgian ringleader was arrested in France. Some 4,700 unlicensed horses were slaughtered in Southern France between 2010 and 2013 and the meat sold as beef. (Source, various)


Unhappy producers
The Irish Farmers’ Association has urged Minister Simon Coveney to take “immediate action” with regard to the “crisis in the pig sector”. Pig producers are losing money and the Irish have been moderately successful in replacing the lost Russian market. “The Minister must ensure that Bord Bía works harder to promote Irish pig meat on international markets”. (Source, Irish Farmers’ Journal)

Jump in production
Pig production in March rocketed up 14% against March 2014 to 296,900 pigs. Production is up 8% year on year in the first quarter. Obviously, the current market weakness highlighted above and the higher production are somehow linked. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag, our comment)


Jean Caby
Since Jean Caby sold its two plants in Brittany (Lampaul-Guimiliau and Ergué-Gabéric) to financier Turenne Lafayette, it is able to move from St André to Comines near the Belgian border. In the meantime, the St André plant is the only one able to market the Jean Caby brand and the focus has been placed on thin coarse sausages. Jean Caby would like to strengthen its position with French retailers and launched the northern “Ch’tite knack” made from pigs from the Picardie region. The objective is to produce 50 tonnes of this new sausage, this year. This product is already listed with Cora, Auchan and Match and, on the way, with Leclerc and Carrefour.

Jean Caby is also selling small chipolatas and merguez and is the small sausage specialist with a 34% market share. They are planning to double their turnover within three years. In short, Jean Caby produces 14,000 tonnes of processed product (60% own brands, 15% Jean Caby and 25% food service), including 8,000 tonnes of knacks sausages and 6,000 tonnes of cocktail sausages with a turnover of €35 million and 327 staff.

Trade balance
Mainly as a consequence of the closure of the Russian market, French pig meat exports decreased last year by 6% in volume to 707,078 tonnes compared with the previous year and were 9% lower in value. At the same time, imports increased by 6% in volume to 657,064 tonnes but remained unchanged in value. The result is that the trade balance remains positive in volume but decreased in value to minus €366 million.

Joint venture
The two pig producer groups, Cap 50 and Cam, are looking at joining together to create a unique group of producers.

Pigs: No change at the beginning of this week. According to “Marché du Porc Breton”, offers are sufficient for orders. The base price lost €c0.3 which is expected in a week shortened by a Bank holiday on 1 May.

Piglets: Availability remains measured for 25kg weaners and wider for 8kg piglets. Demand is stable; prices are stable or slightly lower. The FNP-Coop de France prices gained €c2 for 25kg weaners and €c36 for post-weaning piglets.

Cuts: This week could be livelier than last week. The beginning of May and long weekends (due to the bank holiday on 1 and 8 May) should be good for consumption and retailers will start to place new orders.


Large problems at German meat market
Large problems are talked about on the German market for pig meat. While additional impulses were expected at the start of the barbecue season, sales actually decreased in the poor weather. Large amounts of pig meat were offered but could not be cleared completely. This is also true for export, where additional impulses are lacking. The lack of several slaughter days in  will further tighten this situation. Therefore, a number of slaughter facilities started to push for a large price at the beginning of the week. Producers had to accept this and the recommended price eased by €c7 per kg down to €1.40 per kg. (Source, AMI)


Higher processed exports
The growth of Italian exports of processed products such as salami has been possible by increased imports of pork. In 2014, following the price crisis, pork production fell by a fifth compared with 2013. Slaughterings fell by 17% to 10.9 million head. (Source:




Two new PGIs
Chouriça de Melgaço and Presunto de Melgaço have been awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status by the European Commission. These are smoked chorizo and smoked dry-cured ham prepared from Bísara pigs. This brings to more than 50 the number of protected Portuguese pork products. (Source, European Commission)


Major EU-funded promotions
Three new Polish meat promotion programmes were unveiled in the latest EU package. The Union of Producers and Employers of Meat Industry (UPEMI) will promote beef, veal and pork with a budget of € 2.34 m. on the African, Kazakhstan, New Zealand and South-East Asian markets; a consortium of organisations will also promoting these meats together with other products on the African, Belarussian and Chinese markets, with a total budget of € 5.36 m.; the Polish Meat Association will target Japan and North America with a budget of € 0.9 m. with the same products. The approval of these three projects is linked to the additional € 30 m. funding provided by the EU to the overall promotion programme following the closure of the Russian market. (Source, European Commission)

Pini expands
Following the cancellation of the East German large abattoir project, the Italian company has expanded its Polish operation and is currently slaughtering 17,000 pigs per year. Imported pigs, mainly from Germany make a large share of the kill. (Source, own)


Russia seeks substitutes
The Russian government will allocate a total of RUB570m to a programme of import substitution in the food sector. Of this, at least one-third will go to the meat production sector, according to a draft of this project, which has an implementation horizon of five years, presented by the Minister of Agriculture of Russia. The Russian Administration forecasts that the pork imports are expected to fall from 620.000 tonnes in 2014 to 185,000 tonnes in 2017. (Source: Mercolleida)

Canadian ban lifted
On 27 April, Rosselkhoznadzor lifted the ban for import of breeding pigs from Canada, provided information on measures taken by the Canadian Veterinary Service to prevent outbreaks of porcine epidemic diarrhea are fulfilled. Shipments will be allowed from regions that have been free of the disease for at least 6 months. Exported animals should also be tested for presence of the virus. (Source,


Russia remains main export market
According to the Association of Pig Breeders of Ukraine (APBU), in March 2015 four Ukrainian pork companies were approved for export to the Russian Federation: VMP, Zhytomyrsky Meat-Processing Factory, APK-Invest and Svizhenka, the latter can only supply products after lab testing of each consignment. However, APBU experts say that EU should be the principal direction for Ukrainian pork exports, especially as depreciation of the national currency has made it more competitive. (Source,

Democratic Republic Congo

More pork imports
Despite the lack of documentary evidence, it appears that pork imports are increasing. The main imports are German (Westfleisch above all but also Tönnies) and French (Cooperl). Traders are complaining of large volumes of meat reimported at low price from Angola. BPEX is organising a mission to both Gabon and Congo from 27 September to 2 October (Source, own)


New producers
Shanxi Daxiang Agricultural & Husbandry Group from Shanxi Province has announced that it will diversify its broiler business to pig production; they plan to raise live hog 3 million head within five years. Tangshan Xinshijia Animal Food Co., Ltd and Beijing Capital Agricultural Group has reached an agreement to set up a 5,000 sow modern pig breeding farm in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei area for a live hog output of 100,000 head. (Source, CNAgri)

Merger of Wens and Dahuanong
Wens, the large agricultural conglomerate from Guangdong Province (34,000 employees, 12m pig production, Guandong Wens Foodstuffs), is to merge with Dahuanong a producer of veterinary products, also from Guangdong Province. Both companies are listed. Wens is planning to increase production to 14.6m pigs this year. On the other hand, Wens has reduced its production of yellow-feathered chickens by 20% due to avian influenza. (Source, CN Agri, Reuters)


New Plant
The president of the National Agricultural Council of Mexico (CNA), Benjamin Grayeb, has announced the construction of a pork plant in La Piedad, located in the state of Michoacan. This will increase the state production by 30%. (Source: Eurocarne)


Chile looks at the Russian market
Chile managed to increase exports of pork in 2014, up 1% compared with 2013. The main driver of the increase has been the growth in shipments to Russia, up 44%. (Source, Mercolleida)

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