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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

08 May 2015

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British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

The requirement for heart incisions for meat inspection in the EU for pigs of less than a year of age has been removed. This is welcome as it puts us on a more level playing field for Third Country exports for this commodity.

The EU Commission has closed the private storage aid for pig meat, the scheme was opened on 9 March 2015. The Commission believes that it is no longer justified as EU prices have stabilised and the weekly uptake by operators has now dropped to modest volumes. Although the official closing date is 8 May (due to delays for adoption of the closing Regulation), in practice the scheme ended on 29 April as applications have been rejected since that date.


Success for Tierwohl
Despite its detractors, the Tierwohl initiative has attracted a lot of demand that may exceed the funding available. (Source, Pig Progress)

Supply and demand on the German pig slaughter market is currently balanced. Slaughter companies are showing a firm interest in slaughter pigs, even with a public holiday on 14 May. On the other hand, many traders are complaining of a weak meat market with stocks remaining in chillers. Due to the good weather this time last year, the bbq season started four weeks earlier. This year, this special demand is still lacking. In the hope of good weather, retailers have already produced bbq meat ready for sale. The supply on slaughter pigs is so far 2% higher than last year. German pig meat exports showed a decrease of 6% in January and February 2015 compared with last year. (Source, AMI)


Poor spring weather across Europe, generally, has resulted in demand that is struggling to match the current supply of pork in recent weeks. On European markets, fresh hams and fore-ends traded at unchanged prices this week. Loins are under pressure and traded at slightly lower prices. Trade for other cuts was also under pressure but price levels remained virtually unchanged. On the British bacon market a stable sales situation continued to be reported. For markets outside Europe, a stable sales situation was reported to Japan and a good trade to China. (Source,


Usual threat
Pig meat processors remain the main target for angry pig producers. Both nationally and regionally, producers have expressed their concerns through the National Pig Federation (FNP), the regional farmers’ union FRSEA of the Loire region and the Young Farmers union. Unless special offer prices increase rapidly, pressure from producers is expected to strengthen. At the retail end, the response of M E Leclerc to unionist farmers was very clear: “Producers complain about special offers but when stocks are too high they are the first to ask for them”. ONEP, representing producers at “Coordination Rurale” farmers’ union, sent a video to French members of parliament and to the French Ministry of Agriculture explaining that 80% of pig meat is sold with special offers with a maximum price of €2.00 per kg when €5.00 per kg is needed.

Dry Ham World Congress
The 8th Dry Ham World Congress will take place in Toulouse on 26 June. The congress will gather processors, industry organisations, scientists and vets. More details available on

End of private storage
Requests for pig meat private storage have been accepted until 28 April inclusive. So far, out of the 60,143 tonnes stored through the EU, 2,721 tonnes came from France.

Pigs: Demand remains very low and the 56TMP base price lost €c1.1. In a European context, demand is decreasing which increases fears of an accentuation of intra-European competition on meat markets.
Piglets: No change on the French piglet market. Offers exceed demand, in particular for 8kg piglets, with prices remaining stable or slightly decreasing. FNP-Coop de France prices were stable last week.
Cuts: According to the latest data from Agreste, French porcine meat consumption since the beginning of the year has increased by 3.7% year-on-year, compared with the same period of 2014. Slaughterings increased by 1.4%, exports fell by 10.1% and 2.7% less was imported.


Italians welcome new labelling rules for pork
The labelling of the origin of pork will favour Italian pork at retail. Until now, Italian pork is often mixed with imported products when packed in stores or central packing plants. (Source, Assica bulletin)

Pulled pork at Milan Expo
Pork is not widely seen at Milan Expo (with the exception of salami and dry-cured ham) but the US pavilion serves food from six food vans including one dedicated to pulled pork. (Source, own)

Record exports
The value of exports of processed pork products rose by 6.3% in 2014 to €1.259b for 148,000 tonnes of products. Dry-cured ham dominates exports with a value of €648m. Germany, France and the UK account for more than half the exports. Italian food exports are outperforming all other industrial sectors. (Source, Assica bulletin)

Turnaround in 2015
There is a timid but palpable feeling of optimism in Italy. Food consumption should increase by 0.6%, production by 1.2% and exports by 6% in 2015. (Source, ISMEA)

We mentioned last week the rise of Pini in Poland. Pini is now the largest pig abattoir group in Italy through Bertana and Ghinzelli and owns a Bresaole plant in the Italian Alps where the business started; the group owns Hungary Meat Kft and the abattoir, hamburger and pork processing plants in Poland. In total, the understated group slaughters more than 6m nowadays which puts it within the top group of European pork processors. Their very large stand at Tutto Foods demonstrated the capacity of the group to supply efficiently the low and medium end of the Italian meat market with locally produced or imported meat. (Source, own)


More details on Tönnies’ investments
Serbia Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that the contract with Tönnies would be signed this month, adding that the first five of twenty pig farms would be built in the Banat region in Pancevo, Vrsac, Zitiste, Zrenjanin and Kikinda, and would be operational in the summer. Serbia's Prime Minister informed that the investment of the German company in its Serbian unit amounted to around €420m and will eventually produce 3m pigs. (Source, Dnevnik)


Upward pork prices trend
From the middle of April, pork prices and prices for live pigs in Russia started increasing. Prices for first-grade pork increased by RUB 1 and by 29 April levelled at RUB 182.8 per kg (US$3.60 per kg). According to market experts, price increase resulted from macroeconomic factors, first of all, from the depreciation of the Ruble. (Source,,

CJSC Dan Kub investment
According to Andrey Ustinov, CFO of the CJSC Dan Kub, the company intends to attract RUB120m (US$2.363m) investment into the revival of its pig-breeding complex in Krasnodarski Krai. The complex ceased operation in August 2012 due to ASF epidemics. However, all equipment remained in good condition, and following the investment from the Dutch investor (Dan-Invest), it’s possible to relaunch the complex. According to Mr. Ustinov, with pork imports from most of the EU countries forbidden, it’s a very favourable time to relaunch their pig-breeding. (Source,


Ban for Russian pork import lifted
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Belarus has lifted the import ban of pork from three oblasts of the Russian Federation. Import from Amurskaya, Ivanovskaya abd Kostormskaya oblasts were allowed, due to no cases of ASF being registered in these oblasts. The ban is lifted for live pigs, pork, reproductive material, processed products as well as other raw materials obtained from pigs. (Source,

Meat production decreased
According to the National Statistic Committee of Belarus, during the January to March period this year, production of meat and meat by-products amounted to 153,100 tonnes (5.8% less compared with the same period in 2014). Specifically, pork production decreased by 14% to 36,800 tonnes. Sausage production decreased 13.9% to 49,100 tonnes. (Source,

Cabo Verde

ASF outbreak
Boavista Island, with large backyard pig production, has been hit by an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF). (Source, OIE)



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