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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

26 May 2015

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British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

EU exports rebounded strongly in March, up 13% at 138,000 tonnes against March 2014, making it the strongest March on record despite the loss of the Russian market in 2014. Pork exports to Mainland China were up 25%, South Korea up 44%, Australia up 85%, Philippines up 19% and USA up 42% for the first quarter of the year, compared with 2014. In contrast, exports to Japan fell by 9%. Offal exports are also up 12% to 88,000 tonnes with all markets performing strongly, particularly Korea, up 144% to 12,600 tonnes. Obviously, the weakness of the Euro against the US$ is helping European exporters but the strong focus on Asia is also helping. For example, even minor EU pork producing countries were present in the meat hall at SIAL Shanghai notwithstanding the major presence of countries such as Spain and Poland. Altogether, the EU exported €442m worth of pork and pig offal in March alone.


Special offers
The French Minister of Agriculture Mr. Stéphane Le Foll is getting involved in the regulation of special offers for pig meat with French supermarkets. He would like to have an agreement signed by all parts of the industry before the end of June, otherwise the government may decide on fixed periods for special offers. Special offers have a positive role to reduce oversupply with attractive prices (Leclerc supermarkets only traded 20,000 pigs during the fortnight prior to Christmas 2014) but these very low prices (less than €2.50 per kg for pork chops) confuse shoppers and erode the value of pig meat in general.

Organic pig meat
Two-thirds of French consumers believe that organic producers have a better income than conventional producers; in fact, the income is not better but simply more stable. When organic meat production is increasing significantly for all species, as far as pig meat is concerned the production only increased by 1.5% in 2014. 45% of organic pig meat is sold by supermarkets, 23% by organic specialised retail chains (Biocoop, La Vie Claire), 13% by independent butchers and 12% directly by producers.

Hénaff story: From blue to purple
Jean Hénaff started the production of his pâté in 1907 and one century later the recipe remains unchanged. The secret of the success of Hénaff pâté, sold in the famous blue tins, is that it is made with meat coming from the whole carcase including the fillet and legs. In 1973, the decision to sell to supermarkets generated big changes which hugely increased brand awareness. Then Loïc Hénaff, grandson of the founder decided to change the packaging and started using glass jars and, in 2011, launched a red tin for a hot version with additional spices. The latest innovation is a purple tin with an onion-based recipe launched last month.

No antibiotics
Although the inclusion of antibiotics in animal feed has been banned in the EU since 2008, Carrefour is launching “antibiotic free” pig meat for its own quality assurance scheme, “Filière Qualité Carrefour”. Carrefour also adds that this pig meat will come from pigs fed without GMOs (less than 0.9%) in the feed.

€5 million fund
Pig producers strongly affected by the Russian ban will be supported by a plan designed by FranceAgriMer to alleviate the financial difficulties faced by these farmers. Farmers with 35% debt rate will benefit from this measure with up to €15,000 per associate. Requests need to be made by 31 July.

The French state still has not paid the agreed €2.5 million loan to the AIM abattoir which is putting the abattoir in great difficulties caused by cash shortage. The French Minister of Economy and Finance, Emmanuel Macron, said he will make sure that at least part of the loan will be available very shortly.

Pigs: The small wind of stability across Europe is connected to supply and demand being more balanced. However, one or two more bank holidays than our European neighbours and the weather means France has not followed this trend. Availability from breeders is sufficient to cover the measured slaughter requirements. Next week will be again shortened by a bank holiday on Monday. The 56TMP base price is still under pressure but lost only €c0.3.
Piglets: No real change on the market of pork butchers, no change for production costs and no particular evolution in the availability from breeders. This range of parameters restricts the piglet market. Prices stay stable or slightly decreasing. Last week, FNP-Coop de France indices lost €c2 for 25kg pigs and €c36 for post-weaning piglets.
Cuts: The market is stable and good for the period. Demand is good for loins, legs, shoulders and breasts. Offers are sufficient and prices remain stable.


On European markets, fresh hams and other cuts traded at virtually unchanged prices this week.
Sales to the British bacon market continued at a stable level. For markets outside Europe, sales were also reported as stable to Japan with a good trade to China. (Source,


Small increase in the German pig price
Increasing temperatures and the long weekend for “Pfingsten” resulted in a higher demand for barbecue meat and rising sales during the first half of the week. Many producers also expected an increase of the pig price and significantly reduced the numbers of delivered pigs. Although regional differences can be found, the numbers of available pigs are, therefore, barely sufficient for the demand of the slaughter facilities. As for last week, this is especially true for the Northern parts of Germany. Although most market participants expect demand to ease for slaughter pigs and cuts next week, the recommended price was increased by €c3 per kg up to €1.45 per kg. (Source, AMI)


Incarlopsa to build a new abattoir
Incarlopsa plans a new abattoir and cutting plant as part of a €35m investment to replace the existing complex in Tarancón (Cuenca). The new plant will be able to process 400-600 pigs per hour and a total of 2,400 staff will be employed there, says Clemente Loriente, the MD of Incarlopsa/Martinez Loriente.(Source, Eurocarne on line)


Stable pig price
The average pork price, in live weight on 18 May was UAH31.5-33 per kg (US$1.51-1.58 per kg). However, most producers expect prices to increase to UAH $32-33.5 per kg (US$1.54-1.61 per kg) during the current week. However, market analysts say that, due to more or less stable UAH rate, there are no grounds for higher prices, even such small increase. (Source,


Less pork on the Russian market
According to the data provided by the Analytical Agency IMIT, during the January to March period, total pork production in Russia totalled 648,000 tonnes, 5% more than during the same period in 2014. Meanwhile, total volume of imported chilled and frozen pork, fat and byproducts during the same period totalled 38,100 tonnes which is 67% less, compared with the same period a year ago: 30% less chilled pork import, 63% less frozen pork. (Source,


Lithuania ban due to the ASF
On 19 May, the Department of Veterinary and Food Surveillance of Belarus introduced a temporary import ban for pigs, pork and pork derivatives from Lithuania, due to cases of the ASF registered on the territory of Lithuania. (Source,


USA loses COOL appeal
The USA has lost its WTO case against Canada and Mexico regarding the COOL (Country Of Origin Labelling) regulations. At a press conference in Ottawa, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast were joined by representatives of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Canadian Pork Council and threatened to impose hefty retaliatory tariffs. Canada and Mexico have been fighting COOL regulations as discriminatory against their national beef and pork since 2008. US House of Representatives Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, immediately introduced a legislative proposal to repeal COOL and just two days following the ruling, the Committee voted 38-6 to repeal COOL legislation. (Source, various)

New plant for Triumph and Seaboard
Seaboard and Triumph Foods announced a joint venture to build a pork processing plant in Sioux City, Iowa. Construction will begin this summer. The plant is expected to process about 3m pigs per year operating on a single shift. (Source,


New geographical indication
Chile is developing a protection system for denominations of origin similar to that which exists in the EU. The latest example is the Prosciutto de Capitán Pastene. The hams are cured from ten to thirty months in the town of Capitán Pastene. (Source, Eurocarne online)



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