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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

08 June 2015

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British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

A presentation at the annual conference of the British Meat Processors’ Association on 4 June highlighted the need to raise export value. Product consistency, eating quality (mainly for beef and lamb), product presentation (including packaging and outer), focused trade development and customer support, level of service, development of the marketing proposition and promotion are areas on which exporters must focus.


Angry pig producers
Two supermarket depots in Brittany were blocked on Wednesday 27 May by 80 angry pig and cattle producers. They blocked all entrances with mud piles and stopped lorries to check the origin of the products. Some products with unknown origin were seized. Demonstrators asked for increased returns to cover production costs: +€0.60 per kg for beef and +€0.20 per kg for pig meat. Similar demonstrations took place during the following days.

French exports
Over the first three months of the year, French pig meat exports to the EU decreased by 7.8% compared with 2014 and by 12% to third countries. Exports to Japan (-24.7%), China (-19.6%) and Greece (-18.6%) have suffered the most.

Korean lead
A Korean inspection mission has been organised to visit semen collection centres in France at the end of June, this will be an opportunity for the Korean inspectors to audit three processing plants: Charcuterie des Druides in Britanny, Haraguy Jambon de Bayonne in the south-west and Conserves du Rouergue in the south of France.

Pigs: The 56 TMP base price lost only €c0.1 last Monday, this was despite stocks being carried over from the previous Thursday. The beginning of the month and the end of the bank holiday will be good for slaughterings, professionals are hoping for a quick return to higher consumption levels.
Piglets: The market is stable despite ample offers applying pressure to prices. The FNP-Coop de France indices remained stable last week.
Cuts: The beginning of the month is a good period for the consumption. There are more consumers in-store, particularly over weekends. The market for meat is stable, as are prices.


Record production
In the first quarter, Germany produced 1.41m tonnes of pork, up 3.1% on the first quarter of 2014 representing 14.98m pigs. (Source, AFZ)


WH sells its Campofrio holding
China-based pig producer and pork processor WH Group has sold its 50% equity interest in major European processor Campofrio to Mexican company Alfa for US$354m (£230m) in cash. (Source, Pig e-news)


On the European market, fresh hams continued to trade at similar price levels this week. Other cuts also traded at virtually unchanged prices compared with a week earlier. A stable sales situation has been reported on the British bacon market. For third-country markets outside Europe, a continued stable sales situation was reported to Japan with a good trade to China.


EU membership is accompanied by a rise of pork imports
In 2014, Croatian pork imports rose to 79,500 tonnes led by Germany with 30,000 tonnes and Holland with 15,000 tonnes. (Source, Agra Europe)


No Chinese imports – yet
Despite the announcement in February of approval of Chinese pork imports, shipments have yet to commence. Rosselkhoznadzor is still inspecting the Chinese pork production facilities and monitoring the slaughtering process and consignment formation. Meanwhile, the border control point at Pokrovka, Bikinskiy region, is ready to receive shipments. (Source,

New pig-breeding and processing complex
A new pig complex is planned in the Kemerovskaya oblast, Russia, which will include a breeding complex for 300,000 pigs, a feed-production facility, together with a pork-processing plant with a capacity 60,000 tonnes per year. According to the import-substitution programme, it is planned that the region will be self-sufficient in pork production by 2020. (Source,


Falling pig sales
According to State Statistic Service data, in April 2015 the volume of pigs, expressed in weight, sold in the Ukraine by breeding enterprises totalled 39,800 tonnes, down 5.3% compared with March 2015. The total volume of pigs sold during the January to April 2015 period was 156,200 tonnes, 3.1% less than during the same period a year earlier. (Source,


Successful meat sector
Mexican pork consumption has risen from 11kg per person per year (cwe) in 1989 to 17kg in 2014. However, poultry consumption has jumped from 11kg to 32kg over the same period. This growth has been largely at the expense of beef consumption, which has fallen from 27kg to 15kg. Altogether, Mexico is now the seventh largest meat producer in the world. (Source, various)


Pork import certificate
The consultation on the new draft certificate for pork and processed pork products on the WTO site concluded on 15 May. It follows OIE guidelines, a welcome departure from past Indian practices. The sampling and analysis of product at arrival shall be borne by the importer. (Source, Asian Pork)


Raw pork restaurant restrictions
Japan will prohibit restaurants from serving raw pork, including the highly prized speciality sashimi porcine liver. This is due the risk of hepatitis E and parasitic infections, the ban will take effect by mid-June. The authorities believe raw pork is behind the increase in cases of Hepatitis E, 146 cases were recorded in 2014 compared with 55 in 2011. (Source: La Vanguardia Ocio)



General price deflation
Following its peak in August 2014, at index 212, world meat prices have tumbled to index 171.4, according the FAO food price index (2002-4 = 100). All agricultural commodities including dairy products, cereals, oil seeds and sugar have now entered a period of deflation, with meat prices comparatively less affected. The fall of pork prices in and outside Europe fits this general trend. (Source, FAO)

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