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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

15 June 2015

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 15 June 2015AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 15 June 2015

British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

The European Commission has secured market access for pork and fresh pork preparations (eg sausages), processed pork products and breeding pigs to Kazakhstan. We hope to apply these certificates for the UK. Kazakhstan is part of the Customs’ Union with Russia and Belarus, and exports are likely to be difficult although not impossible.


Charcuterie consumption
The French federation of charcuterie (pig meat processors) published its yearly situation which shows a 1.5% increase of charcuterie consumption to 1.1 million tonnes. This positive figure is mainly due to strong performance in the food service sector compared with stagnating household purchases. Usage of charcuterie products in snacks and other proper sit-down meal replacements pushed charcuterie consumption in the food service sector by 5.1% in 2014 compared with 2013. Reflecting the general situation of the French pig meat industry, the share of imported products increased by 4.8% while exports decreased by 3.5%. Altogether, the financial situation for French processors improved last year thanks to lower raw material cost and tax credits.

Credoc survey
According to the consumer research institute, French consumers rated pork with 5.5 out of 10 for nutritional balance and rated charcuterie with 5 out of 10 for the same criteria. This compares with 6.3 for beef and 3.2 for prepared meals. In terms of the “pleasure of eating”, pork and charcuterie scored 6 compared with 3.5 for prepared meals.

Top brands
In terms of market penetration and number of yearly purchases per household, Herta is the top brand in France with 231 million purchases, up 4%, with Fleury-Michon second with 210 million purchases, an increase of 2%.

Brocéliande ham in Milan
Brocéliande ham, coming from pigs reared without antibiotics from weaning, is one of the 10 new products presented in the French pavilion at the Universal exhibition Milan Expo 2015 running until the end of October.

Pigs: Despite all the supply carried over from the previous Thursday, the 56 TMP base price increased by €c0.3. Demand from buyers was higher, due to the beginning of the month and the good weather which is good for seasonal products.
Piglets: The French market is still under pressure. Offers are currently ample for the stable demand situation. FNP-Coop de France prices stayed stable or even increased. Last week, they gained €c6 for 25kg weaners and €1.19 for 8kg piglets.
Cuts: Consumption has increased. According to FranceAgriMer-Kantar Worldpanel, purchases of pork by French consumers over the 4 weeks ended 17 May increased by 6.1% compared with the previous 4-week perod; +6.5% for loins and + 4% for other cuts. From the beginning of the year, total tonnage decreased by 2% compared with the same period in 2014, loins decreased by 4.2% but tendency is good for other cuts at +11.9%. According to Agreste Data, the beginning of the year was not as bad as Kantar indices might have shown: during the first three months, consumption was higher by 3.9 % to 524,101 tonnes.



Grants available for higher welfare
The Agriculture Minister of Niedersachsen has made €28m available for the renovation of pig and poultry units to higher welfare standards. He also said, in contradiction to the Federal Minister, that higher welfare standards were “illusory” and that changes should be driven internally in Germany. (Source.Boerderij Vandaag)

Lower numbers enables second price increase in a row
Demand for slaughter pigs in Germany is currently comparably high. At the same time, the offered numbers were again lower than in the previous week and slaughter weights appear to have decreased. Although there are still regional differences with a more balanced market in the South, the overall situation indicates that there are insufficient slaughter pigs to meet demand from the slaughter facilities. On the meat market, sales for barbecue meat increased due to the higher temperatures. Overall, however, prices for pork cuts cannot increase fast enough to keep pace with the pig market. Nonetheless, producers were able to increase the recommended price to €1.53 per kg. (Source, AMI)



On the European market, chilled hams continued to trade at similar price levels on the week. The British bacon market was reported as stable. A good trade was reported to China and sales to Japan were described as stable. (Source,



Booming Spanish production
Spanish pork production rose by 8.5% in the first quarter compared with the same period of 2014 to 1.034m tonnes. (Source, Eurocarne on line)

Agreement to boost meat exports to China
The Business Organisation for the Spanish Meat Sector (Confecarne) and the Export office for Spanish Meat (OECE) have signed an agreement with the China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Association (CIQA) to boost exports of meat and Spanish meat products to China. (Source, La Gaceta)



Even more complications
The European Commission says Russia may decide to delist all EU approved plants due to the suspension of trade, owing to the lack of information of standards of those establishments. This would make matters more complicated for a resumption of trade. (Source, European Commission)

Higher pig population, falling imports
At the beginning of May, the Russian pig population totalled 21.2 million head, 16.6 million pigs on commercial farms and 4.6 million in private households. During the January to April period, chilled and frozen pork, fat and pork by-products and live pigs (in slaughter weight) imports totalled 36,970 tonnes, 61.1% less than during the same period in 2014. Specifically, chilled pork imports decreased by 44% to 1,800 tonnes, imports of frozen pork decreased by 57.6% to 47,700 tonnes, pork by-products fell by 83.7% to 1,300 tonnes and pork fat imports were 74.7% lower at 6,200 tonnes. No live pigs were imported during the period. (Source,

Pork prices decrease
As of 3 June, the average price of pork half-carcases of first grade was RUB166 per kg (US$3.15 per kg) which is RUB11 less on the week. The second grade pork average price decreased to RUB162 per kg (US$3.07 per kg) compared with RUB173 per kg a week earlier. Prices for pork in live weight also decreased, the average eased by RUB9 per kg to RUB110 per kg (US$2.08 per kg). (Source,


Falling consumption
The sharp fall in the value of the hryvnia should lead to a fall of pork imports from 120,000 to 30,000 tonnes in 2015. As a result, consumption is predicted to fall slightly by less than 10% this year as pork is becoming unaffordable. Production should fall by further 5% this year, despite the payment by government of debts long due to farmers. The very low hryvnia should entice foreign buyers as pork prices currently stand at a Sterling price of £1.20. (Source, various)

Pork prices rise
On 8 June, the average pork price in the central region of the Ukraine increased to UAH31.5-32.7 per kg (US$1.52-1.58 per kg). Meanwhile, in eastern and western regions the average purchase price grew to UAH32-33.5 per kg (US$1.54-1.61 per kg). (Source,


Wild boar slaughter
The slaughter of wild boars in Belarus is a vital measure to prevent the spread of ASF in the country. According to the State Forestry Union, wild boar slaughter results were best in Gomel Region, each day about 1,000 hunters killed an average of 300 wild boars. As a result, from 1 March to 31 May, 2,010 boars were killed in Gomel Region, taking the total to around 5,000 boars across Belarus during the period. (Source,


Antibiotics use now the main topic
The gradual disappearance of antimicrobials as growth promoter was definitely the main theme at this year’s edition of World Pork Expo in Des Moines, displacing PEDv. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced during the show that the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), requiring veterinary oversight for all antibiotic usage in animal production, will become law. That comes on top of already existing FDA regulations stating that antibiotics can no longer be used for growth-promoting purposes from 2017. (Source, Pig Progress)

Canadian and Mexican retaliation
Trade and agricultural ministers from Canada and Mexico issued a joint statement confirming that the two countries will seek authorization from the WTO to impose retaliatory measures against the United States. This is due to the country-of-origin (COOL) labelling regulations that have been found to be non-compliant with WTO requirements. The statement specifies that Canada will request authorization for US$2.16b (£1.08b) in retaliatory measures and Mexico will seek authorization for US$653m (£326m). The House Agriculture Committee voted on 20 May to approve a bill repealing COOL requirements for beef, pork and chicken, and the bill will be debated by the full House next week. The time frame for Senate consideration of COOL legislation is not yet clear. (Source, various)


New PEDv vaccine
Harbin Weike Biotechnology has introduced a new triple vaccine against the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) that also protects against Transmissible Gastroenteritis (TGE) and type G rotavirus. Research was conducted by Dr Feng Li of Harbin Veterinary Institute. The vaccine will not protect against all PEDv variants, however, Chinese pigs have developed some immune response. Incredibly, the vaccine is administered at the Hou Hai acupuncture point between the anus and the tail. The USDA has provisionally licensed two PEDv vaccines. (Source, Asia Pork)

Fight against Fraud
Asian Pork reports on three criminal rings, uncovered by the police, selling diseased dead pigs for human consumption following FMD outbreaks in seven provinces. We have reported on two of these in past bulletins. What is new is the use of insurance agents according to reports widely published in the Chinese media. The agents would help the gangs to locate and buy diseased pigs then government officials would be bribed to issue quarantine certificates and inspection stamps and, in some cases, just sell the blank forms. Ironically, the insurance was designed to discourage farmers from hiding disease outbreaks and the safe disposal of diseased animals but, as the insurance would cover only part of loss, they would organise the carcase to be picked up for cash. FMD and low pig prices have worsened the issue as farmers have tried to save on vaccines. Also, authorities have closed many unlicensed abattoirs. The Dezhou plant in Shandong Province of Xincheng Jinluo – People’s Food, one of China's largest food companies has also been caught buying diseased pigs, following a television report. (Source, Asian Pork)


New pork processing plant for CP
Charoen Pokphand (CP) from Thailand is investing £10m in a new meat processing plant. At present, the company operates two pork and two poultry plants and is currently building a third one for a turnover of £1b. CP aims to grow its market share from the current 6-8% by targeting modern retailers and increase the number of its own stores which now stands at 300 for CP Shop and 12 CP Fresh. (Source, Asian Pork)


San Miguel posts higher revenues
The major processor posted a net income of £42m with a turnover of £1.2b in 2014. The company plans to increase the size of its retail business that includes Monterey meat shops and expand in Vietnam and Indonesia. (Source, Asian Pork)

New GGP farm for Hypor
The Dutch breeder exported 333 GGPs to populate a Brookside Breeding nucleus farm in Tarlac Province. (Source, Asian Pork)

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