- - news, features and articles for the meat processing industry

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

20 July 2015

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 20 July 2015AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 20 July 2015

British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

A scientific report from the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) on the continuing epidemic of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the feral boar population at the Eastern borders of Europe draws some interesting conclusions. The epidemic is limited to the wild boar population. The favoured control measure would be a reduction of boar populations by 70% by conventional hunting.


New economic study
The Dutch pork sector contributes 26,000 direct jobs and €21.5b to the Dutch economy. Some 7,000 people are involved in pork processing and 2,700 people in the feed sector. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


Ongoing problems at the German meat market
The German pig market is currently split, with the market for slaughter pigs on one side and the meat market on the other. Due to comparably low slaughter pig numbers, the recommended price moved up marginally last week. In the current week, numbers have not increased and an unchanged price seems reasonable. However, on the other side, meat sales are low and achievable prices are even lower. Therefore, slaughterers’ orders are extremely cautious and they have not been inclined to pay higher prices. Therefore, the recommended price was slightly reduced to €1.40 per kg this week. (Source, AMI)


“Porc cul noir limousine”
In English “Limousin black bottom pig”; this traditional French breed has been found in the Limousin area for five centuries and totalled 130,000 pigs in 1900. It is a hardy breed producing a very fat carcase (over 6cm back fat). The breed suffered from competition from modern breeds and decreased to 13,000 pigs by 1953 and almost disappeared by 1975 when all boars of that breed had to be slaughtered. Luckily, French farmers can sometimes not be very disciplined and one of them kept a boar and the breed recovered with 50 sows and 3 boars by 1981 and now has 158 sows and 40 boars with 26 breeders and 20 finishers. The average selling price is €3.40 per kg cwe; the average gross margin is somewhere between €50 and €135 per pig sold. Some finished pigs are sometimes sold at auctions where they can reach €2,000 per animal.

“Marché du Porc Breton”
Xavier Beulin, President of FNSEA (French leading farmers union) believes that the Brittany-based auction market “Marché du Porc Breton” (MPB) has a negative impact on prices and favours European competition.

Processors under pressure
At the last annual general meeting of Inaporc, processors were criticised for not mentioning the origin of pig meat used in their products (about 50% of the offer in supermarkets) but Robert Volut , President of FICT (processors’ federation) claimed that 85% of products used by the industry are French. Today, 35% of pig meat products are labelled with French origin including half using the VPF standard.

2CV in the garage
Communication material for the brand of the Aoste group, together with all Carrefour branded items, are the targets of active groups of farmers using the strong TV coverage of the Tour de France to pass on their messages. Threatened pig farmers from Brittany usually use the famous old Citroën 2CV to promote “Cochonou” charcuterie products on the Tour de France. However, this year the car stayed in the garage.

Pigs: Last Wednesday, the situation in Germany changed following a €c2 rise in its base price, despite the market for pork not being that good. The German ‘AMI’ indicates that Southern German abattoirs may apply this increase but that the situation could be different in the North. While German production is still increasing, the demand seems lower than the usual seasonal level. Only the market for grilling cuts is good which does not allow abattoirs to value the whole carcase. The Belgium base price increased only by €c1 and in Italy the increase was €c2.7.
Piglets: There were no changes on the piglet market, the tendency is towards stabilisation or a slight decrease depending on the region.


The European market is still suffering from limited demand. However, lower pig supplies this week have resulted in the market being roughly balance between supply and demand. Fresh hams and loins traded at unchanged price levels with other cuts selling at slightly lower prices on the week. The British bacon market was reported as stable. Strong activity was reported to China while trade to Japan and other third country markets was reported as quiet. (Source,


Frenzied price war on pork
Pingo Doce stunned Portugal with a promotion of sliced boneless pork loins, CAP packed, at the incredible price of €1.99 per kg. This probably used excess stocks of Spanish loins. However, this represents a record low in the never-ending price war on pork. Continente, the main competitor to Pingo Doce, hurried to match the offer, slashing its price from €4.19 to €1.99 per kg with money back at the till. (Source, own)


European Union

African Swine Fever
The epidemic is still raging in Central Europe with 89 cases recorded in June at the Eastern borders of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. (Source, Eurocarne)


Price war
The East Coast of the USA is experiencing a renewed price war due to the merger of Food Lion (Delhaize) and Giant (Ahold) as well as the growing impact of Aldi. This is affecting retail pork [prices with Safeway proposing pork chops at US$1.99 per lb. (£2.84 per kg), beating Giant also on promotion with pork chops at US$2.99 per lb. However, chicken is making more and more market share gains. Chicken leg quarters are proposed at US$0.99 per lb. (£1.41 per kg) by Giant. (Source, own)


New ASF outbreaks
New outbreaks of ASF have been registered in Russia. As of 10 July, cases were registered in private households in Tarusskiy region of Kaluzhskaya oblast, Bolkhovskiy region of Orlovskaya oblast and Khomutovskiy region of Kurskaya oblast. The diagnosis was confirmed by results of lab tests. Currently, Rosselkhoznadzor is taking measures to minimise the risk of further spread of the disease. (Source,

Russian pork prices
Pork prices in Russia decreased 5% last week. As of 13 July, the average wholesale price for first grade pigs in the Central region of Russia in liveweight was RUB115 per kg (US$2 per kg). Half-carcases produced in Russia cost RUB177 per kg (US$3.1 per kg) while the cost of imported half-carcases was RUB171 per kg (US$3 per kg). Imported boneless neck cost RUB289 per kg (US$5 per kg), shoulders RUB232 per kg (US$4.07 per kg), brisket RUB165 per kg (US$2.89 per kg). (Source,


Pig population decrease
According to the data provided by the State Statistic Service, as of 1 July, the population of pigs in the Ukraine totalled 7.725m head, which is 2.9% lower than at the same time a year ago. (Source,

Pork price rise
During the second week of July, pork prices continued to increase, mainly due to currency devaluation. At 13 July, the average range for pork prices in eastern regions of the Ukraine was UAH33.2-36.0 per kg (US$1.50-1.63 per kg) and in western regions UAH35.5-36 per kg (US$1.60-1.63 per kg), while the price range in the central region was UAH 34.8-36/kg (1.57-1.63/kg). (Source,

DOWNLOAD REPORT:- Download this report here

Share This

Related Reports

Reports By Country

Reports By Category

Our Sponsors