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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

04 August 2015

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 4 August 2015AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 4 August 2015

British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

UK exports of pork products were up by 1.1% in the five months to the end of May. This follows a major revision of HMRC data. However, the data indicates that pork exports in the month of May alone declined by 12% compared with May 2014 to 12,800 tonnes, a figure now likely to be revised upwards. Offal exports were also lower. However, exports of processed pork products increased. Due to lower average prices, total export value was down 13.6% for the same period.

Colombia has concluded its approval process for a number of market access applications for the export of animal products from France, Portugal and Spain. For the first time, Colombia is applying the equivalence of inspection control systems for several EU Member States which will open the door for simplified registration of export establishments. This implements an important commitment of the EU-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Colombia is experiencing a boom in production, up 14% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2015, half of the 65,000 tonnes production comes from the Antiquia Province in the northwest.
AHDB will join the Meat Importers’ Council of America as an association member from 1 September.


More pork…
In the first half of the year, Germany slaughtered 25.33m pigs, up 2.7% year-on-year. The data from the Federal Ministry does not even include the returns of small abattoirs. The increase is even higher in recent weeks. These large volumes, combined with further production increases in the main exporting countries of the Netherlands, Denmark and Spain are applying downward pressure on pork prices. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)

…and more losses
Pork prices are languishing and have not benefited by the traditional summer bounce. The comparison is startling. German producers were paid €1.74 per kg in the second half of 2013, €1.60 in the first half of 2014 followed by €1.51 in the second half of 2014 with €1.42 being paid in the first half of 2015. (Source, AFZ)


The price!
Following the French farmers' demonstrations and their claim for higher returns, a recent poll showed that 13% of French consumers would be prepared to pay 20% more for French beef, the proportion falls to 8% for pork… Nevertheless, 49.3% of French consumers are prepared to pay more for French pig meat compared with 55.8% for beef and 52.3% for poultry. However, 38% are not prepared to pay more for their pig meat compared with 37% for poultry.

Intermarché invests in French pork
One year after taking over the Josselin (Morbihan in Brittany) abattoir from Gad, Agromousquetaires, the subsidiary of Intermarché, is investing €20m in the site. The objective is to reach a slaughter capacity of 28,000 pigs per week compared with 23,500 today. Together with its other pig abattoir in La Guerche, Intermarché should rely on the supply of 51,000 pigs per week. These pigs will be processed to produce either fresh pork or further processed products, Intermarché owns sevem charcuterie factories. The pigs should come from three groups: Alvetis, Prestor and Cooperl Arc Atlantique through contracts, the price used will be from the Plérin cadran (auction market) until further negotiations take place.

Pigs: The tendency last week was for the stabilisation of prices across Europe. The market was not strong enough to lift prices. No changes are anticipated in the short term. Only the end of school holidays in Germany in the middle of August could be good for the North European pig market.
Piglets: The prevailing tendency is still towards a decrease in European prices. This is due to the seasonal trend in prices, difficulties for the breeders and a very slow pork market.



More protests in France
The Spanish pork sector protested robustly following the destruction of Spanish pork from two trucks from Barcelona and Aragón. (Source, Eurocarne online)



Exports resume to Belarus
The Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of Belarus has reported that pork imports from Russia can resume. Pork imports from Russia were banned due to the ASF epidemics. Belarusian inspectors visited three Russian slaughter and processing companies for approval. (Source,


ASF registered in Kyivska oblast
In 2015, ASF has regularly been registered in the north of Ukraine. There have been several cases registered in Chernihivska oblast, the latest being confirmed on 23 July. At the beginning of this week, the disease was also registered in Kyivska oblast, Lab tests on 28 July on samples from dead pigs from a breeding farm in the Brovarsky region, confirmed ASF. (Source,


Record stocks
Frozen pork stocks reached the record level of 282,000 tonnes, about 28% of which are legs due to excess production and poor sales. Pork production was up 7% in the first half of the year, up 16% in June alone. This high level of stock should lead to lower prices over the coming months. (Source, Drover Cattle Network)

Further market research highlights high ethical credentials
Market research firm Packaged Facts, reports that 57% of respondents said they regularly buy more ‘healthful’ meat items, while only 10% said they did not. Additionally, more than 40% of respondents reported shopping for meat from local sources compared with 22% who said they didn’t. When asked if they were concerned about the use of antibiotics and hormones in meat production, 56% of consumers said they were concerned while 21% appeared not to be concerned about this issue. More than 53% of respondents said they worry about preservatives and additives in meat, and 40% said they seek out meat products from animals that were raised humanely. (Source, Package Facts)


Holland to start exporting pork to India
According to Pig Progress, Holland may soon start exporting pork to India. It should be in the south around Goa and in the east near the border with Myanmar. (Source, Pig Progress)


Weaker growth is impacting on commodity markets including agricultural products
Goldman Sachs, Lombard Street Research, Capital Economics and Oxford Economics all agree that Chinese growth rate is currently below 4%, a record difference with the official rate of 6.8%. Domestic demand for electricity and rail freight is falling and Chinese industry growth has ground to a halt with deflation of 4.6%. The Chinese stock market is currently propped by Government with traders forbidden to sell. The Chinese Securities Finance Corporation now owns US$200b worth of Chinese stocks. In addition, capital outflow is reaching record levels. It is no wonder that the CPB index for world’s shipping contracted by 1.2% in May, having been negative in four of the last five months. In short, China’s relatively poor economic performance in what is called the “middle economic trap” is the main reason behind the major commodity price downward swing. (Source, The Telegraph, various)


Higher production
According to the General Statistics Office, Vietnam currently has about 27.2m pigs on farms, up 2.9% on last year. Production reached 2.05m tonnes of pork in the first half of the year, an increase of 3.9% compared with a year earlier. (Source, Asian Agri-biz)


WTO Case
The USA has brought a case against Indonesia with WTO for violating agreements on pork imports. At the moment, only five US plants are approved and imports are severely curtailed. The USA recently won a joint case with WTO on beef over Indonesian trade restrictions. (Source, Asian Agri-biz)

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