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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

11 August 2015

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 11 August 2015AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 11 August 2015

British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

UK pork is now allowed for export to the Seychelles under Export Health Certificate 7725EHC.

The Greek crisis, particularly the difficulty of payments for imports is starting to affect the European pork market as a whole. Imports of Dutch pork, Holland being the main supplier to Greece, have fallen by 75%. Meanwhile, Greek pork prices have also soared in recent times. This means large quantities of Dutch pork are trying to find alternative markets in Europe, dragging down prices.


Fall of production
The number of sows and gilts in Italy stood at 673,051 head at 31 December 2014. In 2010, the number was 784,858 meaning a fall of 14% over the four-year period. (Source, Eurocarni)


Les “Mousquetaires” invest in French pork
The subsidiary of Intermarché is planning to invest €55m over the next five years in their supply chain for pig meat and pork processed products. On top of the €20m to be invested in Josselin (see previous bulletin), Les Mousquetaires wish to allocate €25m to modernise the kill lines at Gâtine viandes and in La-Guerche-de-Bretagne and another €10m in the Briec facility in Finistère, Brittany.

Y chromosome + X chromosome + Insemination + Artificial = YXIA. This is the new joint venture resulting from the association of Cobiporc and Amélis (Evolution group) cooperatives. The two companies decided to pool their expertise in R&D to rationalise their activities in a very competitive market. All Cobiporc activities including transport (Cobitrans) will be merged.

French retailers engage with French supply
In addition to the letter sent to the 36,000 Maires (City Leaders/Mayors) asking them to favor French origin in their purchasing (without conflicting with rules of public calls to tender), French retailers have also moved towards French origin: Carrefour will ensure that all DIA (hard discount branch) hams are French and will also start 14 new French references at Fleury-Michon and 16 at Herta. Intermarché own brand will be 100% French and Leclerc may move in the same direction as long as it is legally acceptable within competition laws.

Pigs: The market was not very strong at the beginning of the current week. According to ‘le Marché du Porc breton’, slaughtering rates were very low due to the poor market. The 56TMP base price lost €c0.1 last Monday at Plérin.
Piglets: The current trend is still leaning towards a decreasing market in France. Offers are extensive in the face of demand best described as prudent. However, it is to note that FNP-Coop de France indices increased by €c4 for 25kg weaners and €c72 for 8kg piglets.
Cuts: The market is very calm. If retailers are restocking at the beginning of the month, they are being very cautious, possible due to the current weather forecast.



Recommended price eases
Due to ongoing difficulties on the German meat market, the price for slaughter pigs has remained under increasing pressure this week. Almost all slaughter facilities report poor meat sales and low margins on both German and international markets. Therefore, processors have demanded a significant price decrease of between €c5 and €10 per kg. In contrast, the availability of slaughter pigs is still comparably low, especially in southern Germany and the market seems roughly balanced. Nonetheless, producers partially followed the requirements of the slaughter facilities and reduced the recommended price by €c2 to €1.38 per kg. (Source, AMI)

Tönnies enters the Animal Welfare Label
The German Animal Welfare Association and Tönnies have signed a license agreement for the use of an animal welfare label. In the first step, Tönnies will recruit suitable farms and advise farmers. Subsequently, controls will be monitored by an independent and trained certification body. It is anticipated that market entry will be, at the earliest, at the end of 2015. Ultimately, timings will also depend on which trading partners Tönnies can convince to use of the new Animal Welfare Label. (Source, topagrar-online)





Branded pork
K.I.M., the co-operative that represents 150 producers has launched a local pork brand, Majjal Ta’ Malta. See The pork is sold in 250 Maltese butcheries and the pigs use British genetics with a slaughter weight of 110-115kg. (Source, Eurocarni)


More pork at foodservice
Pork remained the fastest-growing protein in the foodservice industry over the last four years, according to a new study by Technomic. Growth in the foodservice pork category of 2.5%, in 2015, outpaced the total protein gain in the sector which was less than 1%. The study reported that processed pork has driven the growth in the pork category since 2013, growing by 2.8% on an annual basis and making up 78 per cent of the total volume. Pulled pork was one of the fastest growing categories, almost doubling in volume since 2013. (Source,


Cherkizovo sales hit by ASF
The largest meat producer in Russia has experienced a fall of pork sales during the first half of the year, falling by 9% on the year to 74,900 tonnes. The fall is due to the outbreak of African Swine Fever in December 2014, sales at the poultry and processing divisions are up. Cherkizovo had begun a major £215m pig farm project following the approval of a loan from Sberbank, which will enable the company to develop farms housing 46,000 sows. The project will allow the company to boost pork capacity by 70%, leading to an overall meat capacity of more than one million tonnes per year (330,000 tonnes of pork and 670,000 tonnes of poultry meat). (Source, Cherkizovo)

Auchan accused
Rosselkhoznadzor says it has uncovered DNA of foreign meat species including horse meat in minced pork, beef and lamb sold by Auchan. It must be noted that the case has been raised by the import control agency and not Russia’s food safety agency and follows the ban of Dutch flowers and possible ban for Ukrainian pork. Auchan with 88 hypermarkets, including many around Moscow, is the most successful foreign retailer in Russia. A few days ago, Metro was also accused of putting banned imported food on its shelves. (Source, various)


Depopulation of wild boars planned
On 3 August, the Deputy Director of the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service reported that, due to the increase in cases of ASF, a number of decisions regarding the depopulation of wild boars will be made by the authorities. Previously, ASF outbreaks in the Ukraine have mainly affected private households or wild boars. However, on 28 July, ASF was detected at the agricultural complex Kalyta, in the Kyivska oblast. The pigs on the farm have been slaughtered to prevent further spread of the disease. (Source,

Uncertain market
The beginning of August brought controversy to the Ukrainian pork market. Demand from finishers for pigs eased, due to the risk of ASF infection and prevailing high prices suppressed demand from processors. Rumour on access to the Russian market also added to the lack of clarity on the market. (Source,

New Zealand

No more antibiotics?
New Zealand plans to abandon the use of antibiotics in livestock production… by 2030. (Source, Pork Network)


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