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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

02 November 2015

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 2 November 2015AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 2 November 2015

British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

The European Commission has published its price forecasts for 2016. Q1 prices are predicted to be down at €140.77 per 100kg from €142.70 in Q4-2015. They should start to increase in Q2 at €149.70 per 100kg despite rising supplies. The UK will still have the highest producer prices in Europe after Malta in 2016.
A Korean veterinary mission visited a pork plant this week in order to learn about the application of HACCP in the UK.

An Indonesian veterinary inspection of pig semen facilities coordinated by the British Pig Association took place this week. We understand that the visit went well.


New Albert Heijn
The new concept store in Eindhoven has a high class feel, probably in response to Jumbo’s two Food market stores in Breda and Amsterdam. The large meat section has two butchery counters, one of them on pre-prepared meats, and five large cabinets: pork, poultry, beef, lamb, game, organic meat and pre-prepared meats. An interesting idea was to upgrade the frozen meat section, place it in the butchery area and make the offer more interesting. Fresh pork segmentation is disappointing: standard pork (1* Beter Leven), scharrel pork (British, 2* Beter Leven, high welfare standards), organic pork. The British pork offer (not labelled as such) benefits from a new, more attractive packaging. (Source, own)

Pulling ahead
The pulled meat craze has also hit the Netherlands and Belgium, with retailers now offering pulled pork and pulled beef. A new company called Slow Cooking Masters has just opened in Deurne and is offering cooked-in-the-bag/sous vide/slow cooked meats. (Source, own)


Vall Companys expands Cinco Villas
Vall Companys has enlargened its abattoir, cutting plant and cold stores in Ejea de los Caballeros (Aragon), creating 500 jobs. The company is eyeing the Japanese and Korean markets. In addition, Vall Companys has built on the site a plant to dispose of 5,000 tonnes of pigs per year. (Source, Eurocarne)

Spain climbing EU rankings
The Spanish pork industry is becoming more consolidated, moving from a model of relatively small-scale farming and processing to one based on larger integrated companies and bigger barns, which will feed into greater production efficiency, according to Rabobank analyst Albert Vernooij. (Source,

Strength of the pork processing sector
The sector used 1.760m tonnes of pork in 2014, up from 1.298m tonnes in 2005. Despite rapid growth over the last ten years, processed poultry products only represent 5% of the volume of pork processed. There are now 4,932 operators, a fall of 28 against 2014, some 829 of which are located in Catalonia, 995 in Andalucía and 818 in Old Castile. Consumption fell by 6.6% between 2013 and 2014. This is partly explained by a fall in population in 2014. Cheap sliced cooked meats are the winners. Exports have risen from 87,000 tonnes in 2005 to 143,000 tonnes in 2014. Interestingly, Third Country exports have fallen from 22% to 16% in volume, mainly due to the loss of the Russian market. (Source, Eurocarne)

The Spanish Chorizos Consortium is born
A total of 18 producers of Spanish Chorizo have formally created the Association Consortium of the Spanish Chorizo, this was formalised before an official Notary in Madrid. In 2014, Spain exported around 30,000 tonnes of chorizo. The objective of the new entity is to defend the origin of the authentic quality Spanish chorizo (Source, C de Comunicación)

Tello to invest €18 million
The investment will cover the expansion of their production facilities and acquisition of new machinery (Source, Alimarket)

Tervalis Gourmet investment
The Tervalis Gourmet Group has begun an investment of more than €20m. The first phase of the investment will be at its Ham subsidiary, Airesana, and they have an ambitious trade and investment agenda planned. (Source, Alimarket)

Escorxador Frigorific D’Osona expansion
The pig slaughterhouse based in Vic (Barcelona) has started an expansion project. This will be fully operational by the first quarter of 2016 and involves an investment of €4m. The facility will be expanded from 7,000 sqm to 10,000sqm. (Source, Alimarket)

Casademont looking to new markets
Casademont is opening new markets like India, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. They expect to reach 70 countries over the next two years. Exports account for 55% of their turnover and by 2017 will reach 70%. The company bases its international expansion plan in a model of strategic alliances with local companies to collaborate in areas such as technological, commercial, legal or logistics (Source, Alimarket)



Approvals for Malaysia
According to FNICGV and Culture Viande, five French pig abattoirs were approved on 15 October to export to Malaysia, three other sites are also waiting for confirmation of their approval.

Pork “J’aime”
Through its subsidiaries; Abera for slaughtering and Sanders for animal feed, the Avril group confirmed its partnership with the Fleury-Michon processor. They aim to produce 2,000 pigs per week destined for the retail range of hams and joints named “J’aime” launched at the end of September. The feed must be GM free, the cereal of French origin and no antibiotics beyond 42 days. Today, 21 producers are involved in the project who will supply Abera with 100,000 pigs per year. Each producer should receive a premium of €6.30 per pig to cover the extra costs.

Trade balance
During the first seven months of the year, exports of pig meat from France decreased by 14.6% to €428m, down €73m year-on-year. During that same period, imports of pig meat decreased by 10% to €493m increasing the deficit of the trade balance by €18m to €65m.

New appointment at FICT
The French Federation of Charcuterie Processors presided by Robert Volut has a new General Manger, David Bazergue. He left “Fromages de France” to join and manage FICT which gathers 295 companies, representing 34,000 employees and production totalling 1,246,000 tonnes of charcuterie with a total turnover of €6.7b.

Le Porc Français
The second consumer communication campaign of the year, supported by Inaporc has just been launched, with articles in daily national press on 23, 24, 30 and 31 October. Some more advertorials will be placed in the women’s press, culinary press and TV press from October to December. In short, 14m consumers will be exposed 4 times to “Le Porc Français” adverts. POS kits material will also be distributed to independent butchers and supermarkets. The motto is “Enjoy your food the French way!”

Still no price at MPB: The new MPB convention is still being strongly discussed between groups of producers and abattoirs, the final document may not be ready before the beginning of November.
Pork: As announced, quotations did not recommence last Monday at Plérin. Prices set by abattoirs should be more competitive, close to German prices. The market has difficulty in absorbing the current production. This is illustrated in the ‘Zone Uniporc ouest’ by an increase in carcase weight of 162g compared with the previous week. It has been an upward tendency for the last 4 weeks.
Piglets: According to FNP-Coop de Frances, prices for the 25kg category decreased by €c8. As far as the 8kg piglets are concerned, the price dropped by €1.30.
Cuts: Asian countries are the main destinations for European pig meat exports. Even if, over the first eight months of the year, the volume decreased by 20% to Japan and 36% to Hong-Kong compared with the same period last year. In contrast, shipments increased by 47% to China and by 27% for South Korea.


Tönnies to continue to slaughter boars
Wilhem Jäger, Farming Director for Tönnies has denied that the company is stopping the slaughter of entire males. At the moment, 40,000 young boars are slaughtered weekly and are tested by 32 ‘noses’. Some 4-5% of carcases are rejected at a high cost to the company. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)

Over the last few weeks, sufficient demand from slaughter facilities enabled producers to achieve unchanged pig prices, despite the comparably high numbers. Problems, however, were mentioned from the meat market during this time. At the start of the current week, almost all slaughter facilities called for a reduction of the pig price to match decreasing prices and low sales of pork cuts. Although there are still some regions with a roughly balanced pig market in Germany, most producers agree that the demand is decreasing in the face of reasonably high pig numbers. As a result, the recommended price was reduced by €c4 per kg to €1.38 per kg. (Source, AMI)



Pan Kurchak is pork export leader
During the first nine months of 2015, Pan Kurchak exported 8,600 tonnes of pork which was nearly 25% of total Ukrainian exports. The farm that contributed most to the company export shipments was in Radoshyv, Volynska oblast, where British breeds of pigs are bred. (Source,

ASF update
ASF outbreaks are now not only being reported from areas bordering with Russian or Belarus, but are spreading into inner oblasts of the country. According to the State Veterinary Service, a pig died in Sumska oblast, on 21 October, tests proved the cause of death was ASF. Nine pigs died in a private household in Poltavska oblast and tests also showed the ASF as the cause of death. Cases have also been reported in Odeska and Mykolayivska oblasts. In all cases, local authorities and state services are taking measures to prevent further spread of the disease. (Source,


Pork production 4.8% higher
During the January to September period, slaughter pig production in Russia totalled 2.727m tonnes, 4.8% higher than during the same period in 2014. Vladimir Labinov, the director of the Animal Breeding and Pedigree Livestock Farming Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, attributed the increase to the reconstruction of old farms and launching of new pig breeding complexes. The increases were predominantly in the Tambovskaya and Smolenskaya oblasts. (Source,


Marcel increases export sales
The processor from Iasi County in the North of Romania is planning to expand its export sales of fresh pork and processed products to the UK, Italy, Benelux and Cyprus. The company owns a large pork farm, an abattoir and a processing plant. It operates 18 stores in Romania. It employs 300 staff. Volumes are unclear but turnover is about €20m and exports now represent 40% of turnover. (Source, Global Meat News)


Campofrío increases turnover
Campofrío Food Group’s Mexican owner has reached a turnover of €1,342, 9.5% more than the same quarter from 2014. According to the group, the increase is mainly due to a 7% lift in prices and a 2% rise in marketed products. 58% of the total turnover came from foreign operating companies. The Net profit in the third quarter reached around €158m. (Source, Eurocarne)


New board?
The Farm Products Council of Canada will hold public hearings on a proposed national pork promotion and research agency by the Canadian Pork Council funded by farmer levies. It would replace provincial bodies across the country and impose levies on imported pork and pork products. (Source, Manitoba Cooperator)


NH imports
Nipon Ham Foods Europe (NH Foods) imports about 50,000 tonnes of bones from Europe per year. Unsurprisingly, their main suppliers are Tönnies and Danish Crown. They have also an exclusivity agreement with Pini which covers the four abattoirs of the firm. (Source, own)

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