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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

23 November 2015

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 23 November 2015AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 23 November 2015

British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

UK pork exports are performing well. During the first nine months of the year, they were up 1.37% in volume to 136,582 tonnes, a good performance in view of UK prices and the strength of Sterling. High performing markets include Sweden (+45% at 7,255 tonnes), the USA (+45% at 3,459 tonnes), Poland (+400% at 2,920 tonnes) and, of course, Greater China. Offal exports to end of September increased to 39,777 tonnes, up 15%. This will not come as a surprise to exporters who have been very active this year.
We attended the World Food exhibition in Beijing organised under the Anuga banner. The show was surprisingly busy given its proximity to FHC and exporters were happy with the outcome. This show caters mainly for Northern China.

At the Agriculture Council that took place in Brussels on Monday, the European Commission indicated that the new private storage scheme for pork is expected to be adopted early in December and enter into force in January 2016. Copa-Cogeca called for the measure to be implemented in December. The current difficulties in the European pork sector were discussed. Longer-term measures will be considered by the Commission.
A note from the Belgian delegation to the European Commission highlights that current value of fat/lard is averaging €0.40 per kg in the EU compared with €1.50 per kg in the Russian Federation. It is assumed that, without the ban, EU pork fat/lard exports to the Russian Federation would have performed as well as in previous years, ie 350.000 tonnes per year, taking into consideration the needs for these products in the country. The loss for the EU pork industry can, therefore, be estimated to be €385m in 2015. Fats are in theory not included in the embargo.


Production rebounds
Italian statistics show a rebound of pork production in H1 of 6.2%, with heavy pigs up 6.4% to 5.479m head. Live weight is up to 169.9kg which is not surprising considering lower feed prices. Altogether, production is up 15.4% year-on-year. (Source, Eurocarni)


Limited fall of consumption
The average fall in meat consumption is only 1.2% per year for the period 2011-2015 according to GfK data. The issue rests rather with the substitution of pork by chicken. For processed pork products, for which Germany has one of the highest consumption rates in the world, the contraction is only 0.5% per year. The market research organisation points out the rise of the number of flexitarians. The number of vegetarians is stable at 4%. (Source, GfK)

Latest on Initiative Tierwohl
The flagship German pig and poultry welfare scheme has now collected €85m from retailers. To 12 November, about 12m pigs have entered the scheme that pays producers €c4 per kg for higher pig welfare. There are 2,142 pig farms approved and a further 2,690 on the waiting list. The scheme now employs 81 auditors. (Source, Initiative Tierwohl)



Jean Floc’h purchases CAP Diana
Via its holding company, Porcis, the Jean Floc’h group has purchased the subsidiary of Diana, CAP Diana. This company specialises in back fat used in meat product presentation, in sauces and side products. The new company is named CAP Solutions Culinaires with a new logo and the following strapline: “Let’s reveal our flavors”. This new acquisition will allow the Jean Floc’h group managed by Michel Boulaire to increase its development in intermediary food production.

Pulled pork rewarded
The best new product of the year for the food service sector was awarded by “Produit de Bretagne” to Brocéliande (Cooperl brand) pulled pork with BBQ flavor, 500g packed “sous vide” with 29 day shelf life which is also available frozen.

Biogaz Europe
The next exhibition “Biogaz – Europe” will take place on 27 and 28 January 2016 at the Parc des Expositions in Nantes. More information on

Pork: France remains a depressed market with limited demand seen since the beginning of the week. Abattoirs have delayed collecting pigs resulting in higher carcase weights. Availability is also increasing because of strong competition from Spain with aggressive prices.
Cuts: According to the November IFIP report, ex-factory prices of retail packs of pork chops and joints, and industrial pork-based preparations are under pressure. On average, over the first 9 months of the year, prices have remained below 2014 lleves: 4% lower for chops, 10% down for joints and 2.5% lower for charcuterie products (except pâtés and rillettes). Industrial packs represent about a quarter of the total market of fresh pork in France.



New, interesting prize for animal welfare
The Dutch association of pig producers is planning to award yet another prize for animal welfare. This one comes with a twist. The Pinocchio prize will be awarded to the pig welfare lobby group that tells most lies. A comprehensive shortlist of seven organisations has been published. Dutch readers can vote at (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)

European Union

New promotion programme for pork
The latest round of approved programmes includes Danish meat to China by the Danish Agriculture & Food Council (€ 4.6 m.), Latvian meat to Norway, Azerbaijan China and the USA (€ 1.2 m.), Lithuanian meat to Africa, North America and the Middle East (€ 2.8 m.) and Portuguese Porco Alentejano (Iberian pork) to Portugal, Spain and France. The Danish programme which is likely to be pork- and single country-focused is fairly large. (Source, EC)


Ban for pork from the Cherkasy Food Company
On 12 November, Rosselkhoznadzor banned the import of pork from the Cherkasy Food Company due to the outbreak of the ASF registered in Cherkasy oblast. (Source,


Belarus banned import of pork from Cherkasy oblast
After an outbreak of ASF was registered in the Cherkasy region, the Ministry of Agriculture of Belarus banned import of pigs, pork and materials received from pigs to Belarus from Cherkasy oblast. Earlier, the Ministry banned import of pork from Mykolayiv and Odesa oblasts where outbreaks of the ASF were also registered. (Source,


Lower pig population
According to Ukrainian State Statistic Service data, as of 31 October,totalled pig population in Ukraine totaled 7,695,900 pigs, down 3.2% compared with the same time a year ago. The number of pigs in private households amounted to 3,850,300 pigs, while the number of pigs in all kinds of pig-breeding enterprises amounted to 3,845,600 pigs. (Source,


Seaboard’s new plant is progressing
The new £165m Triumph-Seaboard giant plant has created 1,100 new jobs. It should replace the John Morrell plant that closed in 2010 with the loss of 1,400 jobs. (Source,

Larry Pope retires
Kenneth Sullivan is the new CEO of Smithfield Foods. He replaces Larry Pope who is retiring. Kenneth Sullivan came to Smithfield in 2003 and was earlier this year appointed president and chief operating officer. Earlier, Sullivan served as chief financial officer, 2013-2015, vice president of Finance 2010-2013 and chief accounting officer from 2007 to 2013. (Source, Smithfield Foods)


Olymel takes over Lucyporc
Aliments Lucyporc, owned by the Robitaille Group, is a Québec pork processor. The company specialises in niche products such as "Nagano pork" and exports much of its production to Japan and other export markets under various brands. There is a total of about 400 employees in the company, which expects to continue unchanged with the new owners. (Source, Radio-Canada)


Huge Brazil Food
The company now slaughters 185,000 pigs a week with pork production totalling around 800,000 tonnes. In addition, Brazil Food produces 3.9m tonnes of poultry. The access to local cheap maize is essential. Some 50% of the meat is exported, with 270,000 tonnes of poultry shipped to the EU. Brazil Food owns a processing plant in Wrexham and another in Holland with a number of sales offices in the UK and Continental Europe. (Source, Brazil Food)


More pork imports from the EU
European pork now represents 73% of all pork imported into China. Total imports for the first nine months of the year is up 42% to 374,000 tonnes. (Source, CNAgri)

New uses for pigs
Chinese scientists have successfully modified pig genes in order to produce human serum albumin, a protein made by the liver (gene CRISPR/Cas9). Pig albumin shares 80% of its amino acid composition with human albumin but cannot be used directly. Currently, human albumin is extracted from human blood at a cost of £4 per gram. Human albumin is used to treat a number of conditions including liver diseases and traumatic shock. Previously, modified pigs kept producing pig albumin alongside human albumin making the product unsuitable. This time, the genes were inserted in fertilised eggs using the ‘knock-in’ technique. In another development, US scientists at Harvard have developed a gene editing pool that switches off 62 copies of porcine endogenous retrovirus in pig cells, potentially clearing away obstacles to transplantation of pig organs in the human body. (Source, China Daily)

New Internet site for meat sales
The Chinese Federation of Supply Marketing Co-operatives has launched a direct Internet service that allows consumers to buy meat directly from producers at The site also allows producers to purchase agricultural suppliers. Cofco also has its own e-commerce site at and is aiming for a listing by 2017. Some 10% of all retail sales now take place on the Internet in China. (Source, Global Meat)

Tyson’s push
The major US processor of pork, poultry and beef is to spend US$16m (£10.5m) in promoting its product on the Chinese market in 2016. It is launching 22 new frozen products and will collaborate further with e-tailers. (Source, China Daily)




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