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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

14 December 2015

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 14 December 2015AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 14 December 2015

British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

The APHA Carlisle office has been badly flooded with all telephone lines now cut off. Staff were relocated to Preston on 8 December onwards. The issuing of Export Health Certificates (EHC’s) is still taking place with small teams operating from Penrith, Preston and Dumfries. However, a turnaround in 24 hours is unlikely for the next few days. Staff still have access to email. Please allow extra time when planning shipments. Today, current delay is three days. It is anticipated that the team should return to Carlisle from Monday and certification work will return to normal over the next couple of weeks. A message was sent to all exporters.
It is now confirmed that Private Storage Aid (PSA) for pig meat will open on Monday 4 January 2016.
The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement was finally signed last week. It means a cut of tariffs for fresh and frozen pork from 15% to nil over 7 years and 20% to nil over 9 years for offal. The agreement must come into force before the end of 2018.

The UECBV, the European association of meat processors has rightly highlighted risk to lose market share of meat imports if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is implemented before the EU-Japan Free Trade Association. According to French analysis by IFIP, this would happen from 2018. The UECBV says: “As a consequence, in terms of priority for the FTA conclusions, Japan shall be at the top of the list, before the USA, for the benefit of the EU agriculture, agri-food and meat industries.”


Marel takes over MPS
Meat processing equipment company Marel has taken over MPS at a cost of €382m. MPS was founded in 1904 in Holland and changed its name from Nijhuis to Meat Processing Systems recently. Nijhuis was taken over by Stork in 1987. The company was bought by a venture company in 2001 and added Butina and Anitec, the leaders of CO2 stunning and blood processing to its portfolio. MPS has a turnover of €150m and benefits of €40m. MPS has 670 staff and produces slaughter equipment for pigs, cattle and sheep. Marel was founded in 1977 by two Icelandic engineers. It also has a presence in fish and poultry processing. It bought Carnitech from Denmark in 1997 and Stork poultry division in 2008. Marel has a turnover of €713m. The enlarged company, now the largest in the world for slaughtering equipment, will be jointly based in Reykjavik and Boxmeer. It will be managed by Dutchman Theo Hoen. The other Dutch company producing slaughtering equipment is Meyn with a turnover of €250m and is specialised in poultry processing. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


Bigard – Socopa: €40 to €50 million in Evron
Jean-Paul Bigard has decided to increase the competitiveness of the Socopa plant in Evron. He will invest in automation and freezing equipment in order to compete with the best Danish plants.

Brient: €6.8 million in Mordelles
The Britany based charcuterie processor is extending its site with an additional production area of 1,500sqm and 4,000sqm for logistics and order preparation. The number of employees will increase from 320 to 370 by 2018.

Jean Caby: €25 million in Comines
The cocktail sausages and hot dog specialist is investing in a new 9 900sqm plant located in Comines, the new plant should be operational in 2017.

Cooperl: €40 million in Plestan
The French cooperative is investing in a new plant in Brittany. The factory will be dedicated to process and logistics linked to the Lamballe abattoir. The new site should open during 2017.

Lur Berri supports his producers
Producer members of the cooperative increased standard pig production by 1.5% in 2015, compared with 2014 and by 17% for Label Rouge pigs. This is the result of a program designed to invest €500,000 over 4 years to support pig producers.

Pork: A slight decrease was reported in the base price, yesterday at Plérin. The average price eased marginally to €1.067 per kg. According to “Marché du porc Breton”, France remains less competitive than other European competitors on export markets.
Piglets: FNP-Coop de France indices are decreasing. For 8kg piglets the price eased by €1.08 per head and for 25kg weaners lost €c6. On the contrary, in Brittany the price for 25kg weaners increased by €c1 per head.
Cuts: According to some market participants, the market was reasonably strong at the start of the current week. But sales are expected to be less buoyant in the approach to Christmas, the New Year and school holidays in the next 10 days.


Comparable to a number of other markets, the German pig market is now mostly balanced. Available numbers are decreasing while demand from slaughter facilities is at a normal level. The prices for pork cuts has remained mostly unchanged and for some cuts, including loins, even increased due to the forthcoming holiday season. In the northern regions, some producers thought a price increase was reasonable. However, the majority of producers and slaughter facilities thought an unchanged pig price was reasonable. Therefore, the recommended price for slaughter pigs in Germany remained at €1.25 per kg. (Source, AMI)


Mission to West Africa
The International Department of the Catalan Federation of Meat Industries (FECIC) has organised a direct mission to Ghana and Ivory Coast, alongside representatives of the following companies: Cárnica Batallé, Frigorífics Gelada, el Grup Viñas y Patel. AHDB Pork, led a simiar mission to the region in 2013. (Source, C. de Comunicación)

ElPozo Alimentación
A group of Japanese journalists visited ElPozo Alimentación to meet its unique model of integration which ensures full traceability of its products. The meeting was coordinated by Interporc, in order to promote the consumption of pig meat in Japan. (Source, Eurocarne)

Exports on the rise
Spanish pig meat exports in September recorded its second strongest month of the year to date, at 164,000 tonnes, 26,000 tonnes more than September 2014. (Source, Mercolleida)

Interporc promotional plan for 2016
In 2016, Interporc will strengthen its presence in both mature and newly opened markets by promoting Spanish pig meat. An increased presence will be made in markets anticipated to open to Spanish pork soon. Interporc will again be present in China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, France and Germany. New programmes are expected to start in Vietnam, Mexico and Colombia. (Source: C. de Comunicación)


Danish Crown pays £28.4m extra to pig farmers
Kjeld Johannesen, Danish Crown CEO, reported that: “We are working hard to ensure it pays to be a member of our cooperative. At least, we must be competitive in terms of the prices we pay for their pigs. Therefore, it is wonderful that we are able to deliver a return that is significantly higher than last year”. (Source:



Lower prices in 2016
Artur Loza, the President of the Ukrainian Pig Breeders Association, in his interview to the Ukrainian news agency Unian, said that in 2016, pork prices will remain low or may even decrease which may make some of the producers leave the business. He claims that currently pork producers have very low margin between the cost of the pork and selling prices. (Source,

Pork export may decrease
According to market experts, pork exports from the Ukraine could fall by 40% if Russia introduces a ban on Ukrainian meat imports. Artur Loza, the President of the Ukrainian Pig Breeders Association, said pork exports in 2016 may fall to 10,000 tonnes. “If the Russian market is closed for us, the remaining markets are those of Georgia, Kazakhstan and partially China”. However, the current situation may be favorable for the Ukrainian pork producers because low pork price will make their product more competitive on other markets. (Source,


Details of the new California antibiotics use legislation
The SB27 regulations follow the veto of SB835 in 2014 also by Senator Hill, which sought to prohibit the use of medically important antibiotics for feed efficiency or growth promotion. Beginning on 1 January 2018, SB27 requires injectable and other medically important antibiotics not delivered through feed or water to be purchased with a prescription issued by a veterinarian. SB27 does not alter how antibiotics are administered under the California Veterinary Medical Practice Act or change the nature of the veterinarian-client patient relationship. So long as a relationship exists, veterinarians can prescribe antibiotics to a producer under a one prescription for up to a sixth month period. Producers must consult their veterinarian at least annually, however, SB27 does not require a veterinarian to administer the antibiotic or issue an individual prescription for each time an antibiotic is needed to treat, control or prevent disease. (Source, California Cattlemen’s Association)

Wendy’s welfare
Wendy’s has become the latest restaurant chain to announce it will work with its US and Canadian pork suppliers to eliminate the use of sow gestation crates by 2022 (Source, Wisconsin Ag Connection)


Maple Leaf to higher standards
Maple Leaf Foods says it’s launching what it calls an “animal care commitment” designed to improve conditions and reduce discomfort for animal in the food supply chain (Source, News Winnipeg)


US promoting pork in Colombia
The US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) will host two educational seminars on their pork in Colombia this week. The seminars will focus on helping importers, distributors and foodservice companies with the technical and commercial aspects of handling and merchandising fresh and frozen US pork. (Source, Pork Network)


Brazil’s woes will benefit exports in 2016
Forecasters are looking to a further retraction of the economy of more than 2% of 2016. The Real has lost 75% of its value against US$ since July 2014 and further devaluation is expected due to net capital outflow and resilient inflation. This will increase the competitiveness of Brazilian pork exports despite relatively high prices. Consumption is still under strain. It is not helped by housing costs rising by 18% in 2015 and unemployment predicted to reach 7.4% next year. (Source, GIRA)


Celebrating top Aussie hams
Australian Ham Week, which ran from 29 November to 5 December, celebrated the finest home-grown hams. One of the highlights of the week is the Australian Ham Awards, which recognises the best 100% Australian ham (Source, Stock and Land)

New Zealand

New welfare regulations
The regulations on loose sow housing came into force on 3 December. (Source, The Pig Site)


Fake veterinary products seized
Eight provincial veterinary drugs inspection bodies including Heilongjiang Institute of Veterinary Drugs Feed Control confirmed the discovery of 92 batches of fake veterinary drugs. (Source, CNAgri)

Another Wen venture
Wen signed an agreement for a 600,000 pig breeding project cooperation with Yongqiao district, Suzhou, Anhui. Some 600m Yuan (£60m) will be invested in building a feed mill and four breeding farms; the project will adopt the business model of integration of family farms. (Source, CNAgri)


Stable outlook
The number of pigs in Vietnam should increase from 27.2m head this year to 27.5m in 2016 according to local government sources. These will product 3.6m tonnes of pork. (Source, The Pig Site)

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