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AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin

21 March 2016

AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 21 March 2016AHDB Pork Weekly Export Bulletin - 21 March 2016

British Pig Executive Weekly Export Bulletin

New support measures were announced for the pig meat and dairy sectors following the very important meeting of the Agricultural Council in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday. Regarding pig meat, the Commission will give its full consideration to a temporary acceptance of state aid that would allow Member States to provide a maximum of €15,000 per farmer per year and no national ceiling will apply. This can be done immediately and much more quickly than an increase in de minimis ceilings. In response to the proposals for a new private storage aid scheme for pigmeat, Commissioner Hogan will consider the introduction of a new scheme. The details of the scheme, including the timing of its introduction, will have to be confirmed. On promotion, the €30 million already earmarked for the pigmeat and dairy sectors last September will be supplemented by an additional amount to reflect the market disturbances in those sectors. Following the Milk Market Observatory set in 2014, a Meat Market Observatory will be set up, covering beef and pigmeat. Finally, financial instruments involving the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and Export Credit are now considered.

At the meeting, the European Commission acknowledged the total lack of progress regarding the reopening of the Russian pork market. However, the Commission pointed out progress with US, Japanese, Brazilian and Ukrainian negotiations, despite sensitivities from France among others regarding beef and TTIP.
AHDB Pork attended the leading Foodex show in Tokyo last week, which ncluded nearly 2,000 international exhibitors. AHDB Pork joined the Great Britain pavilion in the International hall, the booth met with keen interest for British pork. This show allows us to keep in touch with importers and develop relations in this important but slow-burning market.


End of strike at Cooperl
Directors of Cooperl reached agreement with representatives of the worker’s unions on Friday 11 March for them to cease striking. Although some issues remain unresolved, employees accepted to go back to work on 14 March and discussions will now take place in a quieter atmosphere.

Cooked ham under pressure
In 2015, the price war between French supermarkets was felt by the charcuterie sector, where cooked ham remains the traditional heavy weight. Retail sales of charcuterie products decreased by 0.1% in value and cooked ham sales lost €10m out of a total turnover of €1.4b. In 2015, dry charcuterie sales increased by €14.5m, representing the highest growth of the charcuterie sector, where dry ham holds the largest market share with 44%. Leading brands are Aoste (17.2% of the segment), followed by Delpeyrat (5.8%).

Ham sandwich v burger
According to Bernard Boutboul, Head of Gira Conseil, within two years, sales of burgers could match ham sandwich sales in France. Last year, sales of ham sandwiches decreased to 1.23b units and represented 55% of sandwich sales compared with 58% in 2014. The consumption of ham sandwiches has decreased for two consecutive years and fell by 3.22% in 2015. During that same time, sales of burgers increased by 11.21% representing 1.19b burgers.

Pork: If the recent German price rise is encouraging, it still needs to be confirmed to enable the whole of the EU to gain strength. France is ahead of the group in terms of prices, as a result of some stability on the market, in a complex context of balanced supply and demand. The average weight of carcasses remaining stable at 94.8kg for a slaughter approaching 363,000 pigs according to the Marché du Porc Breton.
Piglets: The piglet market is close to balance and is even gaining in fluidity, according to some operators and this is despite a lack of improvement in the charcuterie pork trade. Last week, prices remained stable with the FNP-Coop de France indicators gaining €c1 for 25kg weaners and €c12 for 8kg piglets.
Cuts: With 1,254,365 tonnes of pork exported in 2015, representing an increase of 19% compare to 2014, Spain has reached a new level of export, according Marché du Porc Breton. 892 351 tonnes were sent to the EU members states, in particular 270,646 tonnes to France, 9% more on the year. Spain has also developed their sales to third countries, including growth to China, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines.


New producers’ organisation?
Belgian producers and stakeholders in the pork sector believe a new organisation is needed to communicate information to farmers on feed and pork prices. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)

China approval
Van Gool has now been authorised to export pig meat directly to China, this is in addition to the existing approved operator, Belgian Pork Group. (Source: Mercolleida)


Kaiser’s Tengelmann takeover
After months of struggle, Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel has given permission for the controversial acquisition of the supermarket chain Kaiser's Tengelmann by the retail giant Edeka. Gabriel reported in Berlin that he has issued a ministerial permit with strict conditions for the acquisition. Edeka must guarantee almost 16,000 jobs at Kaiser's Tengelmann for at least seven years. The competition authorities feared that the market power of a few trading companies would be greater following the merger, to the detriment of consumers. Edeka, Rewe, the Schwarz Group (Lidl, Kaufland) and Aldi dominate the market already with 85% of the market. The retailer group Rewe has announced legal action against approval. Rewe CEO, Alain Caparros, said the company would file a complaint against the decision of the Federal Minister of Economics at the Higher Regional Court of Dusseldorf. (Source,

Second price increase
Despite the slightly higher price, demand from the slaughterers remained comparably high. The upcoming Easter holiday and the improved weather have resulted in higher sales of pig meat and overall prices improved for pork cuts. In several regions, producers report comparably low and barely sufficient pig supplies. This situation is supported by the fact that several producers expected another price increase and therefore reduced the pig deliveries during the first half of the week. As a result, the recommended price was once more increased to €1.33 per kg. It is, however, unclear if the slaughter facilities will react with their house prices. (Source, AMI)


A case of falsification
A farmer has been arrested for allegedly falsifying the breed of 1,421 piglets and passing them off a 100% Iberian pigs. (Source, Eurocarne)

ElPozo Alimentación exports increase
The value of ElPozo Alimentación meat exports in 2015 increased by 27.8% to €145m. (Source, Eurocarne)

Argal gets bigger
Argal has bought a 51% share of the Just Gourmet Group. The company, created in 2004 in Palamós, specialises in the development and marketing of a range of premium products for the gourmet market. (Source, Eurocarne)


Lean meat percentage too high
With the lean meat percentage of Dutch pigs up to 59.1%, Vion comments that the pigs are already too lean for optimal utilisation. (Source, Boerderij Vandaag)


More disagreements at IFA
Long-standing disagreements with the Irish Farmers’ Association Pig Committee have flared up again, with 13 of the 23 strong committee walking away from a meeting following the rejection of holding a vote of non-confidence in the chair, Pat O’Flaherty. Obviously, the low pig prices explain the current tensions. (Source, Irish Farmers’ Journal)


Demonstrations against low prices and supermarkets
A large demonstration by pig and dairy farmers will take place in Porto on Monday. (Source, Portugal News on line)


Lower production
The Austrian Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics predicts a decline in pork production of 2.9% to 4.73m pigs in 2016. This forecast is based on the results of the December general livestock census. The census results show that the population in Austria declined to 2.85 million pigs in 2015, a decrease of 0.8 % compared with the previous year. (Source,


Higher pig population
As of 1 February 2016, the total pig population in Russia was 21.9m head, up 8.9% compared with the results of 1 February 2015. Leaders of the growth are Tverskaya, Nizhegorodskaya oblasts, Krasnoyarskiy Krai and the Republic of Bashkortostan. (Source,


SEUROP in Ukraine
Euro-Commerce Ltd is the first Ukrainian company that has implemented SEUROP pig carcase classification. (Source,

Wholesale pork prices
In the second half of March, liveweight wholesale prices for pork in the Ukraine continued on an upward trend. As of 11 March, the price range was UAH28.5-29.5 per kg (US$1.05-1.09$ per kg) and up to UAH30 per kg (US$1.11 per kg) in the eastern regions. (Source,

Lower pig population
Data published by the State Statistic Service, shows that as of 1 March, the pig population in Ukraine totalled 7,140,900 pigs, down 3.1% compared with the same date in 2015. (Source,

ASF registered in Kirovograd oblast
After 15 pigs died in a private household in Voynivka, Kirovograd oblast, laboratory tests showed that the cause of death was ASF. This is the first ASF case in the oblast that previously was free from the disease. (Source,


Canadian’s pig population increase
From the 1 January 2016, the Canadian pig population totalled 13.3 million head, representing an increase of 0.7% on the year, thus maintaining the slow recovery that began in 2014 and settling at its highest level since 2008 (Source, Mercolleida)


Lower pig meat exports
According to the Animal Health and National Quality Service of Paraguay, in the first two months of 2016, 139,000 tonnes of pig meat, valued at US$223,777, was exported, compared with 195,000 tonnes worth US$352,922 shipped in the same period of 2015. Demand has been impacted by the Russian crisis and also by currency devaluation and Brazilian production. (Source, Eurocarne)


Record edition this year
SIAL 2016 takes place in Shanghai from 5 to 7 May and will host 2,900 exhibitors in 11 halls. Some 66,000 visitors are expected at the largest Chinese food exhibition. AHDB Pork will once again exhibit in the dedicated meat hall. (Source, SIAL)


Antibiotics off the menu
Taiwan's consumer protection authorities have launched an initiative to encourage the country's food suppliers to stop selling meat and fresh food products containing excessive antibiotics, in response to a global campaign to get antibiotics off the menu. (Source, Focus Taiwan)

PEDv Resurfaces
New reports from Taiwan indicate that pork producers are struggling to contain porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in the central and southern regions of the country, raising concerns about supplies of domestic pork possibly tightening this summer (Source, USMEF)


Producers gets tough on smuggling
Pork producers across the country issued an ultimatum in a prelude to a “pork holiday”, demanding that Malacañang take steps to curb pork smuggling or they will withhold their meat products from the market. The group said that around 202m kg of pork was smuggled outright or through misdeclaration, into the country between 2010 and mid-2015. This translates to about P9b in lost revenues for the government. (Source, The Standard)


International interest at Foodex
The Spanish and Italian pavilions were two of the largest at this year’s exhibition, with both including raw and processed pork exporters. The US, being the leading pork supplier to the Japanese market, had a large pavilion. Belgium and Germany pork interests were also represented. However, two major pork exporters to Japan, Canada and Demark, were not exhibiting at the show. (Source, own)

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